The Selection Event
- Arriving for your interview
- Interview panels
- Activities during the interview
- Examples of activities
- Second General Mental Ability test
- Support for individuals with a disability
- Interview feedback
- Referees and references
- DBS check
Candidates will be notified of the outcome of screening around mid-March. All those moving on to the next stage of the selection process, including those declaring a disability and reaching our minimum standard, will be invited to our selection event at Lancaster University between the following dates.
Selection event dates: Tuesday 15th - Thursday 17th May 2018
The selection event offers an opportunity to demonstrate competence in: -
- Oral communication skills
- Self awareness and openness to learning
- Personal maturity
- Warmth and empathy
- Professional skills
- Motivation and application
- Contextual awareness
- Problem solving and decision making
- Commitment to fairness and inclusivity
Arriving for your interview
The time slot for your interview is fixed and cannot be rearranged (unless you have specific support arrangements). On arrival you will have an opportunity to meet informally with one or two of our current trainees and colleagues from the Learning Together Group. Current trainees will be available throughout the day, providing an opportunity for questions, informal de-briefing and support.
Your interview and related tasks will last up to 90 minutes. The panel members will comprise representatives from the following groups: -
- Member(s) of the programme staff team
- Local clinical psychologist(s)
- Local service user(s)
- A member of the Learning Together Group, a social enterprise which builds awareness of disability and equality
- Current trainee(s)
Activities during the panel meeting
There will be 4 activities with your panel as follows: -
- A 25 minute interview. The panel will collect evidence relevant to the competencies listed above by asking questions beginning 'can you tell us about a time when you...?' The panel will not have read your application form so do not assume they have prior knowledge of your experiences.
- A 15 minute video discussion task. A short video of a group of people struggling with a common issue is shown during the meeting. The issue may have some personal relevance for you. The panel will then ask you questions about your understanding of what is happening between the people in the clip. Selectors will not rate your clinical skills or theoretical knowledge but are listening for your human reaction to the interpersonal issue.
- A 5 minute role play. A member of the panel will join you for a role play of a challenging social situation. This is not an assessment of your clinical skill but of your social skills. A short description of the situation to be role played will be provided when you arrive so please allow yourself time to read and digest it before the meeting.
- A 10 minute 'Tower Task'. This involves building a tower from everyday materials (e.g. A4 paper, sellotape) with a member of the panel and working out how many items were used in its construction.
Examples of activities
Example video discussion task
Example role play
Second General Mental Ability test
Following the interview days, we will ask all candidates who are offered a place on the programme to return to the university to complete the screening tests under supervised conditions. All offers are conditional on achieving satisfactory scores in the supervised tests.
Support for individuals with a disability
If you have specific support, ICT or access requirements please contact the programme office urgently on 01524 592970, if you have not already done so, in order for us to make any necessary arrangements.
Feedback on your performance will be available at a later date. You will be given details of how to gain feedback on the day of your interview. Please do not telephone the programme office for this information.
Referees and references
You will receive an email from us requesting you to submit details for your referees and this will need to be completed ahead of your interview slot. Please see our references FAQ page for common queries about references.
Applicants are required to provide the programme with two satisfactory written references after a verbal offer is made.
- One of your referees should be from a current employer
- For applicants who have less than three months experience in their current job, details for their previous employer should also be provided
- For applicants who are currently unemployed, details for their most recent employer should be provided
- For applicants who are students, details for their relevant tutor should be provided
- Reference requests will only be sent to your named referees in the event that you are offered a place on the programme
- It is the responsibility of the applicant to chase the return of references
In order that the programme is able to acquire a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS - formerly known as CRB) for those applicants offered places on the programme, it is essential that you bring with you as many of the following forms of identification as possible (the more information that is supplied, the quicker the information can be processed by the DBS office. Only originals can be used). An official DBS form will be sent for you to complete within the next three weeks. Please bring the completed form with you to interview, along with at least: -
ROUTE 1: One form of identification from Group 1 and two further documents from Group 1, 2a or 2b
ROUTE 2: One document from Group 2a and two further documents from Group 2a or 2b.
Non-EEA nationals MUST use route 1. Please note that all documents must be in your current name. At least one document must show details of your current address and at least one document must show your date of birth.
Group 1 - Primary identify documents
- Current valid passport (All countries)
- Biometric Residence Permit (UK only)
- Current Driving Licence (UK, Isle of man, Channel Islands and EU)
- Birth Certificate issued at time of birth; Full or short form acceptable including those issued by UK authorities overseas, such as Embassies, High Commissions and HM Forces (UK and Channel Islands)
- Adoption certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
Group 2a - Trusted Government/State Issued Documents
- Current Driving licence; a photo card is only valid if the individual presents it with the associated counterpart licence (All countries)
- Birth Certificate - issued after time of birth (UK and Channel Islands)
- Marriage / Civil Partnership Certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
- HM Forces ID Card (UK only)
- Fire Arms Licence (UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands)
Group 2b - Financial/Social History Documents
- Mortgage Statement (UK or EEA)**
- Bank / Building Society Statement (UK, Channel Islands or EEA)*
- Credit Card Statement (UK or EEA)*
- Financial Statement - e.g. pension or endowment (UK)**
- P45/P60 Statement (UK and Channel lslands)**
- Council Tax Statement (UK and Channel Islands)**
- Work Permit / Visa (UK Residence Permit)**
- Utility Bill * - Not Mobile Telephone (UK only)
- Benefit Statement* - e.g. Child Allowance, Pension (UK)
- A document from Central / Local Government / Government Agency / Local Authority giving entitlement* e.g. from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, Customs and Revenue, Job Centre, Job Centre Plus, Social Security (UK and Channel Islands)
- EU National ID Card
- Cards carrying the PASS accreditation logo (UK and Channel Islands)
** it should be issued within the past 12 months
NB: All documents will be returned to you on the day
For those applicants who are not offered a place on the programme, all information gained for DBS clearance will be destroyed. If you have any queries regarding the DBS check please contact the programme office.
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