Guidance for STP 2021 applicants on what to expect during their interview

Last Updated: 25th January 2021

Information for STP applicants on identification documents, interview questions and the interview outcome.

Your identification documents

The interview will start with an identity check. Please have your photographic identity documents to hand.  You will be asked to hold them up to the camera. You must have the original of each of the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Second form of photographic identification such as a driving licence, student ID or NHS staff ID.

A full list of acceptable ID documents will be available when we notify you of the employer details.

Non-UK applicants and identification documents

If you are a non-UK/EU/EAA applicant, you must email us as soon as you are notified of your allocation, with scanned copies of your:

  • Visa/Home Office documents
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination certificate or alternative evidence of English language proficiency.

If you are relying on non-UK qualifications, you must also email us a scanned copy of your UK NARIC confirmation of equivalence.

Please email your documents to

Checking you are alone and unassisted

The interviewers will ask you to sweep your camera around the room, to ensure you are alone for your interview. You are not permitted to refer to any notes or to make any notes during the interview. You are also not permitted to record the interview.

Interview panel standards

All interview panels will have received training in the interview process and will have been briefed on the importance of consistent scoring.  We will have quality assurance mechanisms in place to ensure your interview is consistent with all other applicants’ interviews for your chosen specialty.

The interview questions

The interview questions are taken from a bank of approved questions. They were set by members of the healthcare science profession, and quality assured by the School. They align with the person specification for the programme.

The interview should last approximately 40 minutes and will consist of four questions about specialist science and two questions about leadership, values and behaviours. Once all the questions have been asked, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the department and role.

For each of the questions, the interviewers will be assessing the content of your answers and your communication skills. They have a score sheet and will be marking each element on a scale of 1 (most negative) to 5 (most positive).

The interviewers may probe and challenge your answers and statements, if they feel they need further information. However, they may also conclude the interview early, if they feel they have obtained enough information to assess you.

At the end of the interview, the scores from each element are added up. For any of the questions, if an interviewer gives you a score of 1 or 2 for either the content of your answer, or your communication skills, this will be reviewed. This may result in you being deemed to have failed the interview, regardless of your total score. If two interviewers give you a score of 1 for any element (either content or communication skills), you will automatically fail the interview.

After the interview

We will inform you of the outcome of your interview, via email, as soon as possible after the interview. All scores will be quality checked and reviewed, before sending you the results. There is no need for you to contact the School during this time.

If you pass the interview, this will be confirmed by email from the School’s recruitment team and copied to the employer contact. You will be given a short time to confirm your acceptance. If you accept the post, the employer will proceed with pre-employment checks. All further correspondence will then be between you and the employing organisation.

If you decline the post, you will not be offered an interview for any other post.  You will take no further part in the process for this year.