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What to do if you’re Invited to Interview


The interviews will take place at the UEA campus. There will be two interviews: one addressing academic and research topics and the other concerned with clinical issues and a short numeracy test. Performance on all aspects of the selection process contributes to an offer of place on the Programme.

All interviews are conducted using the same script; this helps with equal opportunities and is used to help interviewers rate each applicant in relation to a person specification.

Throughout the interview day there will be informal opportunities for you to meet members of staff and current trainees. This will afford you the opportunity to hear about the Programme and allow you to ask questions.

All candidates must bring with them original documentation and a photocopy of each document that provides proof of their identity and their home address.  The photocopies of the documentation will be verified against the original and kept by the University.

Academic Interview

The Academic Interview panel will consist of a member of Academic staff at UEA and two Clinical Psychologists from the region, one of whom will be the Chair who will also be a member of your Clinical Interview panel.

The Academic Interview is designed to assess your potential to study at Doctoral level on a Postgraduate Research Degree and will address academic and research areas.

For applicants interviewed in 2020, it is likely the Academic Interview may include the following components:

  • A discussion of your research competence and skills based upon your clinical and research experience to date.
  • An assessment of your critical appraisal skills based on a specific piece of research.
  • An evaluation of your knowledge of research design, statistics and methodology.

At the end of the interview you will have the opportunity to ask the panel questions you may have about the Academic and Research elements of the Programme.

Clinical Interview

The Clinical Interview panel will consist of a member of the Programme team, two Clinical Psychologists from the region and a service user/carer.

For applicants interviewed in 2020, it is likely the Clinical Interview may include the following components:

  • A clinical video based question.  We will show you a brief excerpt of a video recording of a client presenting within a clinical session.  We will ask you some questions around this to demonstrate clinical skills.
  • A short role play.  This will involve a scenario in which you will role play the first stages of an initial assessment session.  The client in the role play will be presenting with a common primary-care presentation.  We will not give you additional material (e.g. a written vignette) in advance of the role play, nor additional preparation time.  We will be assessing both your interpersonal effectiveness, and your ability to effectively gain information relevant to a formulation.  We do not expect a perfect performance, and are conscious that the duration of this short role play will limit ability to develop a formulation.

At the end of both interviews you will be invited to ask questions you may have about the Programme. We may update this page with more information closer to the time of the interviews. We recommend you review our webpages regularly to remain up-to-date.

The Literacy and Numeracy Test

Part of the selection process is completion of a test of basic numeracy and literacy skills. The Programme is required to include this test by the commissioners for the Programme.  The test is a part of the overall selection process and meeting the required pass mark is part of the final decision making process.  Calculators are allowed to be used for this test and will be provided by the Programme prior to the test, as the University has regulations guiding the use of specific types of calculators.  You must pass this test to be eligible for a place on the programme.

For candidates applying for 2020 entry, completion of a test of basic numeracy and literacy skills will take place on the day of the interview. The combined test will take 45 minutes. We recommend candidates spend 15 minutes on the literacy part of the test and 30 minutes on the numeracy part of the test. Both parts of the test have to be passed in order for an offer of a place on the programme to be made. The pass mark is 50%.

For reference, last year’s numeracy test is available to candidates to give you an idea of the skills being assessed and the level of knowledge needed. However, please note the test does change each year in response to feedback from previous applicants, as well as to ensure the test assesses contemporary skills, and we expect to revise the test for 2020. You should expect the test to assess aspects of critical reasoning, basic data analysis (including reading and interpreting data from tables and graphs), and basic mathematical skills including percentages, fractions and probability.

Recommended Reading

We ask all those invited to interview to familiarise themselves with the documents below which provide further details about the course.

Programme Handbook [PDF]

Programme Staff [PDF]

Staff Research Interests [PDF]

Research [PDF]

Trainee Research Conference Booklet [PDF]

Clinical Experience [PDF]

BPS Formulation Guidance [PDF] - external link

Information about Clinical Psychology Services in our Region [PDF]

Job Description [PDF]

NHS Constitution [PDF]

The 6Cs [PDF]

Allocation of Bases Within the Region

We cover a large geographical area, and each successful applicant will be allocated a base.  Applicants who are offered an interview are asked to indicate which locations would be difficult and give reasons e.g. child care etc., but we cannot guarantee that successful applicants will receive their preferred base. The preferences expressed do not affect any aspect of the selection process.

Please note that the bases are a 50km radius surrounding the named central point, not a specific location. Further information about bases and a map of the region can be found within the Bases document and the areas that the bases cover are illustrated in the Base Areas document. Please review these documents carefully and consider them when making your indication of preference. 

Forms to Complete

Please complete the below forms and return them at the points in the process that have been indicated.

Criminal Record Form [Word] - return prior to interview

References Form [Word] - return prior to interview

Base Preference Form [Word] - bring with you to the interview

Interview Feedback Form [Word] - return after the interview (either on the day or send in after)