The main stage of your application to ST3 is the interview. 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.
The exact timings can vary slightly by interview centre but typically this will involve the following:
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.
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.
Whilst it is natural that you may wish to discuss your experience at interview with others, you must not share detailed information about the interview, beyond that which is publicly available (ie which is available from this website) - specifically, the content and format of questions asked. Ultimately, this may reduce your own chances of success and is unfair to all other candidates.
Individual questions are also changed regularly at each interview centre and candidates are advised against altering their behaviour based on the advice of other candidates.
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 will be used to monitor ST3 interviews. They will not be involved in candidate assessment; their role is to assist in the quality assurance of the interview process.
They will observe a selection of interviews so you may or may not see one during your interview.