6 tips for a Skype Interview for Medical Roles (Pre-interview)

Skype interview tips

Preparing for your Skype Interview

Moving overseas for work is a big decision and while there are many steps that medical personnel have to take before securing a job, such as registering with Irish medical bodies, doing the IELTS and other exams; things really begin to hit home when you get your first interview. If you are overseas, it’s very likely that your interview will take place over Skype.

Here are 6 tips to help you with your Skype interview:

Check the tech 

Depending on where you are, you may either have a great internet connection or your connection may be choppy. A day prior to your interview, contact one of your friends via Skype and sort any connection or hardware issues you might have. Nothing is worse than receiving a call from a prospective employer to find that your head phones don’t work or your speakers don’t function. Interviewing consultants usually have a fixed amount of time to interview and too many glitches may result in them moving on to the next candidate on the list. Remember that your interview will very likely take place over a video call so you’ll need a stable internet connection.

Clean up your profile

In face-to-face interviews, an interviewers’ first impression of you influences how you are assessed. In the same way, what your interviewer first sees when they add you on Skype will inform their impression of you. Check your profile picture and status to make sure that they convey professionalism.

Stand Out

Look yourself up on Skype. You may have other users with similar names or multiple IDs. To make it easier for the interviewer to find you and to avoid further delays, choose the ID you are going to use and ensure that it is different from the other ones so that you can let the interviewer know which ID you’ll be available on. You can do this by adding an initial to your name or by describing the profile picture on the ID you will be using.

Dress the Part

While the interview is not face-to-face, treat it as one. Dress as you would for a regular interview because interviews tend to be conducted over video calls and the interviewers will be able to see you.

Set the Scene

As interviewers tend to use the video call function, how you present yourself and your environment is important. Find a quiet, well-lit space and ensure that you are not disturbed. Often times interviews are scheduled one after another and can sometimes run into each other or be delayed so make sure that you have access to this place for at least half an hour before and an hour after your scheduled interview time.

Don’t Forget Your Documents

Keep your passport or other identification documents with you as you may be asked to present them. Keeping your CV with you is handy as you can refer to it when talking through your experience.

While many of these tips may seem obvious, we have had occasions where candidates have tried interviewing while commuting, on vacation at the beach and in the corner of a busy ward. Have you interviewed over Skype before? Have you got any advice? Share your tips with us! Tweet us @ThreeQ


The Benefits Of Yoga For Nurses

The benefits of yoga for nursesNurses – Put Yourself First For Once And Unwind With Yoga!

Nurses are extremely skilled and are great at taking care of others. However, more often than not, they forget to take care of themselves.

It’s been proven that taking part in yoga consistently, has positive effects on stress relief and emotional health. A study carried out in 2015, found that after completing an 8 week yoga intervention, the participants reported significantly higher levels of self-care and less emotional exhaustion. Before you take care of anyone else, you have to put your own health first!

So for all of those days that you are taking care of everyone around you, don’t forget that you’re allowed to be selfish and take care of #1 first! (That’s you by the way!)

So why not take even 30 minutes a day. Just for you to unwind. Any time, any place that has a flat surface and just breathe.

Here are some of the ways that Yoga can help you do just that!

Here are some of the benefits of Yoga:

  • Increased Flexibility.
  • Stress Relief – Modulates perceived stress and anxiety by slowing down rapid breathing and heart rates, lowering blood pressure and increasing heart rate variability.
  • Increased muscle strength and tone.
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality.
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism.
  • Weight reduction.
  • Cardio and circulatory health.
  • Improved athletic performance.
  • Protection from injury.

Regular Yoga practice during stressful weeks can also improve mental clarity and concentration, making nurses more likely to manage their stress and pressure more effectively.

Never done yoga before? Hakuna Matata, my friend because there are so many styles of yoga that you can try as a beginner. Hatha Yoga is often recommended for beginners for the following reasons:

  • It’s gentle,
  • It has a slower pace
  • It encourages people to focus on correct alignment and form, to support their bodies.

The best-known styles of Yoga include Hatha, Bikram, Kundalini and Ashtanga Yoga. It is important to find a class that suits your work and lifestyle and discuss benefits you want with the instructor before signing up.

I don’t have the time or the schedule for Yoga classes every week!

I thought we might run into this problem! Don’t worry you don’t need to go to classes because there are so many great channels on Youtube that you can watch and learn from in your own time and for free! I highly recommend Yoga With Adrienne for a great 30 day yoga challenge!


CNMs and DONs – What you should know about the EU GDPR

GDPR for ADONs and CNMs

Are you a Director of Nursing or a Clinical Nurse Manager?

You should know the following about the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

There has been a lot of buzz in the HR sector around the new data protection regulations that come into force next year. Last week, I got down to reading up on the GDPR and what struck me was the fact that these changes could potentially affect many of the companies we work with.

What is it and does it affect me?

New data protection regulations are due to come into force in May 2018. These regulations define how organisations use personal data. Personal data is any information that can be used to directly or indirectly identify a person. This includes: names, photographs, email addresses, bank account details, social media posts, medical information and even computer IP addresses.

This also includes medical identifiers such as specific genetic, physical, physiological and mental factors.

Further, health data is held to an even higher protection standard. Therefore, whether you work in a hospice, nursing home or provide day or home-care services, the GDPR will affect you.

