We’ve been asked lots of questions about the radiology interview and what it entails, so in order to help everyone we thought we’d put them together in one blog post. If you want to get a better idea of the specific questions they ask at interview, try our radiology interview question bank.
What is the format of the radiology interview?
The format of the radiology interview has changed several times in recent years. The most recent round of interviews (2017) involved the following three stations, lasting 10 minutes each:
- Preparation station, requiring candidates to “score” their own portfolio against a pre-determined marksheet
- Verification of portfolio station – candidates bring in the scoresheet from the preparation station and go through it with the examiners. This is then followed by a brief discussion of the candidates portfolio
- Commitment to radiology station – a more general themed station aimed to test the candidates understanding of a career in radiology and to evaluate their commitment and suitability for the career
How many people attend the radiology interview?
Historical statistics on number of applicants, number of interview places and number of available posts are available on the RCR website (https://www.rcr.ac.uk/clinical-radiology/careers-recruitment/specialty-recruitment/statistical-summary-previous-rounds).
The exact number of available posts for the 2018 round of recruitment is not currently known, although the RCR have stated that there will be 600 interview places. For reference, in 2017 there were 267 posts available, with 937 applicants, of whom 554 were interviewed.
What do I need in my radiology interview portfolio?
Your portfolio is scored across various domains as follows:
- Research into a Radiology career
- Including evidence of taster weeks
- Additional degrees and postgraduate medical qualifications
- Including BsC degrees or equivalents, MRCS/MRCP
- Evidence of participation in clinical governance and audit
- Including closing the audit loop, and presentation of findings at an appropriate meeting
- Evidence of teaching
- Including teaching qualifications, attendance at teaching courses, and delivery of teaching
- Evidence of research (including publications), as an undergraduate and postgraduate
- Including evidence of PhD/MA, peer-reviewed publications, poster presentations
How can I demonstrate “commitment to radiology”?
Firstly, commitment to the specialty can be reflected via your portfolio, in terms of radiology-themed teaching, audit and research. Secondly, applicants are expected to have a good understanding of the training pathway and process for radiology trainees, and it is important to familiarise yourself with this. Thirdly, it is important to have a good understanding of the role of a Radiologist within the hospital and wider healthcare as a whole.
How can I prepare for the interview?
It is best to start early – your portfolio counts for a sizeable percentage of your overall score and it is important to try and provide evidence of achievement in each of the assessed domains (described above).
In terms of preparation for the commitment to radiology station, it is essential to spend time in a radiology department for a taster week – not only is this needed in order to demonstrate your commitment, it will also provide an invaluable opportunity to speak to current trainees and understand the training process. In addition, your own experience within the department will be useful in answering questions on how a radiology department operates on a daily basis (this question is often asked).
Finally, spending time on practising possible/ past questions will provide you with confidence and the knowledge to tackle any questions that may arise in the real interview – our question bank features a wide range of practice questions covering frequently assessed topics, covering the key points that examiners are looking for.
For further information on the interview, check out the radiology section of our website.