The interview / assessment centre

The main stage of your application to IMT is the interview. You will be asked a series of questions by clinicians on different question areas. The 'Structure & content' tab has detail about the question areas included.

Consistent for all applicants

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.

Sharing information about the interview

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 three main question areas which will last between 5-9 minutes each. Overall you will be scored on six areas:

  • Application and achievements
  • Suitability for IMT
  • Clinical scenario
  • Clinical scenario - handover
  • Ethical, professionalism and governance scenario
  • Overall communication skills based on responses to all questions.

Including time for questioning and reading, the interview will be approximately 25 minutes.

Details of the three main question areas can be viewed by clicking on the tabs below.

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 the clinical question will use a written scenario, given to you for three minutes just before the question starts.  Upon arrival in the interview room, you will be asked questions relating to this scenario.

The actual text in the scenario is quite short - usually two/three 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 psychological assessment.

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.

Requesting adjustment

If you have dyslexia and wish to request this adjustment, please add information to the relevant section of your application form.

You need to  explain the requirement in the space provided and upload documentary evidence to the application when prompted .  

Further information

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