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ST3 Orthopaedic Mock Interview Course

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ST3 Orthopaedic Mock InterviewsJanuary-March, Online

Here at ST3 Ortho Interview we understand that the best way to succeed at ST3 interview is with early, realistic practise.

Our ST3 Orthopaedic Interview Course is designed to simulate the interview experience and offer feedback and insider tips to help you gain not just a national training number but also your 1st choice job. We coach the highest ranking candidates each year and they return to teach on our course.

In 2021 the switch to online interviews means it will be even more challenging to differentiate yourself from peers and rather than weighted scoring across multiple stations a single interview is more inline with pre-national selection interviews where a single error in technique or knowledge could be costly.

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Our ST3 Orthopaedic Mock Interview Course is a focused, one-day course that simulates the real interviews with realistic interview stations and immediate feedback.
Participants rotate in groups of 3 so that you learn both from tutors and your peers. Actors are used to make the Interactive stations as real as possible and technical skills kit is present to test your practical skills under pressure.

Our courses regularly sell out within 7-14 days so please book early to avoid disappointment.

For the ST3 orthopaedic interviews 2021 interviews will be conducted online through a single online interview. To accommodate this our mock interviews in 2021 will consist of mock online video interviews right up to the interview date to ensure you are prepared.

You will receive 2 mock interviews between December and March prior to the real interviews. Online mock interviews will consist of interview questions matching those on the day together with immediate feedback and follow up feedback following further analysis by our team of communication experts.

  • ST3 Orthopaedic Mock Interviews
    Jan-March 2021
  • £597 £467
  • Attended by the highest scoring candidates each year our feedback and results speak for themselves
  • Test your knowldge under pressure with our mock online interviews.
  • Save £130

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ST3 Orthopaedic Mock Interview Course Programme

Our ST3 Orthopaedic Mock Interview Courses are held in December and February to give you plenty of time to act on feedback, improve your portfolio and enhance your interview technique. The course is designed to put you under pressure and simulate the real interviews as accurately as possible while enabling you to compare yourself with other candidates and get as much exposure to interview technique as possible. Typically the highest scoring candidates attend both the knowledge and mock interview courses to give a complete understanding of the interview process.

For 2021 our ST3 Orthopaedic Mock Interview Course will consist of 2 online mock interviews held between set dates before the interview week in March 2021 to give you plenty of time to act on feedback, improve your knowledge and enhance your interview technique. The mock interviews are designed to put you under pressure and simulate the real interviews as accurately as possible while enabling you to compare yourself with other candidates and get as much exposure to interview technique as possible.

Mock Orthopaedic Interviews

Portfolio, Interactive, Clinical, Presentation and technical Skills stations
Feedback from SpRs and peers
Practise technical skills under pressure
Prepare a presentation
Unique scenarios covering common topics
Actors and communication skills tutors
Groups of 3-4 to maximise questions covered
Pre-Course CV Analysis
Personalised feedback to highlight areas for improvement
Top tips from last year's successful candidates
A brasserie lunch and refreshments together with free high-speed Wi-Fi and pens, pads and sweets will keep you going throughout the day.

x2 full mock interviews
30 minute mocks
Feedback from SpRs and peers
Group interviews
Further feedback from communication tutors and online interview experts
Practise online interview skills under pressure
Unique scenarios covering common topics
Pre-Course CV Analysis
Personalised feedback to highlight areas for improvement
Top tips from last year's successful candidates
Recorded copy of your interviews

ST3 Mock Orthopaedic Interview Programme

Our ST3 Orthopaedic Mock Interviews simulate the real interviews and just like in real life you will need to book in an interview slot during the mock interview weeks and then attend a 30-minute mock interview with interviewers quizzing you across clinical knowledge and your CV.

Interview weeks will be held in January, February and March. After sign-up you will receive details on how to book in for your interview slots.

Unlike the real interview instant feedback will be provided to you by our interview coaches and SpRs for 30-minutes after each mock interview enabling you to get personalised 1-1 feedback. In addition your recorded interview will be analysed by our extended coaching team who will breakdown your interview across technique and knowledge. You will also have access to your recorded interviews for self-reflection afterwards.

  • 2hr30 Interview 1

    Baseline Analysis

    The initial mock interview will be a group interview and will cover a mix of clinical and portfolio questions as will be asked at the real interviews. Following this you will receive a score, instant feedback and then follow-up feedback with a personal improvement plan.

