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interview, there will be a stated deadline by which you must book your interview slot, otherwise the invitation will be withdrawn.
All interviews are held online and each UK region will be managing some of the interviews. When you come to book a date there are no restrictions on which you can book and no need to book a slot hosted by a region where you wish to work.
Slots are booked on a first-come-first-served basis and you should book on the most preferred date available. If your preferred date is booked you will need to choose an alternative from those available.
When booking your slot it will be clear which is the hosting region and who to contact in case of any queries or issues with attending your interview.
All invitations are sent on the same date and the estimated timing of this is published in the recruitment timeline, along with the dates on which interviews are being held, so it is recommended to be aware of when this is so you can be prepared when to book your slot.
Unless otherwise requested, the only documentation you should need to bring to interview is your personal identification, which you will be required to show before your interview starts.
You should bring your passport as identification where possible. If you do not hold a passport, then you should provide a photo-card driving licence. If you hold neither, please see the NHS employers website for further guidance.
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.
PSRO-IMT/21-22/PWY/0106527625/IMT-1-R1A/00000 2368 /00630
Your Oriel PIN is also located in the summary section of your Oriel Dashboard in the top left hand corner.
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 cancel your interview slot on Oriel and then withdraw your application as soon as possible.
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.
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 in the interview room, you will be provided with details of a hypothetical clinical scenario which has arisen. This will take the form of a relatively brief piece of text (commonly three/four sentences).
During the time before starting your interview, you will be asked to review this information, and to consider the case (diagnosis, treatment, etc.), which will then be discussed upon your arrival.
The standard time for scenario consideration is three minutes; therefore the time would be adjusted to three minutes 45 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.
The planned offers date will be published 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.