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All of our courses are full and have no places available in Clearing. You may find the information below helpful for future applications.

 Many of our courses involve a selection interview which is aligned to the NHS values. If you apply to us through Clearing or Adjustment you may need to have an interview.

All our interviews will be conducted remotely, in line with social distancing guidelines. They will either be done via telephone or as a multiple mini interview (MMI) which you will need to record on video.

Whether you will need to have an interview and what kind it is depends on which course you applied for:

  • No interview required: Biomedical Science BSc, Clinical Pharmacology BSc

  • Telephone interview: Healthcare Science BSc, Paramedic Science BSc, Occupational Therapy BSc

  • MMI: Medicine MBBS, Physiotherapy BSc and MSc, Diagnostic Radiography BSc, Therapeutic Radiography BSc.

Information about our interviews

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How do I prepare?

We understand that you may be nervous, but we want you to feel able to be yourself in the interview – we’re not trying to trip you up. We recommend you do two things to prepare for your interview.

  1. Consider the course you are applying for and why you want to study at St George’s. Think about why you are suited to this course, and how your experience has already prepared you for this opportunity.

  2. Read the advice below carefully about technically preparing for your interview. Whether you are being interviewed over the phone, or by submitting a video MMI, technical difficulties may occur so we have compiled a guide on how to minimise the chance of technology getting in your way. 

Why we interview?

Our interviews are designed to help us assess your academic potential. Our assessors want to see how motivated you are, and your enthusiasm for your subject.

We don’t base our decisions on your appearance or background, but on your ability to think independently and engage with new ideas beyond your school or college syllabus. We want to see your skills beyond what we’ve read on your UCAS form. 

Who will interview/assess me?

Whether you have a telephone interview or submit an MMI, the people that interview and assess you will be experienced academic tutors who teach and research at the University or lay people. All of our interviewers have been trained on how to assess interviews fairly and consistently.

How long will the interview take?

Depending on the interview format, it will take between 30 and 45 minutes and will consist of six to eight questions. We recommend allowing yourself at least an hour for your interview in case of technical difficulties.

How to prepare for your interview

Telephone interviews

Telephone interviews are required for the following courses:

  • Healthcare Science BSc

  • Paramedic Science BSc

  • Occupational Therapy BSc

If we offer you a telephone interview, you will be asked to accept your invitation before we schedule a date and time range for your interview.

Your interview ID will begin with a T.

You will be called by one of our experienced senior course academics for the course you applied for.

Unfortunately, because of the large number of applicants and the fast-moving nature of Clearing and Adjustment, we won’t necessarily be able to give you a precise time when you will be called. Telephone interviews will be conducted from 9am to 8pm. 

Preparing for a telephone interview

Before your interview, check your phone number is correct on UCAS track.

On the day of your interview, make sure your telephone is fully charged and able to receive calls, and ensure you have a quiet room in which you can have you telephone interview. You may wish to also have some water in case you need it.

Multiple mini interviews

Interviews for the following courses will be done in the multiple mini interview (MMI) format:

  • Medicine MBBS

  • Physiotherapy BSc and MSc

  • Diagnostic Radiography BSc

  • Therapeutic Radiography BSc

MMIs are normally conducted in person as applicants are assessed by up to seven different assessors, with one assessor scoring one question. We’ve now developed a way of doing them remotely emulating this format, so we can carry on with the admissions process while following social distancing guidelines.   

How your MMI will work

Our remote interview format is similar to the in-person MMI, except instead of giving your answers to an assessor face to face, you will record them on video.

Whether in-person or remote, our priority is to provide a fair admissions process to all of our applicants, so we guarantee that all interviews will be assessed in the same way regardless of format. Attending a remote interview will not disadvantage your chance of being offered a place. 

Step 1: Preparation

Finding the ideal space

  • You should prepare for your interview as though you were attending in person. See our guidance on preparing for MMIs.

  • You may wish to dress appropriately for an interview, but the important thing is that you’re comfortable. You won’t be judged on what you wear.

  • Make sure you have access to a quiet room to record your video in. This room needs to be somewhere you won’t be disturbed by others. No-one else should be present in the room during your interview unless they are helping you with an IT problem or are an interpreter. 

  • You may want to have a glass of water nearby.

  • Decide what device you’re going to record your video on – see below for our advice. We recommend doing a test recording before your interview, so you can deal with any technical issues in advance and get comfortable talking into the camera.

