Midlands Interview preparation sessions

The Midlands Academy is supporting finance staff in preparing for interviews by offering one-on-one sessions with a HFMA coach.

The Interview preparation sessions are a one hour MS Teams call with a HFMA coach. These sessions are designed to prepare you for an upcoming interview in NHS finance, equipping you with the necessary skills to excel in the interview.

What does the session cover?

  • Discussing your approach for the interview, including any presentation or focus group elements if applicable.
  • Considering what research to do in advance.
  • Preparing some scenario type answers to behavioural interview questions.
  • Practicing how to answer difficult “mock” interview questions linked to the job description and person specification.
  • Discussing and responding to questions about personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Receiving feedback on your answers and how you deliver them – in terms of content, voice and body language, and delivery.
  • Discussing you final questions to ask the interviewer.
  • Responding to feedback after the interview.

Terms and conditions:

  • This is only open to colleagues applying for roles in NHS finance and remaining in the Midlands. You must send the job description of the role you are interviewing for and any supporting material across to your coach, ahead of your session.
  • Due to the fast pace nature needed to prepare for an interview, these sessions are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Applications for these sessions are approved by the Programme Manager of the Midlands Finance Academy.

If you are interviewing for a role outside of the Midlands region you can access the national One NHS Finance Mock Interview Scheme. Contact one.finance@nhs.net for more information.

How do I apply?

  • Send an email to becky.vine@hfma.org.uk containing a paragraph explaining the role you are applying to and when the interview will take place. You will then be put in touch with a HFMA coach to discuss availability.


If you are interested in other opportunities to support you in your current role, you can view some of the opportunities below.