  • 30mins Interview 2

    Inner Technique

    The final session will be held closer to the interview dates and will focus on optimisation of technique and reducing nerves.

See What Our Past Course Attendees Thought

We reviewed over 5000 ST3 orthopaedic CVs and applications, interviewed over 2000 successful candidates and always love hearing how the candidates that we have coached have not only got a job but have secured their top ranked job in their hospital and city of choice for core surgical training.

The Venue

Since 2013 candidates from all around the UK and abroad have been coming to Bristol for our courses. Not only is Bristol a fantastic city and venue the process of travelling helps to further simulate the actual interview process.

Our ST3 Ortho Mock Interview Course is held in the scenic Engineers' House, Clifton Village, Bristol. Engineers' House is located near to Clifton Suspension Bridge and is a 10 minutes taxi ride or 20 minute bus ride from Bristol Temple Meads station.

The venue is a 2 minute walk from Clifton Village where you will find an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants and boutiques as well as useful high street shops.

Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Observatory and the famous Clifton downs are all within 3 minutes walk of Engineers House and a perfect place to escape to at the end of the ST3 Orthopaedic Interview course.

Key Venue Info

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Getting To The ST3 Ortho Interview Knowledge Course

The nearest train station is Bristol Temple Meads, a 10 minute taxi journey from Engineers’ House. Get the bus for £1.50 (see below) from the station to Clifton Village.

Taxi ranks can be found at the train station. When leaving Engineers’ House the on site team can book one for you. We advise booking ahead to avoid waiting when you depart.

The number 8 and 9 buses stop directly outside Engineer’s House every 10 minutes and depart from the city centre and Bristol Temple Meads train station.


  • 1. How much does the course cost?
    ST3 Ortho Interview Course costs £597 £467 for the day at a reduced promotional price.
  • 2. Who can attend?
    Anyone wishing to apply to ST3 T&O specialty training. This includes CT1/2 trainees, LATS and LASs.
  • 3. I am a CT1. Can I still attend?
    Yes. CT1s have the added bonus of an extra year in which to act on feedback and improve their portfolios and interview technique.
  • 4. Where is the course held?
    The ST3 Ortho Mock Interview Course is held at the scenic Engineers' House Clifton Village, Bristol.
    The ST3 Ortho Mock Interview Course will be held online across 2 mock interviews for 2021.
  • 5. How many places are there?
    To provide personalised feedback and maximise the time each participant has at each station only 24 places are available on the course. It is important to sign up early to avoid disappointment. The courses are extremely popular.
  • 6. What should I wear?
    The course simulates the real interview and participants should dress as such. Suits for men and smart attire for women.
  • 7. Do I need to prepare before attending?
    Although it is not necessary to prepare for the mocks, the more you put in the more you will get out. Ensuring that you know the management of common orthopaedic emergencies and are familiar with your portfolio is a good start. The free materials and reading list found on this website should suffice.

    You will also be asked to complete a short self-assessment questionnaire and send this together with your CV to us ahead of time to facilitate feedback on the portfolio station
  • 8. What is the best way to prepare for online orthopaedic interviews?
    As with in-person interviews realistic practise is key. For online interviews this is even more important to help you differentiate yourself on the day.
  • 9. Are there any discounts available?
    Yes. For candidates attending both Knowledge Course and Mock Interviews a discounted rate is available.
  • 10. Are there any extras or bonuses?
    Prior to attending the course you will be asked to complete a short summary sheet similar to the self-assessment questions appearing in the ST3 online application. By analysing this together with your CV ahead of time interviewers at the portfolio station will be able to more accurately provide personalised feedback while ensuring that the station runs to time.
  • 11. What is the success rate of candidates from previous courses?
    The OI Mock interview course is the most successful and popular in the UK. In 2018 8 of the top 10 candidates attended. We are delighted that of the 32 candidates who attended both our knowledge and interview courses in 2016 91% secured posts within their chosen deanery. 86% of candidates even managed to secure a post in their top 5 deanery-ranked hospitals. Overall 96.4% secured a national training number.
  • 12. What is the format of the online mock interviews?
    The online interviews are delivered in groups with a single person receiving a 1-1 interview from interviewers with personalised feedback while other candidates have mics muted. This gives you maximum exposure to questions and a realistic experience of answering questions under pressure.
  • 13. I want to ask something else
    Drop us a message via the website contact form and we’ll assist as best we can both pre and post-registration.
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