Multiple Mini Interview Advice for IntervieweesWatch
1. Communication competence is the main quality of an applicant that cannot be assessed by a personal statement or reference. MMIS involve stations involving roleplay or talking to an interviewer about a statement. For the latter it is simple enough to say that you should be able to coherently talk about everything in that PS. For the roleplay scenarios you may be talking to someone playing one of many roles including: deaf/blind, learning difficulties, foreign, elderly, child, upset friend. You need to be able to act in a very special way that shows how you deal with people like this. Don't have a 'treat everyone the same' attitude', tailor your chat to the person. Here are a few tips on how you can prepare:
-get a job/volunteer requiring you to talk to people such as the elderly or children. practice makes perfect.
-learn to ask open questions instead of closed questions. This is a great tool for eliciting a lot of information quickly and is used in healthcare extensively for questioning patients. I suggest googling this and becoming aware of how to use it.
-if you struggle to come up with a quick coherent answer to questions try practicing doing a 2 minute speech on a topic your friends or parents just decide immediately before you start. A good club for doing this is 'Toastmasters' which is in most cities in the UK. I believe many schools have a similar club. If not, why not ask an english teacher to start one at lunch?
I reiterate this: COMMUNICATION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING BEING ASSESSED AT THE MULTIPLE MINI INTERVIEW!
2. Ethical Reasoning is something some people manage more than others. Should HIV positive patient controlled on a medication be allowed to practice dentistry? Should a homosexual be prevented from giving blood? Should I give money to a homeless man? It is hard to decide on these but my approach worked well in the interview. I used a structured approach to take the interviewer through what I thought the dilemma was, what was involved in my decision making and what my decision was. I believe taking the interviewer through the journey is the best way forward in this. I have found a good link explaining roughly what I did: http://www2.mysanantonio.com/client_...HCTCEU8-10.pdf . Please check it out.
REMEMBER that there is no right or wrong answer in an ethical dilemma. You just have to be able to justify it.
3. Manual dexterity is tsted by some universities. I am not going to say how I was tested but try to think about ways that you as a non-dentist could show your manual dexterity skills in an interview. Google it too. I think all the manual dexterity tests I had are up there on the internet.
Read the instructions at the station and don't be bullied into starting too early. It helps to even clarify with the station assessor if you need to.
Be able to reflect on a mistake or something you have done that you could have done better. This is a big part of CPD when you qualify.
Wear smart clothing and don't try to stand out with a skinny tie or silly gelled hair. You might be a professional dentist one day, act it at the interview!
Arrive early with all your required documents, passport sized photographs and a smile on your face.
Dont' be shy about making yourself sound like the best thing since sliced bread, others won't!
Although amalgam fillings and fluoridation of water are big issues...they are not necessarily the big thing in dentistry at the moment. Keep up to date with information on dental sites. Start in places like http://www.gdc-uk.org and see how you get on. I am fascinated by air abrasion technology myself!
Most of all relax and enjoy the interview as most people wil tell you it is quite pleasant. I you can get out without talking to anyone then do!
Best of luck applicants!
Communication - you'll meet lots of interviewers, never forget the simple polite gestures such as hand shakes etc, this is protocol in a standard interview but by the 9th mini interview you may forget, I think it's really important to make a good first impression. Every interviewer will be marking you on the specified task at each station, but you will also be judged on communication and the ever loved 'professionalism'. Always ensure you speak coherently like Firepoint said, remember to smile as well, you are in a formal situation but ultimately the interviewer will be thinking, would I want this person to treat my mother? Make sure the answer is yes, if you get something wrong and they pull you up on it, stay calm, apologise and take the appropriate action, the interviewer knows you will be nervous and may get it wrong!
Attributes - what will help you here is a variety of experience, teamwork, leadership, community contributions and also very importantly leisure hobbies! Make sure you don't do things for the sake of doing them, interviewers love it when you can talk passionately about something. Think of specific situations within each activity which is a direct representation of the skill being assessed.
Work experience - in MMI the question is likely to be very ambiguous, instead of requiring lots of prompts your answer to a question involving work experience (unless it's a directly closed question) should cover a lot of ground; what did you see (mention attributes in the team), what did you like, what surprised you, what you didn't like and anything interesting you saw.
Role play - seems scary, really isn't! Be yourself, looking back I was probably a little nervous, but got into it in the end, literally speak to them like your friend but in a professional manner, dentists do make jokes and as long as they are appropriate there is no reason why you cannot include one if you read the situation as appropriate to do so! They want to see you are human and can communicate well, so eye contact, coherent speaking and listening are important, don't answer what you want to answer, answer what is asked, this can be really fun so enjoy it!
Ethics - always show both sides of the argument but make sure you clearly stand on one side of the fence, a good argument has your point introduced at the beginning and justified upon, you should include a counter argument but then prove how your argument in your view is better and conclude. People tend to want to show both sides as it is a good skill, but not settle on one side, a good argument is a clear argument. You cannot usually be wrong in an ethical scenario, however your answer should reflect obligations dentists have as set out by the GDC - Fitness to Practise, recommended reading! When giving your argument some interviewers may act surprised, this is fine (as long as what you are saying isn't weird or unprofessional), they are testing you, stand a firm ground, as long as you are being professional and considering both sides before reaching your judgement, there is nothing to worry about. In terms of ethical scenarios it's hard to give advice as scenarios can be so different, but think about everyone's interests, the wider dental team is so important, many people concentrate on just dentist and the patient, think about the nurse, practice staff, hygienist, technician, the rest of your patients and how dentists are viewed as a group.
MMI interviews usually take a lot longer than a traditional interview, this can be good and bad, good as you go around you become more relaxed and are able to get rid of initial nerves, but bad because of the risk of becoming complacent! Honestly it will be one of the quickest hours you will ever remember and be over in a tick!
Key points to remember are communication and presentation; speak coherently, look people in the eye, dress smart, sophisticated and professionally, and Smile! You have to prove people can trust you and confide in you, you need to be welcoming!
Professionalism is another key aspect, a good read of the GDC - Fitness to Practise (http://www.gdc-uk.org/Newsandpublica...als.pdf) I would recommend reading this!
All the best for anyone with MMI interviews, in my opinion they are by far the most objective, fairer and most enjoyable interview you can take part in!
You are working alone in a convenience store as a cashier late at night. An older man comes in and buys a coffee. He is staggering, seems disoriented, and you smell alcohol on his breath. On the way out, he bumps into a shelf and knocks some cereal boxes off. He tries to put the boxes back, but cannot manage this task. What actions might you take in this situation? Provide reasons for your responses.
You are on holiday at a Mexican beach resort with some friends who are staying one floor down from you. In the middle of the night, a large earthquake takes place, and the building you are in is severely damaged. You have injured your leg, suspect it might be fractured, and you hear someone yelling for help near by. What would you do?
I hope these are of help to anyone who needs them!
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