Shortlisting and sub-preferences


If you pass the situational judgement test, your application goes through a shortlisting panel. They will score it against each of the criteria in the person specification.

The panel members do not have access to your:

  • equal opportunities data
  • fitness to practice data
  • employment history sections of the application form
  • personal data

Applications are then ranked in order of their total score. In the event of tied scores, an algorithm is applied. This may include scores from the situational judgment test. The highest scoring applicants will then go through to interview. There will be one allocation to interview per post. There will be a reserve list that is drawn from for further interviews when required. Click this link to view the shortlist release key date.


Shortlisting outcomes

When shortlisting is complete, your status on Oriel will change to one of the following:

  • interview – you may be invited to interview if you rank high enough to be matched to one of your chosen locations. If you are not matched to a location initially you will be kept on the reserve list.
  • shortlisted reserve – you may be invited to interview, possibly at short notice, if a candidate in your chosen specialty withdraws or if an applicant allocated to a post is unsuccessful at interview
  • shortlist unsuccessful – your application will not progress any further

Choosing employers and locations (Sub-preferences)

If you are shortlisted, you will need to choose where in the country you want to train. This is referred to as your ‘sub-preference’ choices. Post details may change throughout the recruitment process, so keep checking the website for the latest information.

Sub-preference/location choices can only be made during the sub-preference window. Similarly, to the preferences selection method this is done using the ‘drag and drop’ motion. Click this link to view the sub preference key dates.

Think carefully when choosing your sub-preferences as this is where you will be living and working for the next three years. Complete some research on what is like to live in the area – do you want to be based in a city or a more rural location. Communicate with STP trainees and networks via social media, to see what it is like to live, work and study in that region. Does the location contain the facilities you need? Consider the time and distance from your support network.

We will assume that you will accept, if offered, a post with any of the employers you have selected in your sub-preferences.


Interview allocations

Interviews will be held online and further details about the interview process will be provided nearer the interview stage.

Feedback on the recruitment process

You may be invited to participate in a national feedback survey. Your feedback is important to us, and feedback from previous surveys has resulted in process improvements.

Contacts and useful information

For general queries regarding the recruitment process, read through the guidance on our website and look at the ‘frequently asked questions’. If you do not find the answer to your query, email us at

Visit the Curriculum Library for the STP curricula.

For background information on the STP, including career and specialty information, visit the Health Careers website.