Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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What to expect from a Value Based Interview (VBI)?

If you have been invited for a Value Based Interview (VBI), the first thing to remember is that there are no right or wrong answers. There is also nothing for you to prepare in advance of a VBI, as this interviewing technique is about exploring how and why people do things in any given situation.

The interviewer will ask you to give examples of real life situations you have experienced, so we would encourage you to reflect on your working practice in advance of the interview and expect to be asked specific questions around situations you have been in. An example of a VBI question will be 'Tell me about a time when you went the extra mile for someone?'

The interview panel will ask between two and four questions depending on the job role, all of which will relate to the Trust Values which you can familiarise yourself with using this Personal Guide to Values and Behaviours - use the link below to view:

The process is relatively informal, but structured to ensure fairness and consistency. Many interviewees actively report that they enjoyed their Value Based Interview when they gave feedback.

The VBI interview will be confidential. However, if any safeguarding concerns regarding a child or vulnerable adult are raised in the interview, then the Trust reserves the right to escalate these concerns appropriately to ensure the safety of the child or vulnerable adult.

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