The Core Surgical Training interviews for England, Scotland and Wales for 2024 took place on the 19th to the 28th February. They were conducted online using the Microsoft Teams platform and 1,200 candidates were interviewed. We will update this page when the timeline for the 2025 selection round is updated.

Candidates will have the opportunity to pick which date and time slot they want on a first come first serve basis. The interview consists of one 20 minute interview divided into 2 x 10 minute sections which is delivered back-to-back by the same interview panel. Candidates are emailed a link to attend and get an opportunity to test their internet connection prior to the interview.

The two sections of the interview are as follows:

Clinical SectionManagement Section
This assesses your ability to apply sound clinical knowledge and judgement to a variety of scenarios. The interviewers are looking for candidates who can act well under pressure, recognise an unwell or deteriorating patient, prioritise clinical need and act safely with minimal risk.

Composed of 2 clinical scenarios lasting 5 minutes each.
This looks at your capacity to think on your feet and to solve problems by working effectively in a multi-professional team. The interviewers are looking for candidates with good communication skills and the ability to show empathy when dealing with sensitive situations.

Starts with one pre-prepared 3-minute presentation. Applicants will receive the presentation title and instructions via Oriel as part of the invitation to interview. Followed by 2 minutes of questioning on presentation.

Then one management scenario question. The question is provided during the interview and encourages the applicant to think on their feet and the candidate has 5 minutes to answer the question.

To see how the scores are allocated, see our page on the Scoring System.

General tips for the day:

  • Give your self plenty of time to prepare
  • Ensure you are using a reliable device (that you have tested) with good internet speed
  • Avoid interruptions/background noise during your interview
  • Have a blank background or wall behind you
  • Dress smart – suits and ties or formal tops (avoid club ties/sports ties)
  • Smile – you may not feel like it but it makes all the difference!
  • Be courteous and polite to everyone
  • Each scenario/section is a fresh start – whether the last section went amazingly or terribly, forget about it and concentrate on the next question

Please note the information above is based on previous years’ experience and what is available from Oriel publications.

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