How will my STP interview be arranged and conducted?

What applicants can expect if they are successful at being shortlisted for an STP interview.


What to do if you are a non-UK/EU/EAA applicant

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 ENIC statement of comparability.


How will the interview be arranged?

Once you have accepted the offer of the interview (the matched location) on Oriel your contact details will be sent to the employer. The employer will contact you directly to arrange a date and time for the interview. This maybe be via email (please ensure you check your junk/trash folder) or by telephone (which maybe from a withheld number).  You will be given at least two days’ notice wherever possible. We encourage employers to interview early. However, if you do have an important event, such as an exam, you may ask the employer for an alternative date.

Once the recruitment team have received confirmation from the employer on the time and date, we will send an invitation to you for the interview via a Microsoft Teams meeting. Please note that this invite will be sent from ‘2021 MSC Recruitment’ and not through the Oriel application system. It is important you check your junk/trash email folders in case the invitation has been received into these folders. If you do not receive the invitation by 16.00 the day before your interview, please contact the recruitment team.


How will the interview be conducted?

The interview with the recruiting employer, will be held online via Microsoft Teams. The interview panel will consist of two panel members from the employer and possibly an observer. There will be an associate member of the School recruitment team who will be there at the start of the interview and who will silently leave the meeting when you start to answer the first question. You do not need to be concerned when this person leaves the interview. They may also display as being from Leicester Partnership, this is just the way the group has been set up.

The panel members will be qualified and experienced staff working in the department where you will be based, at least one will be a scientist. Observers will be members of School staff or Lay representatives, auditing the interview to ensure standards are met and guidance is followed. The observer will not ask any questions and you do not need to refer to this person in your interview. 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.