The main stage of your application to HST is the interview. All specialties will be holding their interviews online via Microsoft Teams or Qpercom Recruit, a bespoke system used in specialty recruitment. The structure and content of HST interviews will be consistent within each specialty; that is, the makeup of the interview will be exactly the same for all candidates.
Whilst very similar, there is variation between specialties in the format and question areas; specialty-specific interview content is detailed on each specialty's page.
All specialties will be delivering their online interviews using a multi-station format, where questions will be divided across more than one station with a different pair of interviewers asking and scoring the questions in each station.
All interview stations will consist of two scoring interviewers. In some cases a third clinician may be present to share questioning of candidates and help with the running of the day. However, you will only be scored by two clinician interviewers in each station.
A question area introduced for Group 1 specialties from 2022 recruitment is an assessment of suitability to be the medical registrar. Details about this are included on each Group 1 specialty's page. Group 2 specialties will not include this question.
The exact timings can vary slightly by specialty as each has differing lengths of time allocated for questions. Typically this will involve the following:
Certain specialties require you to prepare a presentation prior to the day and therefore it is very important to check whether or not this applies to you.
You are allowed to make notes during the interview to help you structure your answers; this is most likely to be for scenario-based questions with designated reading time before the question starts. Any notes taken must not be shared with anyone and must be destroyed as soon as the interview has been completed.
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 also changed regularly at each interview centre and candidates are advised against altering their behaviour based on the advice of other candidates.
Lay representatives will be used to monitor HST interviews. They will not be involved in candidate assessment; their role is to assist in the quality assurance of the interview process.
They will observe a selection of interviews so you may or may not have one present during your interview.