The interview / assessment centre

The main stage of your application to ST3 is the interview - sometimes referred to as the 'assessment centre' or 'selection centre'.

Here you will be asked a series of questions by clinicians at different interview stations, and will have your documentation verified and assessed to confirm your eligibility, and the validity of achievements in your application checked.

Consistent across UK

The structure and content of ST3 interviews will be consistent within each specialty; that is, where multiple regions are used for a specialty, the makeup of the interview will be exactly the same.

Interview content and format

The interview process uses a multiple station format. You will progress through three separate stations, each of which will assess different areas of your skills, knowledge and experience.

Whilst very similar, there is variation between specialties in the format and question areas. However, one of the three stations will always assess your evidence and your suitability for the specialty. For specialty specific interview content please refer to each specialty's page.

Certain specialties require you to prepare a presentation prior to the day and therefore it is very important to check whether or not this applies to you.

Interviewers

All stations will be staffed by two consultant interviewers, each of whom will award you a mark on each of two aspects assessed in that station. This means that you will be assessed and scored by six different inteviewers and given 12 individual marks.

In some cases a third clinician at station 1 may be present to assist with the checking/review of your documentation and the application; however, you will only be marked by the two asking questions.

Lay representatives

All interviews use lay representatives to monitor their ST3 interviews.

Lay representatives will not be involved in candidate assessment; their role is to represent the public and assist in the quality assurance of the interview process.

Interviewers

All stations will be staffed by two consultant interviewers, each of whom will award you a mark on each of two aspects assessed in that station. This means that you will be assessed and scored by six different inteviewers and given 12 individual marks.

In some cases a third clinician at station 1 may be present to assist with the checking/review of your documentation and the application; however, you will only be marked by the two asking questions.

Lay representatives

All interviews use lay representatives to monitor their ST3 interviews.

Lay representatives will not be involved in candidate assessment; their role is to represent the public and assist in the quality assurance of the interview process.