Interview Information


Guidelines for Candidates - RCPI Specialist Training Interviews

Zoom User Manual


 What dates will interviews take place?

All interviews will take place between January 2024 and February 2024. Everyone will be advised via email two weeks prior to their interview of the exact dates.

BST Interview Dates:

BST GIM - last two weeks in January
BST Obstetrics & Gynaecology - First two weeks of February
BST General Paediatrics- mid-February
BST Histopathology - last two weeks of February


 Provisional BST and HST Interview dates:

All dates are provisional and subject to change.


HST/BSTSpecialty ModelDate 
BSTObstetrics & GynaecologyVirtual01/02/2024
HSTHaematology (Shortlisting)Virtual24/11/2023
HSTInfectious Diseases (shortlisting)In Person09/01/2023
HSTPublic Health MedicineIn Person31/01/2023
HSTPublic Health MedicineIn Person01/02/2023
HSTOccupational MedicineIn Person02/02/2023
HSTHistopathologyIn Person
HSTRheumatologyIn Person08/02/2023
HSTPalliative MedicineIn Person09/02/2023
HSTEndocrinology and DMIn person14/02/2023
HSTCardiologyIn Person13/02/2023
HSTRehabilitation MedicineOnline14/02/2023
HSTClinical GeneticIn Person15/02/2023
HSTGeriatricsIn Person16/02/2023
HSTInfectious DiseasesIn Person20/02/2023
HSTDermatologyIn Person21/02/2023
HSTNephrologyIn Person22/02/2023
HSTHaematologyIn Person01/03/2024
HSTRespiratory MedicineIn Person24/02/2023
HSTMedical OncologyIn Person27/02/2023
HSTObstetrics & GynaecologyOnline26/02/2024
HSTClinical Pharmacology (provisional date)Online01/03/2023
HSTNeurologyIn Person
HSTGeneral PaediatricsIn Person07/02/2024
HSTGeneral PaediatricsIn Person08/02/2024
HSTPaediatrics CardiologyIn Person21/02/2024

Do I need to do anything in preparation for interview?

1. Review your application and know it in detail.
 2. Update yourself on the scoring for the interview and where you can gain marks.  


BST - how will my application be scored

HST - Short listing criteria and interview scoring


How long are the interviews for BST and HST?

Interviews last approximately 15 to 20 minutes.


 How many interviewers are on the panel?

There are 2 interviewers on the panels for BST interviews. For HST interviews, there may be approximately 10 panellists and an independent Chair. An RCPI Coordinator will also be present at all interviews.


How much notice of my interview dates will I receive?

You will receive a minimum of two weeks' notice of the exact date and time of your interview.


Will the interviews be in person or online?

Interviews will be held either virtually or in-person for 2024 depending on the speciality. 


Application Verification 


When will I be advised if my BST application has been successful?

Once your application has been verified, you will receive an email confirming that your application has been successful.

There is no shortlisting for BST GIM, so if your application has been verified, you will be offered an interview.

Due to the number of applications received for the other BST programmes, shortlisting may occur as it may not be possible to interview all applicants.


When will I be advised if my HST application has been successful?

If you have been invited to an interview for one of our HST programmes, you will be informed by email in December 2023.  If you have not received your email.  Please review the spam and junk folders of your email.  

Shortlisting takes place for many of the HST programmes due to the number of places available and the level of competition. If you have been shortlisted, you will be informed by email in December 2023.