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CAT Interviews

Core Anaesthetic Training interviews are comprised of a clinical interview, a portfolio station, and a presentation. Candidates may also have to complete additional stations.

Clinical Anaesthetics Interview

The clinical interview component lasts for 10 minutes, during which

Portfolio Station

The portfolio station lasts for 20 minutes, during which


The presentation component of the interview lasts for 10 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes’ preparation, during which candidates must

Additional Stations

Deaneries and HEE local offices can also include additional stations alongside the three national standard stations. These are designed to test attributes that are listed in the national person specification. HEE local offices and Deaneries are expected to tell applicants that there will be additional stations when they are invited to the interview, and which attributes they will be testing.

Candidates receive a score for each of the stations, and also receive a “Global Rating” score. This is the assessor’s professional judgement of their overall performance at a station.

At the clinical station candidates can achieve a minimum score of one and a maximum score of 10. The assessors are looking at factors such as

At the portfolio station, candidates can achieve a minimum score of one, or a maximum score of 10.  Candidates can perform at

The global rating score for the presentation station ranges from a minimum of one to a maximum of 10. The assessors are looking at factors including

Examples of General Anaesthetics Interview Questions

General interview questions may include:


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