Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, certain recruitment processes have been affected for round 2 of recruitment. As a result, the information in this section is not fully applicable for this round only and you should familiarise yourself with where the process has changed. Please refer to the applicant guide in the Document Library for general information about how round 2 will operate.

Each page in this section will have a statement at the top of the page to notfiy where there is a difference for 2020 round 2.

Before you attend interview it is very important that you have prepared properly; failure to prepare properly could result in you being unsuccessful at interview so it is vital you familiarise yourself with the guidance. Preparation areas include:

  • Eligibility documents - what you need to bring to interview to prove your identify and eligibility to work in the United Kingdom
  • Evidence folder - which contains the evidence of the achievements claimed on your application form
  • Other preparation - such as travel arrangements
  • Probity - ensuring your evidence folder meets GMC Good Medical Practice guidelines
  • Structure, content and scoring framework for the interview - which can be found in each specialty section.

There is a substantial amount of preparation needed and it needs to be presented in a very specific way so please familiarise yourself with this early.

We have produced a short document about the preparation of interview documentation which you may find useful to print off when compiling your documents. This is available from the document library.

You will need to take some documents to demonstrate elements of the eligibility criteria. The boxes below cover each of these requirements and give examples of what is acceptable.

In each case, it is necessary to bring an original version of the document where possible, along with a photocopy. The photocopies will be retained by the recruitment team, with the original documents returned to you.

If there are any additional requirements for the eligibility folder to that detailed below, you will be notified in advance of interviews.

What to include in your Eligibility Folder

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, interviews will be held online and the evidence folder will be electronic and submitted prior to interview, soon after the application closing date, so some information in this section applies to round 1 only. The section immediately below are some points that are particularly pertinent to round 2 of 2020 recruitment.

2020 Round 2 information

After the application closing date, applicants will be required to load supporting evidence to justify the self-assessment achievements claimed on the application form. Applicants should finalise and plan to have their documents ready to upload soon after application submission and will be written to soon after the application closing date to confirm the method and upload window for submission of evidence. However, it is advised to prepare documents in advance so this process can be completed quickly.

Interviewers will need to verify your evidence in a short time so please keep the below in mind when organising the evidence, you will upload, as poorly organised/presented documents may mean achievements cannot be verified:

  • Only evidence supporting each of the claimed achievements should be uploaded. There is no requirement to upload any additional documents or achievements if they are not directly related to the scoring domain where points are being claimed.
  • Only sufficient evidence should be provided to justify the scores awarded. Only include enough evidence to demonstrate achievements which justify your selection. For example:
    • If you have completed a national presentation, there is no requirement to include evidence for other presentations.
    • If you have written a book, you do not need to upload the whole book, just sufficient pages so interviewers can verify your achievement.
  • Evidence of training courses or areas noted in your commitment to specialty section should not be included unless they specifically relate to a scored option.
  • Applicants must ensure patient-identifiable data is redacted as this may result in the employing trust being notified for failing to do this.
  • Any documentation not in English must be translated, otherwise credit may not be received for this.
  • File types and naming – there are steps that should be taken to make it as straightforward as possible for reviewers to check your evidence:
    • Clearly name files with the scoring domain name appearing first, followed by a description of the document; e.g. Undergraduate – Degree classification evidence – certificate.
    • Aim to use standardised file types which can be opened by any user regardless of the software they have available. Whilst it is being confirmed which document types will be accepted, you should aim to convert all files to PDF, JPEG or PNG format.
    • Ensure each document is contained within a single file, e.g. do not take a photo of each page of a publication and load them as separate files.

As well as showing you are eligible for an ST3 programme, you also need to provide documentation which backs up the various claims made in your application form (achievements, qualifications, publications, etc.). These should be collated into an Evidence Folder , which must be prefaced with an  Evidence Summary Form;   the form can be downloaded from the document library on this website. 

The time spent at the evidence station is relatively short so it is very important that you lay out your documentation clearly in the prescribed manner . If the interviewers are unable to verify that your evidence matches the achievements listed on your application form - including due to poor organisation - then you may be marked down on this basis.

