Clinical interview Mocks

Instructions for the Clinical Station

This is your Clinical Interview. You have 2 minutes to read the following clinical vignette. After this, you will be allocated 15 minutes for your clinical interview.

Candidate Instructions

You are the surgical SHO on-call. You are asked to review a 37y/o man in the emergency department (ED). This is his third presentation to ED in three days. He is a known alcoholic and IV-drug user, and presents to this department most weeks with various pains and aches demanding IV morphine. Today, he is rude to staff, complaining of severe abdominal pain and claims to be allergic to paracetamol and NSAIDs. He is demanding IV morphine. The ED registrar is extremely busy and has asked for a quick surgical review so that he can discharge this patient as soon as possible.

His observations are:
HR 125bpm
BP 142/90
SpO2 96% on room air
RR 28bpm
Temp 37.2C

Examiner Instructions

Examiner instructions:
This mock contains more questions than you will be able to go through in a 15-minute interview. This is reflective of the real interview where interviewers are given an option of a few questions they can ask the candidates in the 15-minute time frame. Questions in red are mandatory.

You should choose a range of questions over the course of the 15 minutes that will enable you to assess the candidate on the following four domains: decision-making, team-working, working under pressure, and reflective practice.

 It is your duty to keep track of time so that you are able to ask a reasonable spread of questions that allow the candidate the opportunity to score points in all four domains. Aim to spend about 3.5 minutes on each of the four assessed domains.

 You can only ask the questions verbatim, as they are written. You may repeat the question if the candidate seeks clarification. For the ABCDE assessments, you may confirm findings with the candidate (for example: yes, the airway is patent. Or ‘there are no added breath sounds to auscultation).

Mandatory question at start of interview:

“Have you read and do you understand the clinical vignette?”

Proceed to interview once candidate has confirmed this.

Decision Making

Answer Frameworks

Team Working

Answer Frameworks

Working Under Pressure

Answer Frameworks

Reflective Practice

Answer Frameworks

Examiner Feedback

Decision making Team working Working under pressure Reflective practice

Scoring system:
1 = unsatisfactory
2 = weak

3 = typical

4 = very good

5 = outstanding


See a guide to the scoring matrix section of this question bank.


Feedback Prompts

1. What domains did the candidate give very good or outstanding answers for?

2. What domains do you think the candidate could work on?
3. Please provide feedback on the candidate’s style of interview. Consider their eye contact, body language, pace and clarity of speech. Do they have any tics, habits, or quirks that do not come across well in their interview?



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