The STP interview process

Last Updated: 17th September 2020

Find out all about the Scientist Training Programme (STP) interview process.

What can I expect at my interview?

Your interviews will take place on a circuit of four ‘stations’. Each station will last 10 minutes and you will be asked four questions at each interview. You will have a two minute rest between each station and will move around the circuit until all four stations have been completed; watch what happens in our short video below.


Can I rearrange my interview date?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer alternative dates for interviews. Due to the large numbers that are interviewed for the programme, we are only able to interview on the dates specified and all interviews can only take place on a face to face basis.

If I have applied to several specialisms will I have to attend multiple interviews?

Yes; if you have applied to multiple specialisms and are shortlisted for more than one you will be required to attend multiple interviews which may be on different days.

If I am not able to attend an interview on the date allocated to me, will I be offered an alternative date?

No; due to the large numbers of applicants being interviewed we are not able to offer any flexibility on your interview date. We will publish the interview dates for each specialism/theme as early as possible.

What is the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) and how do I apply through it?

The GIS is a commitment to guarantee an interview to anyone with a disability who meets the minimum criteria. If you wish to apply under the GIS please tick ‘yes’ on your online application in answer to the GIS question. You must then provide further information and appropriate evidence to the school by the published deadline. There is no obligation for a disabled applicant to apply under the GIS.