Missing evidence

Claims made on your application form must be backed up with evidence in your evidence folder. Missing evidence will be treated as you not having the achievement. This could lead to either:

  • a reduction in the score awarded by interviewers

  • your application may be deemed unappointable 

  • in serious cases it could lead to a probity investigation (see the Probity  section for more information).


As your Evidence Folder is a very structured and important part of the process, we cannot overstate how important it is that you organise it in the manner specified here.

For further guidance click on the headings below and then following that you can view a presentation, giving pictorial guidance of how to go about preparing your folder. You are strongly advised to go through it before putting your folder together.

Beyond readying your documentation, there is some other preparation you can undertake ahead of ST3 interviews.

It is not really possible to 'revise' before the interview, although of course it is always sensible to review your application form, experience and skills to date, achievements, etc. in advance, and to prepare yourself more generally as you would for any interview.

Interview format and content

It is important to familiarise yourself with the interview format and content which is available to view from 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. In addition some questions involve discussion of particular (brief) scenarios, but information on these will be provided to you on the day.

Travel and venue

When you book into your interview slot, the region at which you will be interviewed will provide details of the interview venue.

As it is essential that you arrive on time, we advise that you plan travel to the venue in advance, with plenty of time allowed for travelling, parking (if applicable) and contingency (in case of any difficulties en route).

Please bear in mind the GMC's Good Medical Practice guidelines on probity (point 66), as below:

'You must always be honest about your experience, qualifications and current role.' )

It is necessary to provide evidence for each of the achievements claimed in the point-scoring domains on your application form. Whilst interviewers will not treat most cases as serious offences,  any instances of candidates blatantly or persistently trying to gain an unfair advantage by over-claiming scores for and/or exaggerating their achievements will be taken extremely seriously.

This could lead to an application being deemed not appointable, or, in very serious cases, could be reported as a probity matter to the GMC; however, this is a very rare outcome and only in cases of overt cheating. The application scoring section of the website has more information.

In the event that you realise after submitting your form that you have overclaimed on your form, you must send details to the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office as soon as possible: [email protected].

Patient-identifiable data

Information governance regulations state that you must not allow any patient-identifiable data (PID) to be moved away from the designated (usually clinical) area.

As such, you must ensure none of the documentation you use at interview (eg details of case reports, audit, etc.) contains information which could be used to identify patients, as this would be a breach of patient confidentiality; this includes hospital or NHS ID numbers.

All such patient-identifiable data must be redacted.

If patient-identifiable data is found, it is likely that your employer, supervisor and region (as relevant) will be notified, in order to take further action.

Where applicants have dyslexia, it is common practice for reading time to be increased by 25%.

This is also the policy employed at ST3 interviews; and where this comes into play specifically is where candidates prepare for assessment of 'scenarios'.

For specialty specific interview content please refer to each specialty's page.


As part of your interview you will be required to consider a hypothetical 'scenario' prior to your arrival at the station.

Here, during the period between interview stations, you will be given a piece of text describing a situation, which will then be discussed upon your arrival at the interview station.

Scenario text

The actual text in the scenario is quite short - two/three brief sentences at most - and so the bulk of preparation time is to allow you to consider the scenario and the next steps you would take (eg diagnosis, treatment, further questions, etc.); rather than it being 'reading time' as such.

But should you have dyslexia and wish to request extra time here, this can be granted in line with the recommendations on your pyschological assessment.

Requesting adjustment

If you do have dyslexia and wish to request this adjustment, please add information to the personal page of your application regarding this.

If you have already submitted your application without adding a request for this adjustment, please contact the region where your interview will be held as soon as possible to request this additional time.

Further information

NB - should you request this, following submission of your application the region will request that you provide some evidence of your condition, so that adjustments can be made.

The British Dyslexia Association has a webpage dedicated to how the Equalities Act 2010 relates to dyslexia.