The GDPR specifically mentions three health related data sets:

  1.  Data Concerning Health

    This refers to physical and mental health data. This includes information that reveals a person’s health status; such as information about the provision of healthcare services. Case sheets, patients’ records and diagnostic reports all contain health data. If your place of work accesses and stores this kind of information, it’s important to be aware of GDPR and the changes to obtaining, storing and using personal data.

  2. Genetic Data

    This refers to data regarding inherited or acquired characteristics which reveal information about the health or physiology of a person. This particularly deals with data that’s been obtained from the analysis of a biological sample from the person in question.

  3. Biometric Data

    This refers to physical, physiological and behavioural data that’s been obtained through specific technical processing and allows the identification of a person. If part of your security, sign-in or clocking procedures involves fingerprint or iris scanning, this constitutes biometric data.

The processing of these 3 data types is prohibited unless one of the following conditions applies:

  1.  The person whose data you’ve collected must have given explicit consent to the processing.
  2. The processing is necessary for preventive or occupational medicine in order to assess the working capacity of the employee, for medical diagnosis, the provision of health and social care or for the treatment and management of health and social care system and services.
  3. It is necessary for  the public interested in the area of public healthcare.

If you work in a healthcare setting and either:

  • keep patient records.
  • collect and store information regarding patient and service users’ medical history.
  • perform and store medical test results and/or behavioural and physiological assessments.

Then the GDPR is certainly something you should be aware of.

As a CNM or DON you may have access to your staffs’ personnel files and while this may not be health-specific, it may still fall under the GDPR.
At Three Q Perms & Temps, we’re getting GDPR ready. If you would like to find out more, the EU GDPR website has additional resources and Absolute Security Solutions has published a Whitepaper about the EU GDPR in Healthcare.
Have you started preparing for the GDPR? In the coming weeks, I’ll discuss what’s different about the GDPR and what to do to ensure that you’re compliant so if you’re already in the process of changing data-protection policy, let me know how it’s going for you; whether it’s been smooth sailing or difficult to put into place.

Employee Recognition – 6 Ways To Show Appreciation To Your Hard Working Staff.

It doesn’t take much to give recognition to good staff.  Employee Recognition is a huge factor to staff morale and many companies overlook it’s importance.  Remember: to win in the market place, you need to win in the work place. It’s also important for staff retention and good people are great for business. Here are some free valuable ways to recognise good staff.

Employee Recognition

Employee Recognition – 6 Ways To Show Appreciation To Your Hard Working Staff.

Employee recognition doesn’t have to be all about paid bonuses and monetary rewards, sometimes it’s the smaller things that can be more meaningful and make employees feel more appreciated. However it can be hard to think of ways to incorporate recognition into the workplace so here are a few ideas:

  1. Show Appreciation In Team Meetings 

A lot of the time, people overlook verbal praise as a way to show appreciation. Set aside just 20 minutes a week to meet with your team. Talk about their strengths of the week and remind them of how much you appreciate the work that they do for the team.

Everybody loves to hear about the “great job” that they’re doing and to be quite honest, good feedback from a manager can sometimes lead to an employee working even harder because they want to make you happy and continue to be recognised. It’s a very important cycle. If you are happy with their work you and you let them know, they will be happy with you for giving that feedback and they will work hard. The cycle will continue.

  1. Reward Special Achievements 

Show that you recognize someone’s overtime hours by giving them extra free time during the work day. Offer a 2-hour lunch, a late arrival or an early finish. Most of our Three Q Team love an early Friday! It costs you nothing but it goes a long way in communicating your gratitude. It will also push other employees to work hard because everyone will want to be rewarded!

  1. Send a Deserving Employee Snail Mail

Admit it, it makes you feel good when you see a letter in your mailbox (not your e-mail – your actual mailbox) with your name on it (When you know it’s not a bill, that is). So imagine you get that envelope, and you open it to find a letter from your employer, singing your praises. How good would YOU feel? So why not?  Use this in work for employee recognition. It takes absolutely no time to write a short note and it’s all for the cost of a stamp, but it will make a big statement.

  1. Everyone Loves A Meme 

Catch your staff off guard by creating a funny, personalized meme about them and e-mailing it out to everyone. Choose your image and type a funny message that includes the recipient’s name and a congrats for all the great work they have done. This one takes a little creativity but it’s free and it’s funny and it will make your employees happy. So just give it a try!

  1. Motivation Mascot

Provide your team with a mascot! Buy a big, cheap, silly object and make it a symbol for the employee of the week! Every Monday, put it on a different person’s door or desk to show that they are the chosen one. Don’t fear if, at first, your staff acts like it’s cheesy because it is but within a couple of weeks they’ll be anxious to see where it is at the start of every week.

Here at Three Q, we ring a bell when a team member wins big! The individual themselves will ring it and the team usually come running to see and hear what there win is! We love to celebrate our successes as a team!

  1. Reward With A Duvet Day

The joy of sleeping a little longer and working in pyjamas cannot be overstated. So let this be a reward! Choose an employee that has been going above and beyond and reward them! It would be interesting to see just how many of your employees follow suit! You’ll have your whole team on their best behaviour battling for this reward no doubt!

The truth is, it doesn’t really matter what you do to show your appreciation. Rewards and gratitude can take just about any form. As long as you show that you have noticed the hard work within your team. These ideas are not revolutionary, but if you utilize them frequently, they could have a dramatic impact on relationships and productivity.