ST INTERVIEW SKILLS BACKGROUND Background
ST interviews are structured interviews centred based on a multiple-stations format
‘Structured’ means that the interviews are no longer an assessment tool whereby candidates were asked a few questions and were recruited on the subjective judgement of the interviewers. Instead, each question is targeting one or several skills and candidates are marked according to a strict schedule defined in advance by the interviewers. Previously, SHO and SpR interviews also had a marking schedule but the criteria were not so clearly defined.
The move to a structured interview process has several consequences:
The process is based on a series of stations, the length and nature of which varies according to the deanery and specialty that you are being interviewed for. Typically, an interview consists of 3 or 4 stations, each 10 minutes long.
The stations will usually deal with different topics such as:
For example, some candidates (e.g. Anaesthesia in London) have had mostly clinical scenarios in all stations. Others (such as some specialties in Scotland) have only had one big station with a wide range of questions i.e. essentially an old style interview. In addition to stations based on a questions and answers format, some specialties have introduced role-play in many deaneries (e.g. O&G) and even group discussions (e.g. Psychiatry).
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