Before you attend interview it is very important that you have prepared properly. Preparation areas include:

  • Documentation - unless requested otherwise, the only documentation you will need to bring is proof of your identity. This must be one form of photographic identification, and you should bring your passport where possible. If you do not hold a passport, then you should provide a photo-card driving licence. If you hold neither, please see the NHS employers website for further guidance. Your identification will be checked prior to the interview starting and if this does not meet the requirements you may not be interviewed.
  • Structure, content and scoring framework for the interview - which can be found in the general format section of the website with specialty-specific details within each specialty's section. Familiarising yourself with the format and the areas covered will is advisable and certain specialties require you to prepare an oral presentation prior to the day and therefore it is very important to check whether or not this applies to you. 
  • Interview question preparation -  although it is not really possible to 'revise' before the interview, it is always sensible to review your application form, experience and skills to date, achievements, etc. in advance, and to prepare yourself more generally as you would for any interview.
  • Probity -   ensuring your application meets GMC Good Medical Practice guidelines - there is a separate tab in this section covering this area.

Interview environment and technical requirements

All interviews will be held online and so it is important to ensure that you have the right technical set up and a good environment free from distraction. There is a declaration which you will sign up to when you apply that covers agreement around the technical requirements and your responsibilities. Things to consider include:

  • Microphone and camera - check these are working and will present you to interviewers clearly. Consider the position of the camera and microphone and test this with another person.
  • Internet connectivity - as far as possible ensure your interview takes place somewhere with good and stable internet connection.
  • Background - be aware of your background and avoid things which could be distracting - you could use the blur background function.
  • Environment - ensure your interview is in a well-lit and quiet place which will be free from interruptions.

You will need to take some documents to demonstrate elements of the eligibility criteria. The boxes below cover each of these requirements and give examples of what is acceptable.

In each case, it is necessary to bring an original version of the document where possible, along with a photocopy. The photocopies will be retained by the recruitment team, with the original documents returned to you.

If there are any additional requirements for the eligibility folder to that detailed below, you will be notified in advance of interviews.

What to include in your Eligibility Folder

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, interviews will be held online and the evidence folder will be electronic and submitted prior to interview, soon after the application closing date, so some information in this section applies to round 1 only. The section immediately below are some points that are particularly pertinent to round 2 of 2020 recruitment.

2020 Round 2 information

After the application closing date, applicants will be required to load supporting evidence to justify the self-assessment achievements claimed on the application form. Applicants should finalise and plan to have their documents ready to upload soon after application submission and will be written to soon after the application closing date to confirm the method and upload window for submission of evidence. However, it is advised to prepare documents in advance so this process can be completed quickly.

Interviewers will need to verify your evidence in a short time so please keep the below in mind when organising the evidence, you will upload, as poorly organised/presented documents may mean achievements cannot be verified:

  • Only evidence supporting each of the claimed achievements should be uploaded. There is no requirement to upload any additional documents or achievements if they are not directly related to the scoring domain where points are being claimed.
  • Only sufficient evidence should be provided to justify the scores awarded. Only include enough evidence to demonstrate achievements which justify your selection. For example:
    • If you have completed a national presentation, there is no requirement to include evidence for other presentations.
    • If you have written a book, you do not need to upload the whole book, just sufficient pages so interviewers can verify your achievement.
  • Evidence of training courses or areas noted in your commitment to specialty section should not be included unless they specifically relate to a scored option.
  • Applicants must ensure patient-identifiable data is redacted as this may result in the employing trust being notified for failing to do this.
  • Any documentation not in English must be translated, otherwise credit may not be received for this.
  • File types and naming – there are steps that should be taken to make it as straightforward as possible for reviewers to check your evidence:
    • Clearly name files with the scoring domain name appearing first, followed by a description of the document; e.g. Undergraduate – Degree classification evidence – certificate.
    • Aim to use standardised file types which can be opened by any user regardless of the software they have available. Whilst it is being confirmed which document types will be accepted, you should aim to convert all files to PDF, JPEG or PNG format.
    • Ensure each document is contained within a single file, e.g. do not take a photo of each page of a publication and load them as separate files.

