Invitations to interview will be sent out once shortlisting has been completed. This is published on the timeline section of the website. All invitations for a recruitment round will go out on the same date.
Please be aware that upon receiving an invitation to interview, there will be a stated deadline by which you must book your interview slot, otherwise the invitation will be withdrawn.
There are various interview centres around the country each round and it is up to you at which one you book a slot. The centres available and corresponding dates are published for each round in the dates & posts area of the website.
However, please note that this is subject to availability and slots are booked on a first-come-first-served basis so if you preferred centre and/or date is booked you will need to choose an alternative. It is expected that you should try to book the most geographically convenient centre available for the dates you can do.
All invitations are sent on the same date and the estimated timing of this is published in the recruitment timeline so it is recommended to be aware of when this is so you can prepared to book your slot.
You will not need to bring your full portfolio, but you will need to bring documents that back up any claims you have made on your application form in what is called an 'Evidence Folder'. Your Evidence Folder should be layed out in a specific way and prefaced with an 'Evidence Summary Form '(ESF) at the front of the folder.
Additionally, you will need to bring some documentation relating to your identification and immigration information.
In the event that any additional documentation is required, you will be made aware of this in advance of the interview.
There are very specific requirements for the documentation to bring and how it should be presented; please see the interview preparation page of this website for more details.
Your Oriel pin is the second-to-last number of the Application ID (discounting the zeros at the start), for example in the full application ID given below, the PIN would be 2368.
Once you have booked your interview slot, up until the booking deadline, you can change your slot via your Oriel account to any not already taken by another candidate. If it is after the booking deadline you should contact the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office to discuss possibilities, however, there is no guarantee that you will be able to change to a different slot.
If you are unable to attend on the given date and time, and it is not possible to change your timeslot, you should withdraw your application as soon as possible so the interviewing region are aware of this.
Please note that if you do not attend the interview, your application cannot progress further.
If the date and time clashes with an interview or assessment for another specialty, you will be expected to confirm which you will attend.
There is a policy regarding candidate expenses detailing the principles of reimbursing expenses and the limits on claims. This is a national policy which covers all specialty recruitment across the UK; the policy and details about how to register and make a claim via the expenses system are located in the resource bank of the MDRS website.
Where expenses are paid this is normally 'reasonable travelling expenses'. You will be given information about how to claim when you attend.
For doctors attending from overseas, expenses will normally be paid only for travel from point of entry into the UK.
Whilst it is natural that candidates may wish to discuss their experiences at interview with their colleagues, 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.
That being said, interview assessments are competency-based, and there is published evidence demonstrating that prior knowledge of the content and context of assessment does not positively affect performance.
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.
This will depend on the recommendation made on your psychological assessment. However, where extra time is recommended this will be given. In most cases recommendations are for an extra 25% for reading.
In the context of interviews this would mean:
Prior to your arrival at two of the three interview stations, you will be provided with details of a hypothetical clinical or ethical scenario which has arisen. This will take the form of a relatively brief piece of text (commonly three/four sentences).
During the transfer time before moving to the station, you will be asked to review this information, and to consider the case (diagnosis, treatment, etc.), which will then be discussed upon your arrival at the relevant station.
The standard time for scenario consideration is five minutes; therefore the time would be adjusted to six minutes 15 seconds.
The exact adjustments will depend on: the recommendation, whether it can be considered a reasonable adjustment and documentary evidence of your circumstances.
The time period will depend on when you are interviewed as all candidates will find out about offers on the same day. This means those interviewed earlier will have to wait longer than those later in the period and your patience is appreciated during what must be an anxious time.Offers will be made at some point after programme preferences have closed and no later than the first offers deadline; this can be found on the recruitment timeline.
Whilst it is unusual for something to go wrong at interview, it is very important that if something does you raise it on the day, before you leave the centre. This will give the best possible chance to investigate and resolve the issue.
If you do not raise it on the day you should email the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office as soon as possible after the interview. Unfortunately it may not be possible to do anything but the earlier you raise it the better; you should not wait until offers are made.