Clinical Mock 7 – updated for 2024

Candidate Instructions

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.

Clinical Vignette

You are the SHO in the Emergency Department. You are asked to see a 28 year old man who has presented with dizziness. He is otherwise fit and well. The triage nurse asks you to review him in the triage bay urgently because his observations are abnormal.

His observations are:
HR 180bpm
BP 90/62
SpO2 99% on room air

RR 31bpm
Temp 36.8C

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:

  1. Decision-making
  2. Team-working
  3. Working under pressure
  4. Global rating

 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 5 minutes on each of the three 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

Examiner Feedback

Decision making Team working Working under pressure Global rating

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?

Don’t be afraid to give honest feedback! 

It can be tempting to give generic positive feedback to your partner, e.g. ‘that was really good, I wouldn’t change anything’ .  Both of you will benefit from constructive criticism. Think of any way your partner may be able to improve. Reciprocal constructive feedback is the key.



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