Attending an interview

The assessment team would prefer to interview you face to face. But we can arrange a videocall or telephone interview if this is not practical.  If your interview will be done remotely, please make sure you are in a quiet and private room.

You don’t need to prepare for the interview. But you may want to think about some examples that illustrate how the doctor performs.  You can take some notes into the interview if you wish.

Interviews are usually carried out by two assessors, although there may sometimes be more. They are scheduled for up to an hour but may be shorter.  The interview will be formal and structured; however, the assessors will do what they can to put you at ease. You are welcome to have someone with you for support, but they won't be allowed to take part in the interview.

The assessors will make notes during the interview and we will make a recording.  No other recording is permitted.  Our recording will be used to produce a full transcript, which will be disclosed to the doctor.  Once the transcript has been produced, the recording will be destroyed. 

We can’t pay you to attend or reimburse your expenses.

The questions

There will be no questions about specific incidents or allegations.  There is a standard list of interview questions and you’ll be asked those that are most relevant to the doctor’s practice and your role.  The topics which may be covered are:

  • Experience of working together, including teamwork and verbal communication; records and written communication
  • Clinical care, including how they assess and manage patients and their technical and operative skills
  • Relationships with patients, carers and relatives. This includes treating them with respect, information sharing and supporting self-care.
  • Maintaining and improving knowledge and skills. This includes the doctor’s educational activities and engagement with appraisal and quality assurance activities
  • Dealing with problems which might affect patient care, or complaints

There will be an opportunity to add any other comments about the doctor’s performance at the end.

We do not release interview scripts in advance, but these are examples of questions you might be asked:

  • What do you think of how [doctor] communicates with you and other colleagues?
  • Tell us about [doctor]'s use of investigations to assess patients' condition
  • How does [doctor] respond to feedback from patients or colleagues?
  • Are there any recent examples of where [doctor] has acted to address a problem which was putting patients' health or welfare at risk?