Values Based Recruitment

What is Values Based Recruitment?

Values Based Recruitment (VBR) is an approach which is used in Health and Social Care to select employees by ensuring their behaviours fit with the values of their organisation.

Why we use Values Based Recruitment in Health and Social Care

Employers want to ensure that their workforce has values which match those of the Health and Social Care sector to support the delivery of excellent  care.

What is the format of the interview and how can you prepare?

You may find it helpful to look at  the NHS Values  and Social Care Values and think about ways in which you might demonstrate these during the assessment. They all have key behaviour statements of  what we ‘will’ and ‘will not’ do.

You should also read through the job description of the role you are applying for as it will include a set of behaviours relevant to the role.

The interview will include:

  • Opening questions (examples: ‘Why have you applied for the role?’ )
  • Values section (examples: ‘Can you give me an example of a time when you helped someone in need?’, ‘Why do you think being trustworthy is an important quality to have?’, ‘Why is it important to have a strong team in the workplace?’)
  • Technical /competency section. (These questions will be specific to the role you are applying for and may include a practical exercise (see below) )
  • Closing questions (examples: ‘Do you have any questions?’, ‘What makes you a good fit for this role?’)

How will your performance be assessed?

Each element of the assessment will be reviewed by the panel members who have been trained to use values and behaviours to make a  fair decision.

Types of  exercises:

In-tray exercise: This is typically used for administration jobs and will include  some of the planning and administrative aspects of the role. You may be asked to deal with tasks within a specified time frame, including typing a letter or working on an Excel spreadsheet.

Presentation exercise: This is mostly used for leadership roles. You will be given a scenario prior to the interview and be asked to prepare a short presentation for the interview panel. This will give you the opportunity to show your ability to gather information, present data and ideas, as well as your presentation and interaction skills.