The interview is designed to assess a number of different aspects of your candidature, with two independent interviewers awarding scores for different areas. The number of scored areas differs between Group 1 and Group 2 specialties.

Group 1 specialties

You will be assessed on five  independent aspects of your candidature. For each aspect, you will receive two marks - one from each of the two interviewers assessing you on each aspect; giving ten marks in total.

Each of these marks will be between 1 and 5; so with ten marks awarded, the maximum score available is 50. This score is referred to as your 'raw interview score' (RIS), which is the score awarded to your interview, before any weighting is applied.

Group 2 specialties

You will be assessed on four independent aspects of your candidature. For each aspect, you will receive two marks - one from each of the two interviewers assessing you on each aspect; giving  eight marks in total.

Each of these marks will be between 1 and 5; so with eight marks awarded, the maximum raw interview score available is 40

Weighting

After the interview, weighting is applied to scores to calculate your total score used for ranking. Details for each specialty can be found in the specialties section.

The score of 1-5 an interviewer will award you for each assessment area is judged in relation to how well you perform against an expected level; that expected of a UK core trainee in the level below the specialty is recruiting (i.e. CT2 for Group 2 specialties and CT3 for Group 1).

These scores will be used to ascertain your appointability status and overall score; covered on the relevant tabs above.

Below is the framework used to award scores at interview, as well as interpretation of what these scores represent:

Mark Rating Assessment
1 poor not considered appointable
2 area for concern performed below the level expected from a core level trainee applying to the specialty;
possibly unappointable, subject to discussion and performance in other areas
3 satisfactory performed at the level expected of a core level trainee applying to the specialty;
the candidate is suitable for a higher specialty training post
4 good above average ability;
the candidate is suitable for a  higher specialty training post
5 excellent highly performing trainee;
the candidate is suitable for a  higher specialty training post

As shown in the table, for each of the question areas at interview, 3/5 is considered a satisfactory score; and reflects the level of performance that would be expected of a trainee ready to progress to HST.

Should your performance go above and beyond this expected level, interviewers can award marks of 4/5 or 5/5 as appropriate.

Conversely, should your interview performance not reach the expected level, then interviewers can award marks of 1/5 or 2/5, as reflects their level of concern over your performance.

All specialties will use similar a similar marking scheme to determine how appointability is calculated based on your raw interview score (RIS); the score awarded before any weighting is applied. The only difference is that Group 1 specialties have ten scores from interview and Group 2 specialties have eight.  

From the scores awarded during your interview, an 'appointability' status will be calculated to determine whether or not you can be considered for an offer.

The intention is to ensure successful candidates can display competence consistently across all areas of assessment covered at interview; rather than allowing outstanding achievement in one or more areas to make up for sub-par performance elsewhere.

Appointability is awarded automatically, and is based on two factors: individual interview scores and the 'raw interview score'.


Group 1 specialties

Raw interview score

The RIS is the sum of all ten scores awarded to you during your interview, but before any weighting is applied.

As each individual score will be between 1 and 5, your RIS will be between 10 and 50.

Appointability requirements

To be classed as 'appointable', you must meet all three criteria below:

  • none of your ten interview scores can be 1/5
  • no more than two of your ten interview scores can be 2/5
  • your RIS must be 30 or above.

If you meet all three requirements, your application will be assessed as appointable, and can progress to be considered for offers.

However, if you fail to meet any of these requirements, your application must then be assessed as not appointable, and it will progress no further in that round.


Group 2 specialties

Raw interview score

The RIS is the sum of all eight scores awarded to you during your interview, but before any weighting is applied.

As each individual score will be between 1 and 5, your RIS will be between 8 and 40.

Appointability requirements

To be classed as 'appointable', you must meet  all  three criteria below:

  • none of your eight interview scores can be 1/5
  • no more than two of your eight interview scores can be 2/5
  • your RIS must be 24 or above.

If you meet all three requirements, your application will be assessed as appointable, and can progress to be considered for post offers.

However, if you fail to meet any of these requirements, your application must then be assessed as not appointable, and it will progress no further in that round.


Total score

After interview, a pre-set weighting criteria is applied to the scores in each area and combined with a weighted application score to give your total score which will determine your ranking, which will in turn be used to inform how offers are made.

The weighting given to each interview question differs by specialty. To view the weighting of questions for your particular specialty, as well as the method by which your total score is established, please visit the specialties area of the website.

We have published data to this website showing the distribution of scores from interviews for each specialty in recent years, along with data on average scores and appointability rates.

Please visit the relevant specialty's page and select the 'previous years' data' tab for more information.