What to expect at interview

Watch our short video on what to expect when you attend an STP interview.

Before your interview

Documents to bring with you

You must bring the documents below with you on the day of your interview. We will require you to bring both the original copy and one photocopy of each document.

  • Your passport
  • Two forms of photographic identification; e.g. driving licence or passport
  • Non UK/EEA applicants must bring their Visa/Home Office documents
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination certificate or alternative evidence of English language proficiency if applicable. (Please contact us if you need more information.)

If you are unable to bring a passport visit the UK Visas and Immigration website for details on what alternative documents will be accepted instead.

Unable to attend?

Should you find that you are unable to attend your interview, please email us as soon as possible and no later than 3 days before the interview date.

Special arrangements

If you have indicated on your application that you have a disability which requires any specific arrangements / adjustments at interview, please email us with supporting evidence of this need and further details about the arrangements you require.

Tell us if you have a hearing impairment

If you have a hearing impairment that may have an impact on your interview, please contact us a minimum of 10 days prior to your interview date and we will notify you if hearing loops are available. Any additional requirements such as sign language support, must be arranged by you. Contact us for further guidance on this if required.

On the day

You must arrive at the interview venue at least 30 minutes before your start time, as a document check will need to take place before you go onto the interview circuit. You will be given an ID badge which must be visible during your time on the interview circuit and you should expect to be at the venue for at least 2 hours.

If you are running late please telephone us on 0121 695 2529. However, it may not be possible to offer you a later interview time and your interview may not go ahead.

The interview circuit

Your interviews will take place on a circuit of four ‘stations’. Each station will have 2 interviewers and will last 10 minutes. The interviewers will ask you a series of questions and may probe and challenge your answers if they feel they need further information.  If your interview finishes early, please stay seated at the station until you are prompted to move to the rest area. The rest area is situated between the stations and you will have 2 minutes rest before moving onto the next station. This process is repeated until you have completed all 4 stations.

You cannot take any notes with you onto the interview circuit and you are also advised not to discuss the interviews/questions with other applicants until you have left the venue. Mobile phones are not to be used while applicants are in the interview circuit.

The stations are designed to explore your knowledge and skills and areas covered include:

Station 1 - General aptitude for science and understanding of scientific services in society

Station 2 - Specialism specific questions to assess scientific knowledge and skill

Station 3 - Specialism specific questions to assess scientific knowledge and skill

Station 4 - Values and behaviour and leadership and management with a focus on potential

The outcome of your interview

You will be informed about the outcome of your interview via the Oriel system. Where you will also be able to view your interview scores and ranking. If you have applied to an in-service, post a copy of the outcome email will also be sent to your manager.

You must remember that when you accept an offer of a post, you are committing to three years training at that location. You cannot move locations once you have accepted an offer of a post.

Further guidance is available in the ‘Interviewing Process for Applicants’.