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What to expect at interview

Applications to the HSST programme are now closed until 2018. The information below is for reference only.


If you are an 'in-service' applicant you will go straight through to interview where you will provide evidence that you have achieved the entry criteria. 

If you are a 'direct entry' applicant you will proceed to shortlisting if you have been successful in the application stage. Once shortlisting has been done you will receive one of three emails via Oriel:

  • Interview - this means you will be invited to interview. You will have five working days from the date you receive the notice for interview, to confirm acceptance by booking an interview time online.
  • Shortlist reserve -  this means you are on the reserve list and could be called for interview if any of the shortlisted candidates withdraw. This could happen at short notice so you must be prepared to attend when asked.
  • Shortlist unsuccessful - this means that you have not been shortlisted and your application will not progress any further.

The Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS)

This scheme is a committment to guarantee an interview to any applicant with a disability, who meets the minimum entry criteria for the HSST (as defined in the Equality Act 2010). If you are a disabled applicant wishing to apply under the GIS, please make sure to tick the 'yes' box on the online application form which refers to the scheme and also send evidence of your qualification to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Documents to bring with you to interview

When you arrive at the interview venue you will undergo a document check, this will include a verification of your ID and your right to work documentation (if applicable). You must bring with you the original documentation and one copy of each of the documents as outlined in the 'invite to interview' email.

Attending your interview

Please arrive at the interview venue at least 30 minutes before your start time and allow up to 2 hours for all stages of the interviews. If you are running late for your interview please let us know by telephoning 0121 695 2311. We cannot guarantee to keep your interview slot if you arrive late and have not informed us. Your document check will take place before you go onto the interview circuit (unless it has been deferred due to a late arrival) and you will be given an ID badge which must be visible during your time on the interview circuit.

If you are unable to attend your interview please email the NSHCS helpdesk service as soon as possible on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you experience any issues with regards to timing on the day of your interview, please ask to speak to the designated Senior Manager from the School.

What you can expect at your interview

You will be given a short briefing before commencing with your interview.

The interviews take place on a circuit of three 'stations'. Each station will last 20 minutes and you will be asked a series of questions designed to explore your knowledge and skills and to measure your suitability. You will have a two minute rest between each station and will move around the circuit until all three stations have been completed. Please note that you will be assigned into a 'stream' and may be positioned to start at any of the three stations in your stream. 

interview process flowchart

Areas covered in the stations

Station  Area covered 
Scientific and Clinical Service - this station is designed to focus on the specific HSST curriculum.

Research and Innovation - this station is designed to assess scientific, policy or educational research. You will be required to deliver a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation, followed by a 10 minute question and answer session.

The presentation title will be included in the invite to interview email and you must submit your presentation via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for submissions will also be provided in the invite to interview email. You must also bring a copy of your presentation to the interview on a memory stick, together with 3 hard copies; this is in the event of any failure in the IT facilities at the venue. PowerPoint versions 2003, 2007 and 2010 are supported. Please note that no changes to presentations can be accepted after the deadline date.

Leadership and Management (aligned to Good Scientific Practice) - this station will focus on (but is not limited to) patient centred care, safety, leadership, professionalism, innovation, teaching and learning, quality improvement and research methods.

The outcome of your interview

You will be informed about the outcome of your interview via an email on the Oriel system. You can request feedback on your interview (interview notes); please send your request in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Should you require further information, this will be treated as a 'subject access request' and may incur a fee.

In-service applicants will be notified as above however a copy of the email will also be sent to their manager. The sponsoring employer must then confirm that you are joining the HSST programme.

What to do next

Once you have received your offer, you have 48 hours (including weekends and bank holidays) to decide whether to accept, reject or hold your offer. More information is available about what to do once you have received an offer.