What to do if you're invited to interview What to do if you're invited to interview

Applicants who are offered an interview will undertake two interviews and a separate, short test of basic (GCSE level) numeracy and literacy skills. This test is a requirement of the NHS organisation which commissions places on the Programme. Performance on all aspects of the selection process contributes to an offer of place on the Programme.

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 and personal issues.

There are three people on the research interview panel, including Programme staff and clinical supervisors.  The clinical interview is the same but with additional Service User and Carer representation.  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.

Academic Interview

In the academic interview we will examine your understanding of clinical research and you will be asked about how you would contribute to the programmes of research that are carried out by members of the staff team.

Clinical Interview

On the clinical and personal interview panel there will be four people comprising a member of the Programme team, two Clinical Psychologists from the region and Service User and Carer representation. You will be asked questions relating to your own clinical and personal experiences.

At the end of both interviews you will be invited to ask questions you may have about the Programme. Throughout the interview day there will be informal opportunities for you to meet members of staff at lunchtime and current trainees. This will afford you the opportunity to hear about the Programme and allow you to ask questions.

We are currently in the process of revising the content of our interviews. Information about revisions will be added to our webpages in due course. We recommend you review our webpages regularly to remain up-to-date.

Literacy and Numeracy Test

Part of the interview process for the ClinPsyD is completion of a test of basic numeracy and literacy skills i.e. GCSE level. The Programme is required to include this test by the Health Education Authority which commissions 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. 

There are two parts to the test: a numeracy section and a literacy section. You must attempt both parts as each has a separate pass mark, and you must pass both parts to be eligible to be offered a place on the Programme. Calculators are allowed to be used for the numeracy part of the 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. Dictionaries are not allowed to be used for the literacy part of the test.

Please review the example practice paper to give you an idea of the skills being assessed and the level of knowledge needed. Please note that the level of difficulty of the practice questions may not exactly reflect the level of difficulty of the test you will be asked to complete at the interviews. However, we hope this will give you a similar experience in terms of question types and formats.

Documents to Read Prior to interview

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

Overview of School and Programme [PDF]

Additional Information for Applicants [PDF]

Programme Staff [PDF]

Staff Research Interests [PDF]

Research [PDF]

Clinical Experience [PDF]

Information about Clinical Psychology Services in our Region [PDF]

Personal Support [PDF]

Job Description [PDF]

Person Specification [PDF]

NHS Constitution [PDF]

The 6Cs [PDF]

Bases within our 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 their preferences for allocation to a particular base, but we cannot guarantee that successful applicants will receive their preferred base. The preferences expressed do not affect any aspect of the selection process. Further information about bases and a map of the region can be found within the Bases document.


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.

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

ID Declaration Form [Word] - bring with you to the interview

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

Interview Feedback Form [Word] - return after the interview