Top Tips for Grid Interviews

Questions for grid interview


1.Why should we pick you?

2.Tell me about yourself

3.Why your chosen speciality?

4.What commitment have you shown to the speciality to date?

5.What are the challenges for the speciality currently?

6.What are the challenges for the specialty in the future?

7.Tell me about a time when you’ve made a mistake?

8.Tell me about the 3 patients you have learnt the most from?

9.How do you know you are a good teacher?

10.What makes a good teacher?

11.What makes a good leader?

12.Tell me about someone you regard as a good leader?

13.Is it necessary for a subspecialist to have done research?

14.What do you see your role in research in the future?

15.How would you manage a difficult colleague?

16.Tell me about a time you made a mistake.

17.Tell me about a recent journal article you have read.

18.How would you manage a patient with intestinal failure/liver failure/something else that is speciality specific?

19.What will you do if there are no jobs when you come to end of training?

20.What will you do if you don’t get appointed today?


Hints and tips

  • No answer should be longer than 3 minutes

  • For questions 1 and 2 use the CAMP acronym to answer (Clinical, Academic, Managerial, Personal) – don’t give a chronology – start with most interesting bits first – no one cares where you did F1/2 or medical school…

  • For every answer give an actual example of something you have been involved in, what you learnt from it and how you would do something different next time

  • Make sure you end the answers – don’t just trail off

  • Make sure you know your CV and make a list of things you want to shoe-horn into the answers and make sure you get them all in on the day

  • Don’t give theoretical answers – always try and relate back to things you have actually done

  • Practise out loud (with someone else)

  • Read any relevant new research/commissioning documents on your speciality

  • Make sure you look in depth at the CSAC pages for your speciality

  • Look at the society website for new position statements etc.

  • You are likely to get asked about things that are in the press (at the moment the junior doctors contract etc.. so have an opinion about it and base it on something – know the RCPCH statement for example)

  • Be smiley and professional. Look at all the panel members in the eye.

  • Don’t be afraid to pause before answering your question so you gather your thoughts

  • Speak slowly and clearly

  • Remember you have to have the self belief that you deserve the job and are an asset to the speciality because if you don’t believe it, neither will the panel.

If you’re not quite sure and thinking about applying next year, read our thoughts on To Grid or Not to Grid

Dr Lisa Whyte, Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Birmingham Childrens Hospital