Conducting an OSCAT interview

This page provides information about conducting the interview. It contains the following topics:

Instructions for interviewers

Provide a standard introduction describing the:

  • initiative
  • concept of scenario-based interviewing
  • agreed rules around confidentiality or anonymity.

 A sample introduction script is available here.

The interviewer should then:

  • confirm demographic information required on the scenario template
  • ask the interviewee the scenario questions
  • use the prompt questions to ensure that all sub-elements are properly addressed
  • tailor the prompt questions to the particular example that the interviewee has selected
  • thank the interviewee for their time.

Once the interviewee has left the room, the interviewer should confer with the scribe to agree ratings for each sub-element.

Instructions for scribes

The scribe is responsible for the following tasks:

  • documenting demographic information on the scenario template
  • documenting responses/evidence provided by the interviewee that relate to the performance indicators
  • circling positive or negative indicators as appropriate
  • bringing the interviewer's attention to any areas not fully canvassed or where clarification is needed.

Rating the interview

Use the rating scale in the table to rate each sub-element.

The interviewer and scribe may choose to use half marks where appropriate. The rating must be based on evidence of behaviour during the scenario described.

Rating scale

Rating

Label

Description

-2

Very poor

Extensive negative evidence, no positive evidence

-1

Weak

Considerable negative evidence, little positive evidence

0

Intermediate

Some positive evidence, some negative evidence

+1

Good

Considerable positive evidence, little negative evidence

+2

Outstanding

Extensive positive evidence, no negative evidence

N/A

Not applicable

Not applicable, unable to demonstrate in this scenario

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