note: this is still in draft form, but I wanted it out so people could see kind of where I was going with this, and perhaps some recommendations for what should be included
please be cool and add comments in the bottom, or mods- edit away
This article is about practical interview preparation. You can prepare to answer the questions all you like, but if you
a) don’t rock up on time
b) look like a emo punk star
c) fall asleep
Then you are going to compromise your chances of getting in
Here I attempt to summarise some of the practicalities of interviewing
1) I have nothing to wear?!?
– suit pants and loose conservative blouse
– non clinging smart looking dress
– knee length skirt + loose tucked in blouse
– how conservative it is, (you want to be conservative, think nana approval), nana doesn’t approve of cleavage
– collared shirt
– dress pants
– a suit jacket to err on the side of caution
Things to keep in mind when choosing your outfit.
– the weather
Hot weather + stressed med appplicant = sweating, be aware and prepare
– the humidity (read JCU!)
Its disgusting, wear loose fitting clothes! Don’t put yourself in a position where you have to rush air conditioned taxis/buses are your friends
– Guys if you’re showing any “cleavage”…You’re beyond help
2) When should I get there?
Be aware of how long it takes to get from point a to point b. Personally I recommend a 2 hour screw up period for all transportation outside your local city. This additional 2.5 hours allows for
– 30 minutes for the taxi driver to get lost
– 30 minutes for unexpected traffic conditions
– 30 minutes for you to get lost on campus trying to find the room
– 15 minutes for you to bumble around
– 15 minutes for you to calm yourself down again
– For any flights I would add extra time for flight delays. Flights can and do get delayed. Do not think you are immune, the universities won’t.
If you live in the city but are unfamilar with the uni, allow 90 minute screw up period
note;for people flying in, I strongly recommend you arrive the day before, this gives you time to calm down, get familiar with the city/town you are in and find out how to get to the uni stress free.
3) How should I get there?
– research it yourself, don’t rely on us, particularly look at the time in which you are travelling in. Is it peak hour? how can you avoid this? should you give yourself extra time?
SEE: bottom of this thread for specific travel advice
4) Where should I stay?
As close to the university as you can get
Good cheap places to stay are
– the resis on college, cheap, and close to where you will be interviewed. Plus other med applicants are likely to be staying there too (note: not all residences allow short term stay)
– youth hostels. Full of travellers and lovely friendly staff who are happy to point you in the right direction
SEE: bottom of this thread for accommodation recommendations
5) I have multiple interviews same time, what should I do
Space them all out. Go right now, call up the universities and ask to space your interviews out. The universities (with the exception of JCU are generally very sympathetic to these sorts of things and are happy to change dates. Don’t gloat or anything, (you may annoy them), but as a rule you can change if you ask nicely and in advance.
~The day before
– rehearse how you’re going to get there, make sure you have transportation, a map and phone numbers for the medfac in case you’re running late
– get some sleep, aim for 8 hours, do not stay up late
– check the weather conditions, and attempt to make your outfit match them
– reread the invitation letter and check you have everything they want, typically they want a couple types of photo ID, however sometimes thye ask for additional things like passport photos. So you may want to do that running around the day before
– set an alarm
~On the day
– wake up when the alarm goes off
– eat breakfast, something nice which will sustain you
– walk outside- did you choose the right outfit? If unsure take a change of clothes with you
– take the no. of people to contact if you get lost
– take additional money in case your original cheap transportation plan fails
– breathing is fun, do some
– think happy thoughts, you are so close to getting into med now. How cool is it going to be when you get in? You’re going to wow the socks off your interviewers
– get there early- eat something, and have something to eat/drink at a cafe/do some people watching
– chat with some other med applicants, or some current med students, they’ve been recruited to talk you down (don’t annoy them, they’ll make your life miserable. If I hate you, I’m less inclined to help you.)
– don’t worry, everyone has to sign the police check form (shouldn’t be a problem unless you’re dodgy) :p
above all remember that you’re all in the same boat. Everyone is nervous and scared.
~after the interview
– WELL DONE! awesome you survived 🙂
– Now give yourself a pat on the back. Even if you think you’ve screwed it up. Its over and you’re probably just experiencing fatigue (the interview which I cried over to my Mum in the US in an incredibly expensive phonecall, was the first offer I got, likewise some of the most confident kids at the interview I met, I have never seen again…).
– now eat something. I recommend foccacias.
University specific travel info
Charles Sturt University – Orange Campus
Airport – Don’t bother. Too expensive due to the fact they are very small planes. Your looking at $180 one way from Sydney to Orange vice versa. It is better to drive to Orange which is 4 hours from Sydney (12hrs from Brisbane, one long drive for me). You can also catch the coach or train to Orange from Sydney for around $25.
