What’s new in STP recruitment 2022?

Recruitment to the Scientist Training Programme (STP) will follow a similar process to the last two years.


The three-stage process consists of:

  • longlisting based on the results of a situational judgement test
  • shortlisting by scientists’ review of applications
  • online interviews by employers

Choosing your specialty

You can only apply for one specialty. We encourage you to do as much research as possible to make sure you find the specialty you really want to follow.

Longlisting has changed

As part of longlisting you will complete an online situational judgement (SJT) test. The SJT maps very closely to the person specification for STP trainees and explores values, behaviours and professionalism. The SJT is based on how you would respond in clinical based, hypothetical situations; there are no right or wrong answers. The questions have been set by a highly-regarded consultancy, Work Psychology Group, and provide a good insight into how well you are suited to the role of trainee Clinical Scientist.

All applicants must complete the SJT during the test window, which will follow the application window. Unlike previous years, the test will not be accessible directly after submitting your application it will only be available during the test window. Click this link for all STP recruitment key dates. Guidance on longlisting and the SJT is also available.

The SJT for 2022 will be delivered by a new platform provider, Pearson VUE who are experienced in delivering assessments across Health Education England’s recruitment activities.

Reasonable adjustments

As a disability confident organisation or under the disability confidence scheme, you are able to select ‘reasonable adjustments’ as part of the online Oriel application process. You will be asked to confirm if you require extra time for the online Situational Judgment Test. If your answer is yes, please add evidence detailing your disability/requirement for extra time in order for your application to be submitted. Your request will be reviewed and either confirmed or declined by the recruitment team. Confirmation of the outcome will be sent to via your Oriel communications. Please do not start the SJT until this confirmation is received.

Shortlisting has changed

Applications that are successfully longlisted will go through a shortlisting process. As a result of shortlisting applicants will be allocated to interview with employing departments. We use an algorithm that takes into account the scores accrued by the application and the applicant’s location preference. We will also identify a pool of reserve applicants who will be offered an interview if one becomes available.

Online interviews will be similar to 2021

The STP interviews will be held online by two scientists from the employing department and, potentially, a representative from the School. If you are offered an interview with an employer, this will be made through Oriel as an ‘offer’. Guidance for applicants on the STP interview is available.

No option for applicants to ‘hold’ an offer and wait for a preferred offer

Applicants cannot ‘hold’ an offer of an interview to wait for another interview offer in a preferred location. You will only receive one offer of an interview with an employer, if you decline this interview offer you will leave the selection process for 2022.

If successful in the interview, you will be offered a training post with that employer. If unsuccessful, you will leave the selection process for 2022.

Last updated on 17th January 2022