Before we start talking about how to prepare for the urology interview and what to expect on the day, the one thing I took away from the entire interview process in Leeds was how friendly everyone was. Coming from south London, I was humbled by the northern hospitality. Even the uber driver on the way to the interview location insisted I took a bottle of water and some chewing gum and wished me luck!
This post will focus mainly on what to expect on the day. You can find over 200 mock interview questions and model answers in our Urology Interview Question Bank.
- Despite being a football stadium with a capacity of almost 40,000 people, there are no catering facilities available at Elland Road Stadium during the interview process.
- I had to make a dash half a mile up the road to the local subway to get a precariously sloppy subway sandwich. Getting it down my throat and not my suit was a masticatory challenge. Take a packed lunch!
- Virgin Trains… If you have an afternoon interview slot, it’s perfectly possible to take the train up to Leeds on the morning of your interview and return that evening. Although if you have a morning slot, I would recommend getting a hotel for the night.
- Be aware Virgin train tickets are sold for a specific train only! If you miss your return train, don’t expect to be able to hop on the next one!
On the Day – What to Expect
The interview is structured in a similar way each year. Arrive at the specified arrival time for your interview slot. The interviewers have built in plenty of time for document checking before your interview. The organisers do not want candidates to arrive early due to the organisation of the day.
You will be held in a large room with the other candidates. Take time to catch your breath, relax and use the bathroom. You have done all the hard work now, don’t let other candidates put you off or try to cram any last minute material.
Your name will be called and friendly staff will lead you to a room for document checking. You will be asked to read a document describing the operational guidance for the interview process. You will be asked to sign a few documents, including one confirming you have read the guidance as well as confirming you will not discuss the interview stations with other candidates.
The staff member will then ask to see original documents and copies of everything mentioned in the application guidance. Ensure you have all the required documents, as not having an individual document (e.g. valid ALS certificate) can lead to unnecessary anxiety and delays on the day.
You will be given a sheet of stickers with your name, candidate and circuit number. The organisers will attach one to your portfolio and you will need to stick the other one to your top/jacket. A member of staff will then wrench your beloved portfolio from your arms and keep it for the portfolio station examiners. Having toiled over this masterpiece for many weeks it will seem very unnatural to hand it over during the document checking station, but at least now you can relax safe in the knowledge there is nothing more you can do to improve it! Keep the remaining sheet of stickers in your pocket as you will be asked for one as you enter each station.
There will be a secure area to leave your coats and bags.
After the document checking your name will be called with 5 other candidates, and the 6 of you will be led to your circuit. There are usually 4 circuits with 5 stations each, plus a rest station running simultaneously.
The facilitators will be time-keeping meticulously and briefing you on every station. They will knock on the door at certain specified time intervals. There will be water available outside each station if you need it.
The instructions for each station will be on laminated cards left outside every station. There will be copies of these instructions inside every station. There will also be a clipboard with paper and a pen outside the communication skills station. You can take your notes in with you (leaving the clipboard and pen outside). However, any notes you bring in must be left in the station. Time is very tight on all stations so only make notes once you are sure you have read and understood the scenarios fully before writing any notes.
Once you have finished the last station, you will be lead back to the holding station to collect your collect your portfolio. You are then free to enjoy your well-earned freedom and prepare for life as a urology registrar!
For more information on the urology interview, check out the urology section of our website.