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
- candidates demonstrate their clinical judgment, and decision making;
- candidates are assessed on how well they work under pressure, and their teamwork abilities; and
- candidates are given a clinical scenario on the day, with up to five minutes to read the scenario beforehand, before being evaluated on their responses.
The portfolio station lasts for 20 minutes, during which
- candidates highlight their past achievements, their commitment to anaesthetics, and their career progression;
- an assessor confirms the candidate’s self-assessment score;
- candidates will have to show evidence to support each of the self-scoring domains;
- the assessors will explore the candidate’s portfolio in greater depth, assessing evidence of reflective practice, commitment and insight into anaesthetics, and their commitment to the training programme and the Deaneries or HEE local offices they are applying to; and
- assessors may or may not ask candidates about achievements and interests outside of medicine.
The presentation component of the interview lasts for 10 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes’ preparation, during which candidates must
- give a five-minute presentation, and answer asked questions about it for five further minutes;
- perform well under time pressure and demonstrate their ability to prepare and deliver a presentation;
- showcase strong delivery skills; and
- communicate effectively, work well under pressure, demonstrate organisation, and planning skills.
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
- whether the candidate has a good knowledge of the clinical scenario,
- how much prompting they need in aspects of management,
- if they can prioritise tasks well,
- communication with team members, and
- communication with the patient.
At the portfolio station, candidates can achieve a minimum score of one, or a maximum score of 10. Candidates can perform at
- above standard in every respect,
- above standard in most respects,
- typical, borderline, or below standard in all respects, or
- exhibiting worrying or dangerous behaviour.
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
- knowledge, and
- communication skills.
Examples of General Anaesthetics Interview Questions
General interview questions may include:
- What are the qualities of a good doctor?
- What do you think will be the biggest challenge in this post?
- Can you give an example of a time you successfully, and unsuccessfully managed a clinical scenario?
- What is your experience of audit? What did you learn from carrying out an audit?
- Your F1 colleague turns up to the ward under the influence of alcohol. What do you do?