Registrars cannot preference a practice unless they have attended an interview. It will be determined closer to the placement opening date if interviews are held virtually or face-to-face.
Make sure to discuss terms and conditions at the interview; employment contracts must meet the NTCER and MCCC requirements which suggests both the registrar and practice discuss the requirements of the position eg after-hours work, on-call etc.
Registrars must ensure they have scheduled sufficient interviews to submit three genuine practice preferences. All scheduled interviews must be completed before preferences are submitted. Practices reserve time out of their busy day for these interviews – not attending or cancelling at short notice is unprofessional.
Placements are completed by MCCC and consider many factors (see allocation information on page 6).
The GPRA website has resources and information videos relating to interviews, practice applications and the NTCER that you may find helpful prior to applying to practices or attending interviews.