  • Make sure your ID is within reach as you will need to show it at the start of your interview. Acceptable forms of ID are a passport or UK driving licence. 

Preparing to record your video

You can use any video recording device to record your MMI, including a smartphone, tablet, computer or camera. Before you start recording, please make sure you are able to record sound, have enough memory to store the video, and the device is fully charged.

Our preferred file formats are .mp4 or .mov. We recommend that you record in the lowest available resolution, as this will give you a smaller file size and make it easier to upload your video – although you must make sure that we can clearly see your ID at the resolution you choose.

  • Recording on a PC: For Windows 10 users, you should be able to record from your webcam using the built in Camera app. If your PC doesn’t have the Camera app, Cyberlink Youcam 9 is available as a 30 day free trial. For this software, we recommend you record at 1280×720 resolution or less, and that you use the mp4 “better” setting.

  • Recording on a Mac: You can record video using the Photo Booth app, which is automatically installed as part of the Mac Operating System. You should be able to find it in the dock or in your Applications folder. Make sure it is set to record video rather than take pictures.

  • Recording on a smartphone or tablet: For most modern smartphones and tablets, it should be straightforward to record using the built-in software. For Apple devices, we recommend going to Settings > Camera > Formats, and selecting “most compatible”. For Android devices, it should be fine to use the default format. Please use the front-facing camera if you have one. This will allow you to make sure that you are clearly visible in the shot. It should also produce a lower-resolution image, which will help to keep the file size smaller and enable quicker uploading. 

Step 2: Receiving your OneDrive link

At the start of your interview, we will send you an email with your interview ID (which will begin with an M) and a link to a secure OneDrive folder. The folder will contain a PDF copy of the interview questions, and will provide a space to upload your video.

When you are ready to begin recording, open the PDF file, and answer each question in order. See below for tips on recording your interview. 

Your interview will last between 30-40 minutes, with the specific length of each question and total length of your video stated at the top if the PDF copy of the interview questions. You will have 3 hours to record and upload your interview.  

Step 3: Recording your interview video
Following these tips will make it easier for us to assess your video.  
  • Switch your devices (including the one you are using to record, if applicable) to Airplane mode or Do Not Disturb, so you don’t get distracted.

  • Make sure the microphone isn’t obstructed.

  • Make sure your head and shoulders are clearly visible. Speak clearly and look directly into the camera.

  • At the beginning of the video, say:

    • your name

    • your interview ID (sent to you in your interview invitation email)

    • the course you are applying for.

  • Show your ID to the camera, making sure it is clear and in focus. We need to be able to see your photo and read your name and date of birth.

  • Say the question number clearly at the start of each answer, so we know when you’ve moved on to the next one.

  • You should answer all the questions off the top of your head – don’t consult any other sources. You should not have notes with you, as though you in were in a face-to-face interview.

  • Stick to the time limit of the overall video as stated on the top of the PDF question sheet, and try to spend a minimum of at least three minutes answering each question. This will ensure you are providing the required amount of depth in your answer. Don’t worry if you stop talking and think about your answers, this is expected.

  • If you make a mistake, just correct yourself and move on as you would with any other interview. Don’t pause or edit the video – it must be one continuous recording. We will not accept videos that have edits or gaps in them. 

Step 4: Uploading your video
  • Check your video to make sure that you’ve followed all the instructions above and haven’t had any technical problems.

  • Upload your video to OneDrive by the deadline you’ve been given.

  • We will contact you within 24 hours (or on the next working day) to confirm that we’ve received the video. There is no need to email us to confirm you have uploaded your video, or to check we have received it. You can check the OneDrive link to ensure the upload has been successful until you receive our confirmation that your video has been received. We appreciate your patience.

Once we have received your video upload

  • Your link to OneDrive will be deactivated so we can use the secure file to assess your interview. 

  • Your video will be viewed by trained assessors, who will assess your interview in the same way as if you attended in person. 

  • Once we’ve made a decision about your application, we will let you know via phone or email. We will do our best to give you a decision within two working days of your application.

  • Once you have received a decision on your application, your video will be permanently deleted. 

If you encounter problems

If you come across a problem you can’t solve during the interview process, including trouble recording or uploading your file, please contact us at clearinginterviews@sgul.ac.uk. Please include in your email your full name, interview ID, course, and date of interview. 

 

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