Our interviews follow the processes outlined below, however, processes may be adapted slightly due to the variety of roles that we have within the Charity.

The different interview processes are dependent on the level of the role, and the technical and behavior attributes that we would like to explore. Once a process is decided upon, it will be consistent with all applicants who have applied for the role. Throughout the interview process we encourage applicants to ask questions – interviews are a two-way process! 

The one-stage interview 

The one-stage interview consists of a question-and-answer session, an in-interview task and a DISC* report discussion. We will schedule the interview for 1 hour and 30 minutes, to ensure there is enough time for a thorough interview and provide you with plenty of time to ask any questions. This interview process is typically used for our retail vacancies and are usually held virtually via Microsoft Teams. 

Standard-two stage interview

This process will consist of two interviews. The first stage will be a question-and-answer session, which takes around 45 minutes. The second interview will be an in-interview task and/or a short 5–10 minute presentation to the interview panel, followed by a DISC* report discussion.

We allow one hour for this stage, ensuring there is plenty of time for both the candidate and the panel to explore and discuss the relevant topics. If you are asked to complete a presentation, our recruitment team will provide you with the details in advanced to allow enough time for candidates to prepare. These interviews may be held virtually or in-person at DAA head office in Exeter. 

This interview process is typically used for administrative and officer level roles. 

Hybrid two-stage interview

This process echoes the above two-stage interviews with the addition of a focus group in the second interview. A focus group will consist of three Devon Air Ambulance employees, and you will have a chance to meet and discuss the topic that you have been presented with.

This is an excellent way for us to get to know you and understand your workplace behaviours. We will allow 2 hours and 15 minutes, which is ample time for the process to be conducted. You will of course get a short break in between the different stages of the interview. This interview stage is typically held virtually via Microsoft Teams and the process is used for mid-level management roles. 

Interviews for Line Pilots are slightly different. 

The first-stage interview will be a standard question and answer session. You will then be presented with a scenario, and you need to ‘act’ through how you would address the situation.

This stage typically involves some of our paramedics and it will help the interview panel to understand how you will respond to the scenario in real life. This interview stage takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

The second interview will consist of a presentation and DISC* report discussion. This interview will take around 1 hour and may be held either virtually on Microsoft Teams, or in person at DAA HQ in Exeter. 

Three-stage interview

  • This process begins with our standard first-stage interview consisting of a question-and-answer session. This will take 45 minutes and is typically held in person. 
  • The second-stage interview will be a task and/or presentation with the interview panel. We either hold these interviews in person or virtually via Microsoft Teams. We will allow 1 hour and 30 minutes to ensure both the candidate and interview panel have ample time to discuss. 
  • The third-stage interview will be made up of two focus groups. You will meet with each focus group of three Devon Air Ambulance employees, and you will lead and discuss the scenario that you have been presented with. There are opportunities for you to feedback to the interview panel throughout, and of course you will have a break in-between. This stage will typically take 2 hours and 30 minutes. 

This process is typically used for Heads of Department or Senior Leadership roles. 

*DISC reports: DISC is an assessment that looks at your personality, behaviors and your approach to working. It looks at your Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance. It is important to remember that there is no right or wrong profile, but they give an interesting insight into you