As well as showing you are eligible for an ST3 programme, you also need to provide documentation which backs up the various claims made in your application form (achievements, qualifications, publications, etc.). These should be collated into an Evidence Folder , which must be prefaced with an  Evidence Summary Form;   the form can be downloaded from the document library on this website. 

The time spent at the evidence station is relatively short so it is very important that you lay out your documentation clearly in the prescribed manner . If the interviewers are unable to verify that your evidence matches the achievements listed on your application form - including due to poor organisation - then you may be marked down on this basis.

Missing evidence

Claims made on your application form must be backed up with evidence in your evidence folder. Missing evidence will be treated as you not having the achievement. This could lead to either:

  • a reduction in the score awarded by interviewers

  • your application may be deemed unappointable 

  • in serious cases it could lead to a probity investigation (see the Probity  section for more information).


As your Evidence Folder is a very structured and important part of the process, we cannot overstate how important it is that you organise it in the manner specified here.

For further guidance click on the headings below and then following that you can view a presentation, giving pictorial guidance of how to go about preparing your folder. You are strongly advised to go through it before putting your folder together.

Beyond readying your documentation, there is some other preparation you can undertake ahead of ST3 interviews.

It is not really possible to 'revise' before the interview, although of course it is always sensible to review your application form, experience and skills to date, achievements, etc. in advance, and to prepare yourself more generally as you would for any interview.

Interview format and content

It is important to familiarise yourself with the interview format and content which is available to view from each specialty's page.

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. In addition some questions involve discussion of particular (brief) scenarios, but information on these will be provided to you on the day.

Travel and venue

When you book into your interview slot, the region at which you will be interviewed will provide details of the interview venue.

As it is essential that you arrive on time, we advise that you plan travel to the venue in advance, with plenty of time allowed for travelling, parking (if applicable) and contingency (in case of any difficulties en route).

Application form claims

Please bear in mind the GMC's Good Medical Practice guidelines on probity (point 66), as below:

'You must always be honest about your experience, qualifications and current role.' )

Although evidence of the achievements claimed in the point-scoring domains on your application form are checked before interview, interviewers may ask you questions about anything from your application to ascertain your achievements. If there are any concerns about the veracity of any of your claims made in the application form, this could be followed up by the clinical lead for the interview centre.

Whilst most cases will not likely be treated as serious offences, any instances of candidates blatantly or persistently trying to gain an unfair advantage by over-claiming and/or exaggerating their achievements will be taken extremely seriously.

This could lead to an application being deemed not appointable, or, in very serious cases, could be reported as a probity matter to the GMC; however, this is a very rare outcome and only in cases of overt cheating. 


At interview you must not have the assistance of anyone else and must be alone in your interview room. You will be required show the room where you are being interviewed to the administrative team before your interview starts. In addition, it is not permissible to be in contact with anyone once you have registered with the interview team and started your interview, including being given any scenarios to review.

It is not permitted to record the interview or to take any notes about the questions asked and pass on any information about the content of the interview outside that which is published on this website. When you apply you will complete an application declaration confirming requirements for the interview.

Where applicants have dyslexia, it is common practice for reading time to be increased by 25%.

This is also the policy employed at PHST interviews; and where this comes into play specifically is where candidates prepare for assessment of 'scenarios'.

For specialty specific interview content please refer to each specialty's page.


As part of your interview you may be required to consider a hypothetical 'scenario' either prior to your arrival in the interview room or between questions. There will be a set amount of time to review this and consider your response, usually 3-5 minutes.

Scenario text

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.

Should you have dyslexia and wish to request extra time here, this can be granted in line with the recommendations on your pyschological assessment.

Requesting adjustment

If you have dyslexia and wish to request this adjustment, please add information to the personal page of your application regarding this; you will be required to upload evidence so the request can be verified and granted.

If you have already submitted your application without adding a request for this adjustment, please contact the region managing your interview as soon as possible to request this additional time.

Further information

NB - should you request this, following submission of your application the region will request that you provide some evidence of your condition, so that adjustments can be made.

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