At the selection event, a presentation panel and an interview panel will offer an opportunity to demonstrate competence in oral communication skills, self awareness and openness to learning, personal maturity, warmth and empathy, resilience, professional skills, motivation and application, contextual awareness, problem solving and decision making and a commitment to fairness and inclusivity. These competencies were established as important to success as a trainee clinical psychologist by a job analysis exercise in 2011. Ratings of all the competencies above will contribute equally to the candidate's score. The person specification may also be helpful to applicants.
The panels for the two meetings during the selection event will consist of at least three people. They will normally comprise a current 2nd or 3rd year trainee, a member of the programme staff, a local clinical psychologist, and a member of our public involement group. Current trainees will be available throughout the day, providing an opportunity for questions, informal de-briefing and support. As part of our quality assurance processes there may be an observer present during your interview/presentation.
The presentation panel meeting comprises a prepared presentation and a problem solving task. The prepared presentation is on the subject of ‘how I developed the personal maturity and self awareness to prepare me for clinical psychology training’ and lasts 10 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of questions from the panel. The problem solving task is not prepared beforehand. The candidate is asked to read a paragraph describing a dilemma. They then prepare one acetate slide to describe their proposed solution and present this solution to the panel. This section takes a total of 15 minutes.
The interview panel comprises an interview and a clinical simulation. The interview requires the candidate to describe prior experiences and behaviour to demonstrate their competence. It lasts 25 minutes. The clinical simulation is based on the candidate's reactions to a short video of people struggling with a common issue. The video is shown in the interview room and the candidate is asked about their understanding of what is important to the people in the film clip and any personal reaction to them. This activity does not draw on clinical experience. It lasts a total of 15 minutes.
The activities at the selection event will include a short supervised mental ability test. More information on the format of this activity and example questions are available here. The results of this test will contribute to the candidate's overall score.
The results of the written task undertaken on 13th February will not be taken into account at this stage.
Example Problem Solving Task
You can download our example task here.
Example General Mental Ability Questions
You can find out more about the general mental ability test and get example questions on our explanatory page.
Example Film Clip
Verbal feedback will be available to all interview candidates at a later date, to be arranged during the selection day.