Preparing for the interview

Release of MSRA scores and invitation to interview usually take place around the same time in late January. Interviews take place across 4 days in late February in central London. You are invited to pick an interview slot immediately after you receive your invitation. Make sure you do this early to avoid missing out on any preferred dates or times you may have. I would recommend choosing a time which is not too early in the day, primarily to avoid London rush hour traffic and tube mayhem. 

On the ‘invitation to interview’ message you will receive from ORIEL, there will be some further information listed about what the interview will entail.

You will be asked to bring in a paper portfolio and some other basic documents with you including your passport, confirmation of right to work status, etc. 

A few weeks after the invite to interview, you will be invited to rank your programme preferences. Please note that the application for ST1 clinical radiology via ORIEL covers posts in England, Scotland and Wales, whilst Ireland have their own separate recruitment process. Preferencing usually closes around or just before the time of interviews, but this may vary year to year. You are given the option to organise your options in two main categories: ‘preferences’ and ‘not wanted’. You can ‘rank’ as many available jobs as you would like, in your preferred order. Any jobs which you would not like to be considered for can be placed under the ‘not wanted’ column.

On the day of the interview, ensure you arrive in plenty of time. 

The structure of the ST1 Clinical Radiology interview received a massive overhaul in 2017, and now consists of 3 main components which we will cover in detail.

  1. Preparation station (10 minutes)
  2. Station A – Commitment to Specialty (10 minutes)
  3. Station B – Portfolio (10 minutes)


Each station will be 10 minutes in duration and take place in different rooms. The interview will last 30 minutes overall.

Note – Prior to 2017, the interview involved further stations covering ethical dilemmas as well as a reporting station amongst others, which have since been eliminated from the interview process.

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