Virtual interview overview Dental Core Training (DCT) virtual interviews

All interviews are remote and held using Microsoft Teams.

Virtual interview process 

The interview provides each applicant with opportunities to demonstrate some of the criteria outlined in the person specifications. The criteria assessed at interview are: 

  • professionalism 
  • clinical knowledge and expertise 
  • teamwork and leadership 
  • organisation, planning, and problem solving 
  • communication skills 
  • critical thinking, appraisal and decision making 
  • empathy and sensitivity 
  • commitment to learning and personal development 

Please refer to the person specifications on COPDEND for more information about these. 

The interview will consist of a Clinical Scenario, and a Clinical Governance, Quality Improvement and Professional Skills Scenario.

The panel will consist of 2 trained panellists, who will assess your answers using an agreed national scoring framework with positive and negative indicators.

Scenarios will have been constructed by subject matter experts and will have been validated for relevance, difficulty, and consistency by independent scrutineers, including current Dental Core trainees. 

Reasonable adjustments

If you have a disability which requires any specific arrangements or adjustments to enable you to attend and/or complete the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and/or interview, you must:

  • answer "yes" to the relevant question on the application form
  • provide details
  • upload your supporting evidence

If your medical evidence is more than 6 months old, and you are not applying for reasonable adjustments on the basis of a long-term condition, you may be asked to provide further information.

The DCTNRO will be unable to review your request if supporting evidence is not uploaded with your application by Tuesday 8 February 2022.

The automated Application Submission email sent through your Oriel account advises that you should contact the DCTNRO before the application closing date with regards to this.

However, if you have provided details on your application form and uploaded the required evidence, there is no need to contact the DCTNRO and your evidence will be checked after applications close in relation to your requested SJT and/or interview adjustments.

Page last reviewed: 7 December 2021

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