During and after your STP interview

Last Updated: 27th July 2021

What will happen during your STP interview and how you will find out about the outcome.

The interview

At the start of the interview the panel members will ask you to confirm your identity. You will need to show photographic ID such as a passport, driving licence, BRP, NHS ID card or university ID card. If you do not have photographic ID, you may show your birth certificate. Please ensure you have these at hand at the start of the interview.

You will be asked to confirm that you are alone in the room, and you will respond to the questions without referring to technology (e.g Google). If you do have any assistance, then the interview will be stopped, and your application rejected.

The interview can last up to 50 minutes. The panel will ask you seven set 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. You will need to answer the question within around 4 minutes maximum. Please keep your answers clear, concise and focused. A panel member may ask you follow up or confirmation questions. If you do go over time, then a panel member may interrupt you to move onto the next question. The panel may also conclude the interview early, if they feel they have obtained enough information to assess you. Please do not refer to your application form when answering the questions or assume the panel know the detail on your application form. The interview is your chance to further demonstrate the breadth of your knowledge and experience, not simply reiterate the information on your application form.

Once the panel have asked all the questions you may then ask any questions that you may have. If you do not have any questions than it is acceptable not to ask any. The panel will then explain the next steps. Please note that you will not have the decision there and then. You will then be asked to leave the meeting. 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 or employers 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.

Finally

Good luck in your interview. If you have any further queries, please email the School applicant inbox at hcsapplicants@hee.nhs.uk