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ashy

Boo.
Emeritus
Holy wow. Well done season. :O
 

Benjamin

Admin (JCU MBBS)
Emeritus
Don't know how I hadn't seen this yet.. great article.
 

miss_universe

muse.
Emeritus
Replacing swear words...
 

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iUsername

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Many of the failures I've had in my lifetime have been ones which I find really personal. The same goes for influences as I've mostly relied on my own strength and experiences/knowledge to guide me through life and often this is derived from negative experiences.
I'm also a very introverted person when it comes to talking about my emotions so I guess i'd like to know of any experiences during interviews where very personal issues were discussed. How did you know when something was a no-go zone and how'd you come up with something without sacrificing the emotion in your answers?
I'm afraid that if questions about my weaknesses, influences, experiences etc come up, I might end up sounding like a rock or a bit fake because I'll be holding back the things that really affected me.

Cheers.
 

elixir

Regular Member
Like season- I also made a big thing about my school in my UNSW interview. I kind of focused on the kind of values it instilled in me and why i thought those values contributed to the type of Dr I wanted to be. I also focussed on what opportunities i had been given and taken advantage of in school. I was really lucky in that I too was offered an unbonded place at UNSW.
 

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miss_universe

muse.
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This doesn't work for me either.
 

Midge88

New Member
This article is fantastic. Thanks for the interview run-down. Just a query about the end of the interview: I doubt I'll have any questions to ask, but still, I'd like to make a strong final impression. What sort of comments are effective in showing that you really do want a place in Med at the uni? How can you 'sell yourself' one last time?
 

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miss_universe

muse.
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Interesting question. And everyone is different, so it depends entirely on you. Personally, I tried to show another side of my personality. I talked about how much I loved Japanese food. They spent another 5 minutes talking with me about different Japanese food!!!! Really took the edge off the interview (too bad we did it at the end XD)
 

Havox

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This article is fantastic. Thanks for the interview run-down. Just a query about the end of the interview: I doubt I'll have any questions to ask, but still, I'd like to make a strong final impression. What sort of comments are effective in showing that you really do want a place in Med at the uni? How can you 'sell yourself' one last time?
If they ask you whether you have any questions the best thing you can do is say no and thank them for the interview. Why? Because they're only asking for the sake of being polite and there's absolutely nothing that you can ask which isn't going to be either irritating (because you can easily find it on the internet), deeply personal which is impolite or something that they wouldn't be allowed to tell you anyway. Smile, thank them and leave when invited. Don't forget to close the door behind you. With comments, be grateful for the opportunity and talk to the interviewers casually (if you can) or if you don't feel comfortable, leave when invited.
 

Dr Worm

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Interesting question. And everyone is different, so it depends entirely on you. Personally, I tried to show another side of my personality. I talked about how much I loved Japanese food. They spent another 5 minutes talking with me about different Japanese food!!!! Really took the edge off the interview (too bad we did it at the end XD)
Anything that engages the interviewer? I know at one point (clearly had some rapport, already, I thanked the interviewer, and wished them a good day, and asked them something vague, like, if they were nearly done for the day or were there for the next session, which led to a chat about their experience of the interviewing process. We both kept it highly professional, obv. At anouther station, an interviewer had been especially interested in one particular job I'd talked about, .so I asked her about that, if it was a feild she was interested in, etc. Small talk, basically, because it was relevant. You could ask - maybe - one opinion question. Eg. I'm really interested in your rural placement program,. Even though i'm not sure what i want to specialised in....do you think the program effects students perceptions..... If you wanted. I must reiterate, though, the importance of not.asking anything you could Google, and focus on smiling, shaking hands, and taking them, sincery, for their time.

[MENTION=998]Season[/MENTION] : only just seen this, it's terrific.

@ all: seasons advice in the iqt threads made a huge and maybe crucial difference to my interview performance, I Think. I'd suggest you guys use them.
 

miss_universe

muse.
Emeritus
Don't take any of our advice too much literally. Eg If miss_universe says talk about japanese food, I NEED TO TALK ABOUT JAPANESE FOOD. No. Weight up all the possibilities and decide which you think is most appropriate.

And I agree with Dr Worm, it's really nice to have a bit of chit chat before the interview. It relaxes the environment and relaxes you. This is also what you will be doing before seeing patients. Building rapport. It is actually quite a key component of treatment.
 

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