After a successful application to the specialty training programs via Oriel, the online recruitment system, applicants need to go through various interviews and assessment exercises at a selected specialty centre.
It is vital that the applicant know the selection processes, criteria and their motives. Applicants are expected to know the person specification of their chosen specialty, current affairs in medicine and their managerial roles such as audit, research etc. to get selected.
At the interview in the selection centres, applicants will be assessed on their clinical skills, presentation skills, portfolio completion, interaction skills and their behavioural feature. These assessments are based on different types of interviews and exercises. Different stations are allocated for the interviews and assessment exercises.
Here are the details on different types of interviews and assessment exercises at a specialty selection centre with few tips for your preparation for a successful interview.
Your portfolio should include CV and contents page. Interviewers will have access to your portfolio prior to the interview time. Your portfolio should show your development on clinical and professional skills. Check for any specific evidences that you need to attach based on your chosen specialty through the Royal College or LETB websites.
GP recruitment doesn’t require GPs to go through a portfolio interview.
Usually, you will be given a choice of topics and 15 minutes to prepare for a 5 minutes talk. Interviewer will evaluate how well will you prepare at the short notice. Think straight on your feet and get your point across. He may ask why you chose the topic etc.
A clinical case will be given to you. Think of all aspects and answer questions. This aims to assess:
It is a structured, time limited interview where all candidates will be asked the same questions. Questions will be about general topics such as about you, chosen specialty and healthcare.
You will mock with a consultation on a patient notes provided. You will get a short time to prepare for the mock. This will assess:
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