Interview process

Last Updated: 24th August 2020

Know what to expect at your HSST interview

Attending your interview

Please arrive at the interview venue at least 30 minutes before your start time and allow up to 2 hours for all stages of the interviews. If you are running late for your interview please let us know by telephoning 0121 695 2311. We cannot guarantee to keep your interview slot if you arrive late and have not informed us.

When you arrive at the interview venue you will undergo a document check, this will include a verification of your ID and your right to work documentation (if applicable). You must bring with you the original documentation and one copy of each of the documents as outlined in the ‘invite to interview’ email. You will then be given an ID badge which must be visible during your time on the interview circuit.

If you are unable to attend your interview please email the NSHCS helpdesk service as soon as possible on

If you experience any issues with regards to timing on the day of your interview, please ask to speak to the designated Senior Manager from the School.

What you can expect at your interview

You will be given a short briefing before commencing with your interview.

The interviews take place on a circuit of three ‘stations’. Each station will last 20 minutes and you will be asked a series of questions designed to explore your knowledge and skills and to measure your suitability. You will have a two minute rest between each station and will move around the circuit until all three stations have been completed. Please note that you will be assigned into a ‘stream’ and may be positioned to start at any of the three stations in your stream.

Graphic showing the HSST interview process through stations

Graphic showing the HSST interview process through stations

Areas covered in the stations

Station 1

Scientific and Clinical Service - this station is designed to focus on the specific HSST curriculum.

Station 2

Research and Innovation - this station is designed to assess scientific, policy or educational research. You will be required to deliver a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation, followed by a 10 minute question and answer session.

The presentation title will be included in the invite to interview email and you must submit your presentation via email to The deadline for submissions will also be provided in the invite to interview email. You must also bring a copy of your presentation to the interview on a memory stick, together with 3 hard copies; this is in the event of any failure in the IT facilities at the venue. PowerPoint versions 2003, 2007 and 2010 are supported. Please note that no changes to presentations can be accepted after the deadline date.

Station 3

Leadership and Management (aligned to Good Scientific Practice) – this station will focus on (but is not limited to) patient centred care, safety, leadership, professionalism, innovation, teaching and learning, quality improvement and research methods.