Anaesthetic Interview Portfolio Station
The portfolio station lasts 20 minutes, the first 10 of which will be spent confirming your application self-assessment questions. Before you enter the portfolio station, the assessors will have spent 10 minutes reading through your portfolio and validating the questions from your application form.
There are no set questions asked by interviewers rather questions will centre around the contents of your portfolio and the completed checklist.
The Portfolio station is designed to assess past achievements, commitment to specialty and career progression to date. 10 minutes of the station time will be used to confirm your self-assessment score. You will therefore be expected to have evidence to show for each of the self-scoring domains. Failure to supply suitable evidence to fully support the score awarded will result in your score being reduced.
The second half of the portfolio station will be used to explore areas of your portfolio in more detail. In particular, assessment will be made on evidence of reflective practice, your commitment/insight into Anaesthetics and your commitment to the training programme/UoA you are applying for. Achievements and interests outside of medicine will also be taken into account.
Interviewers have only 10 minutes in which to scan through your CV and Portfolio. Having a well-prepared, clearly structured Portfolio in which items can be quickly located will help you score marks and make life easy for the interviewers.
Invest in a nice faux-leather A4 binder, plastic wallets and dividers in which to build your portfolio
Construct a contents page that mirrors your CV and add sub-contents pages at the beginning of each section to make it easy for the interviewers to find your documents
Know your Portfolio inside-out and make sure that you can direct interviewers to important publications and evidence quickly
Spend time re-reading old audits, presentations and publications. Anything included in your Portfolio may be discussed by the interviewers and it is important that you can recall data and results from projects you undertook several years previously
Try to keep your portfolio concise with only evidence that will score points included. Having a large binder may look impressive but it can make things difficult to find for the interviewers
Be honest with everything on the portfolio checklist and make sure you have included sufficient evidence to back it up
Think about what your key selling points are and what makes you stand out and focus on these attributes