The main stage of your application to IMT is the interview - sometimes referred to as the 'assessment centre' or 'selection centre'.
Here you will be asked a series of questions by clinicians for different question areas. The 'Structure & content' tab has detail about the question areas included.
The structure and content of IMT interviews will be consistent among all applicants; all online interviews will follow exactly the same format and cover the same areas of assessment.
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 changed regularly at each interview centre and candidates are advised against altering their behaviour based on the advice of others.
The interview will consist of four questions which will last between 5 - 10 minutes. You will be marked on these four questions and your overall communication skills, and scored on six areas in total. You will be scored by two interviewers on each question.
Including time for questioning and reading, the interview will be approximately 30 minutes.
Please note that this is subject to change and will be confirmed by the date of interview.
Details of the areas of assessment in each of the four questions can be viewed by clicking on the tabs below.
In the five minutes before your interview starts, you will be given a clinical scenario to review. Upon arrival in the interview room, you will be asked questions relating to this scenario.
Some points you should consider when reviewing the scenario:
what next steps you would take
any potential treatments possible
any further information you would gather
how you would go about communicating with any people (eg patients, family members, colleagues) involved in the scenario.
The clinical scenario will be relatively brief (a few sentences), so once you have seen this, the remainder of the preparation time will allow you to undertake some short mental preparation; it is not permitted to take notes regarding the scenario.
Questioning on the clincial scenario will last for up to ten minutes.
There are two areas that will be scored in the clinical scenario question:
One mark will be awarded to you based on the investigations you would do and your diagnosis given the information available.
The second mark will be based on your subsequent management of the patient and your communication skills in terms of interacting with the patient, relatives or colleagues in the scenario.
The ethical question deals with consideration of the moral, ethical, legal, etc. issues of a particular situation. This question will not be available to you to consider in advance and the hypothetical scenario will be given to you on completion of the clinical scenario.
You will be assessed on your responses to the ethical scenario, as well as knowledge of the different considerations required.
This question will last up to five minutes.
Once the ethical question has been completed, there will be a short break (approximately two minutes) to allow the interviewers to finish marking the previous questions and for you to gather yourself for the second half of the interview, which focuses on your career to date and future intentions.
This question will focus on your suitability for and commitment to training in the specialty and give you opportunity to expand on the information provided in your application form. You may also be asked about your interests outside medicine.
Questioning on this area will last approximately 5 minutes.
Following immediately on from the suitability and commitment question, this question will focus on your application form and training to date. Interviewers will ask you questions based on your career, achievements to date and your engagement with training and learning.
This question will last up to five minutes. At the end of this question your interview will be completed and you will be asked to leave the interviewing room.
Where applicants have dyslexia, it is common practice for reading time to be increased by 25%.
This is also the policy employed at IMT interviews; and where this comes into play specifically is where candidates prepare for assessment of 'scenarios'.
Only question 1 will use a scenario. In the five minutes before your interview starts, you will be given a clinical scenario to review. Upon arrival in the interview room, you will be asked questions relating to this scenario.
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.
If you have dyslexia and wish to request this adjustment, please add information to the personal page of your application regarding this.
Once you have applied you need to complete a reasonable adjustment application form and attach documentary evidence confirming the requirements to this form.
The British Dyslexia Association has a webpage dedicated to how the Equalities Act 2010 relates to dyslexia.