Radiology Interview Overview 2021-2022

How many places are available?

Historical statistics on number of applicants, number of interview places and number of available posts are available on the RCR website.

The exact number of available posts for the 2022 round of recruitment is not currently known. For reference, in 2021 there were 353 posts available, with 1677 applicants, of whom 491 were interviewed.

What is the format of the radiology interview?

The format of the radiology interview has changed several times in recent years.

In the 2020-2021 application process, not all candidates needed to interview – the top 55 candidates (based on a combined self-assessment and MSRA score) bypassed the interview and were ranked 1-55 for the purposes of offers. For further details please refer to our blog post on the 2020-2021 application process. 

This process is likely to be similar for the 2021-2022 application. For those candidates requiring an interview in 2021-2022, there will be one station lasting 15 minutes, aimed at assessing a candidate’s “commitment to radiology and communication skills”. This interview will be conducted online via Microsoft Teams. The content of the interview is likely to be similar to themes from previous years, and candidates will likely be asked about their commitment to radiology and to talk through their portfolio.

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).

The 2021-2022 interview is similar to the 2020-2021 process in that it will be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams. If you are unfamiliar with the app, make sure you have practised using it beforehand. 

In order to demonstrate a commitment to radiology, 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 – the Medibuddy Question Bank features a wide range of practice questions covering frequently assessed topics, covering the key points that examiners are looking for.

Useful Resources

The 2021-2022 personal specification. 

Mind The Bleep – Applying to Radiology.



Professionally written Radiology question bank

Competition is fierce, so let us give you that extra edge to get the job.

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