Cardiothoracic Surgery ST1: 2024 Interview
Cardiothoracic Surgery 19th January 2024

Cardiothoracic Surgery ST1: 2024 Interview

Are you looking to uncover everything there is to know about the Cardiothoracic Surgery ST1 interview? To help you with your application, we have created our Cardiothoracic Surgery ST1 interview guide. The guide covers the key recruitment dates, as well as the self-assessment part of the application and the interview format.

With a high volume of candidates and only a limited number of posts, Cardiothoracic Surgery ST1 is a competitive specialty. To showcase this, in round 1 of 2023, there were 298 applications for 11 posts. This resulted in a competition ratio of 27.09, meaning more than 27 people applied for each Cardiothoracic Surgery ST1 post.

Cardiothoracic ST1 Application

You can submit your Cardiothoracic ST1 application through the Oriel platform, from Thursday 26 October to 23 November 2023. Within the application form, you’ll find sections relating to the following:

  • Qualifications
  • Clinical skills
  • Academic skills
  • Personal skills
  • Professional integrity
  • Commitment to specialty

For your application to be considered, you must make your submission before the deadline. Just know, you can’t make changes to your application once it’s been submitted,so ensure the content is free of errors.

You can find more information about the eligibility criteria and different sections of the application form in the 2024 Cardiothoracic ST1 person specification form.

Cardiothoracic ST1 Key Dates

The 2024 round one interviews for Cardiothoracic ST1 take place on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 February 2024. Managing work and specialty applications can be time consuming, so we’ve arranged all the Cardiothoracic ST1 recruitment dates for you:

Stage Date
Applications open 26 October 2023
Applications close 23 November 2023
Longlisting completed 8 December 2023
Self-assessment cut-off 15 December 2023
Evidence upload – applicants 18 December 2023 – 3 January 2024
Evidence verification day 8 January 2024
Final shortlist / outcome of 9 January 2024
Self-assessment appeal window 9 – 12 January 2024
Appeals reviewed and invitation to interview w/c 15 January 2024
Interviews 5 – 6 February 2024
Initial offers deadline 29 February 2024
Holding deadline 4 April 2024

Cardiothoracic ST1 Self Assessment

The self-assessment part of the application process requires you to score yourself based on your achievements and qualifications across a variety of domains. Each domain assesses an element of your experience, with your self-assessment scores contributing to your overall interview score. You can find some of the self-assessment domains below:

  • Undergraduate Medical Career
  • Post graduate qualifications
  • Professional Development
  • Supporting Activities

Later in the application process, you must submit evidence to support the claims you make on the application form. The window to do this is open from Monday 18 December 2023 to Wednesday 3 January 2024.

You should organise your portfolio of evidence in the following way:

  • Your evidence must be uploaded in the same order as the domains in the application form
  • The evidence should be in English, and Non-English documents must be accompanied by a certified English translation
  • Your portfolio of evidence must be uploaded as a single PDF

Your evidence will be verified by a panel of assessors on Monday 8 January 2024. If your evidence doesn’t follow the required format, your application won’t progress any further.

You can find more information about the self-assessment part of the application process in the 2024 Cardiothoracic ST1 self-assessment criteria.

Cardiothoracic ST1 Interview Format

If you’re invited to an online Cardiothoracic ST1 interview, you’ll first have to book one of the available slots. However, it’s worth making yourself available across the two consecutive interview days, just in case any technical issues arise.

The recruitment office provides minimal information about what might come up in the Cardiothoracic ST1 interview, but you can expect it to consist of five structured questions and take around 25 minutes.

Good luck!

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