Before you attend interview it is very important that you have prepared properly; failure to prepare properly could result in you being unsuccessful at interview so it is vital you familiarise yourself with the guidance. Preparation areas include:

  • Eligibility folder - which contains the documentation showing how you meet the essential person criteria in the person specification
  • Evidence folder - which contains the evidence of the achievements claimed on your application form
  • Other preparation - such as how to dress and travel arrangements
  • Probity - ensuring your evidence folder meets GMC Good Medical Practice guidelines
  • Structure, content and scoring framework for the interview - which can be found in the interview section of the website.

There is a substantial amount of preparation needed and it needs to be presented in a very specific way so please familiarise yourself with this early.

We have produced a short document about the preparation of interview documentation which you may find useful to print off when compiling your folders. This is available from the document library.


You will need to take documentary evidence with you to interview so as to demonstrate that you meet the essential entry requirements listed within the CT1 person specifications; this evidence must be organised in a specific way.

For each of the essential entry criteria, listed below are examples of documentation that can be used.

In each case, it is necessary to include an original version of the document where possible, along with a photocopy of each document. The photocopies will be retained by the recruitment team, with the original documents returned to you.

If your interviewing region has additional, requirements for the eligibility folder to that detailed below, you will be notified in advance of interviews and this will supersede the information supplied here.

How to organise your Eligibility Folder

Use a lever-arch folder

You should use a standard lever-arch folder to hold the original versions of each document. This should be labelled clearly, with dividers used to allow each item to be located quickly and easily.

Please make sure this folder is marked clearly with your name , application ID number (PIN) and GMC number (if you have one).

Keep photocopies separate

Document photocopies should be kept separately, as these will just be handed over for the region to retain.

We would suggest adding these photocopies to another folder (possibly a cardboard folder/wallet), and again marking this with your name, application ID number and GMC number, for easy reference.

Click on the headings below for more information on preparing your documentation:

Overlap between folders

There may be some items/achievements you have included in your application which are required in both your eligibility and evidence folders - eg qualifications, degrees, etc.

Should this be the case, please include the original copy of the document in your Eligibility Folder, and also make a copy for the region to retain as part of your eligibility documentation.

Then make a second copy of the document, which should be included in your Evidence Folder; this copy should be appended with a note, to say the original version of the document can be found in your Eligibility Folder.

What to include in your Eligibility Folder

As well as showing you are eligible for a CT1 post, you also need to provide documentation which backs up the various claims made in your application form (achievements, qualifications, publications, etc.). These should be collated into an Evidence Folder, which must be prefaced with an Evidence Summary Form, which can be downloaded from the document library.

The time spent at the evidence station is relatively short so it is very important that you lay out your documentation clearly in the prescribed manner. If the interviewers are unable to verify that your evidence matches the achievements listed on your application form - including due to poor organisation - then you may be marked down on this basis.

Missing evidence

Claims made on your application form must be backed up with evidence in your evidence folder. Missing evidence will be treated as you not having the achievement. This could lead to either:

  • a reduction in the score awarded by interviewers
  • your application may be deemed unappointable 
  • in serious cases it could lead to a probity investigation (see the Probity section for more information).

Presentation

As your Evidence Folder is a very structured and important part of the process, we cannot overstate how important it is that you organise it in the manner specified here.

For further guidance click on the headings below and then following that you can view a presentation, giving pictorial guidance of how to go about preparing your folder. You are strongly advised to go through it before putting your folder together.

Beyond readying your documentation, there is some other preparation you can undertake ahead of CT1 interviews.

It is not really possible to 'revise' before the interview, although of course it is always sensible to review your application form, experience and skills to date, achievements, etc. in advance, and to prepare yourself more generally as you would for any interview.

Certain questions at the interview will involve discussion of particular (brief) scenarios, but information on these will be provided to you on the day.

Dress code

Guidance has been produced on appropriate dress code for all candidates attending medical interviews. This guidance can be downloaded from the document library section of this website.

Travel and venue

When you book into your interview slot, the region at which you will be interviewed will provide details of the interview venue.

As it is essential that you arrive on time, we advise that you plan travel to the venue in advance, with plenty of time allowed for travelling, parking (if applicable) and contingency (in case of any difficulties en route).

Please bear in mind the GMC's Good Medical Practice guidelines on probity (point 66), as below:

'You must always be honest about your experience, qualifications and current role.'

(http://www.gmc-uk.org/guidance/good_medical_practice/20462.asp)

Any instances of candidates found to be making claims on the application form which they cannot substantiate will be taken extremely seriously and may be reported to the GMC.

Patient-identifiable data

Information governance regulations state that you must not allow any patient-identifiable data (PID) to be moved away from the designated (usually clinical) area.

As such, you must ensure none of the documentation you use at interview (eg details of case reports, audit, etc.) contains information which could be used to identify patients, as this would be a breach of patient confidentiality; this includes hospital or NHS ID numbers.

All such patient-identifiable data must be redacted.

If patient-identifiable data is found, it is likely that your employer, supervisor and region (as relevant) will be notified, in order to take further action.