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Value Based Interviewing (VBI)

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) started to use Value Based Interviewing in 2013.


Our use of Value Based Interviewing followed a successful partnership with the Health Foundation and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

The programme of work sought to ensure that our organisational values were reflected in the day-to-day care we provide, through designing and delivering value based interviewing as part of our recruitment process.

The Trust's core values were drawn up from the following themes identified by staff:

We recognise that the values and attitudes of our staff can have the greatest impact on the quality of patient care and patient experience.

VBI has been used and established in a number of organisations, including the NSPCC. It has been shown to effectively identify candidates who are a 'better fit' for the organisation, and therefore the right people to deliver the best service to patients or service users, and it has also been demonstrated that VBI helps to ensure that those recruited are more likely to be happy and engaged in their roles because of their fit with the organisation's culture.

VBI is underpinned by robust research, and it has been proven that this interviewing method facilitates the recruitment of people more aligned with organisational values and behaviours, and helps recruit high-performing and effective staff.

What to expect

If you have been invited to an interview and would like more information on what to expect, please visit:

What to expect from a Value Based Interview

If you would like any further information about the Values into Action Programme at the OUH please contact us.

Contact us

Organisational Development Team: 01865 226871

Last reviewed:04 September 2023