City – From CSU uni campus, you can catch a bus into town. The bus comes 3 times a day. Majority of people car pool to town. Only 5 minutes away.
Places to stay –
On campus accommodation for study
+ Cottages (6k per year)
+ Old Residentials (6k per year)
+ Local Motor Inn
+ New Residentials (8k per year)
University of Adelaide
Airport: There’s a taxi rank from the airport’s bottom (arrivals) level; it costs about $20 one way to the uni. Adelaide’s traffic isn’t bad enough to make this vary by much. It’s a lot cheaper to catch a bus though from the top (departure) level, the J1 or J1A departs from the end of the terminal (all the way to your left as you walk out) and this takes about 20 minutes. Again, Adelaide’s traffic isn’t bad enough to make this vary by much. You’d get off the J1 at the Royal Adelaide Hospital on North Terrace and walk the couple hundred metres down Frome Road (downhill) to get to the medical school.
City: It’s on the northeastern border of the CBD, along North Terrace. There’s a free bus (99C) that goes around the city from 9am to 6pm daily; to get to the medical school, get off at the Royal Adelaide Hospital at North Terrace and walk downhill.
Central Station: Walk east (uphill) along North Terrace until you hit the uni on your left.
There aren’t really many other places to go to Adelaide Uni from that are of significance anyway since Adelaide is a crappy little village.
Places to stay:
Lincoln/Aquinas/St.Marks/St.Anns/Lutheran Colleges, or the University of Adelaide Village, Unihouse or Unilodge are all popular places to stay as a student. All the colleges are located in North Adelaide and the rest in the CBD. Of course, there are city apartments/places outside the city to live.
University of Newcastle
Train: UNCLE is located at the Warabrook train station, although it’s a 10-15 minute walk from the station platform through the campus to get to where the interviews are held.
From Sydney Central station, it’s about 3 hours all the way, and you’ll have to change at Hamilton station in order to get there. From Gosford it’s about 1.5 hours to Hamilton. Once you’re at Hamilton hop off and switch platforms to go the other way away from Newcastle. It’s about a ten minute ride from Hamilton to Warabrook.
Airport: I know Newcastle has an airport, and Jetstar flies to it from Perth, Melbourne, Tassie and most of QLD’s airports via Brisbane. You can also get there from Bali (via Melb) if you’re keen. Someone else may have more info on the airport and travel from to uni.
University of New England
A tad further than most places…
Airport: Probably worth it as long as you’re not booking last minute. Expect to pay around $150 each way for a 1hr15 flight but specials can go as low as $49. Once you’re in the air, the cabin crew will come around and take the ticket stubs of anyone requiring a taxi from the airport. A taxi shouln’t set you back any more than about $15.
Driving: Once you’re used to the drive, you’ll make it here in about 5.5hrs from Sydney’s north shore as long as you go along Bucketts Way through Gloucester. The New England highway will take an extra half hour every time. I believe the trip is similar from Brisbane.
Places to stay: For an interview or as your average student, university college would be the way to go. I’m pretty sure you get a free night of accommodation if you have your interview here. There are plenty of hotels/motels in town if necessary.
Once you’re here, the uni is only 5 mins from the centre of town and buses run from town to campus throughout the day.
University of New South Wales
how to get there
airport: its a 20-30 minutes taxi ride from the airport in NON PEAK times, it should cost you approx 20$, but sometimes on different days this goes up to $30. You can also catch the 400 bus from the airport, it departs fromm the international terminal, it takes approx an hour to get to the uni. Be aware it doesn’t always come on time. I have waited 30+ minutes for it
central: you can catch 895, 891, 393, 395, m50 buses from central. They come fairly frequently except after midnight. Will take 15-30 minutes depending on traffic, you can also catch a 391 but it takes really random route through surrey hills
city: 392, 394, 396, 397, 399 and m10 go to UNSW, just make sure they’re going towards UNSW and not circular quay!
bondi junction: catch a 400
places to stay:
new college, kensington colleges, new village, unsw village, shalom, creston, or youth hostels in the city
University of Western Sydney
Train to Macarthur station: Bleh. Long and you need to change trains.
Car: Car pool (or by yourself) is definitely the best way. Parking isn’t too bad despite all of the moaning. M7 –> M5 –> Narellan Rd –> ??? –> Profit
Campus living: $175 /wk in the new residence and $155 /wk in the old ones. Always stuff going on.