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Free medical interview answers - Communication and Starter Questions

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Information on this website bears no affiliation with any medical school or university. Content displayed is entirely the personal view of its creators.

Information on this website is applicable to ALL job interviews but will be targeted towards that of the medical profession in the UK (eg ST interviews, GP interviews) and medical school interviews (catered more to the UK, but applicable internationally)

This interview information website will contain FREE CONTENT gained through years of experience and we believe no other website contains such a mix of techniques and views on how to succeed at interviews.

After years of having our own medical interview course, we feel we are able to now provide the course content for free to aid as many potential candidates as possible.

There is little guidance on what is expected at medical interviews and lots of books sold about this and lots of courses on what to expect. We believe that the basic theory can be obtained for free from our site.

WHAT DO THE INTERVIEWERS WANT?

We believe this is the key question every interview candidate should ask themselves and want answered?

We aim to explain our techniques so they may be applicable generically and so you can easily develop your own answers so that you will be ready for any question.

The answers to most questions are to see whether the candidate is HONEST, COMPROMISING and FLEXIBLE, and involve trying to ensure that the candidate has DEPTH and BREADTH to their answers.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Having taught medical interview courses, we still have to put this right up at the top as it is so essential how you come across at interview. It can make someone fight to give you a mark, even in a rigid mark scheme, or all too easily, disregard an excellent candidate. The following are our secrets to communication for interviews - we believe the following order is completely original and have never before seen the following put together as we have:

MENTAL PROJECTION - Projecting a mental image of yourself - SUCCESSFUL and CONFIDENT - whether it is 30mins or 30 years in the future, will reflect in how you perform and come across. Athletes already use visualisation and pay good money to be taught this. It costs nothing. The secret, though, is VIVID IMAGINATION (including the sounds, sights, colours, intensity, size, smell, feel, distance, etc - of the mental image) and RAPID REPETITION in one's mind over 5-10mins, giving yourself at least 5 vivid and rapid repetitions. Use the example of doing a task, eg throwing something into the bin (or trash) from a distance and visualise doing it first a few times, one will find that doing it this way will yield better results.

1. Verbal communication skills

It is said that communication through speaking puts greater emphasis on the TONE OF YOUR VOICE, than the content of your speech. For example, more friendly conversation socially involves a VARYING TONE OF VOICE (try it the next time you meet someone socially, or try to remember someone who comes across as very friendly). The variation in the tone of your voice at the interview to start with can put you and the interviewers at ease. You may MATCH THE RATE OF SPEECH and TONE of voice to that of the other person to attain better rapport.

Delivery of lectures and information by lecturers / professionals is better delivered slower in a more monotonous tone of voice, with a downward inflection at the end of the sentence. This means the opposite of an upward inflection (as in American and Australian speech - which may sound like the sentence ends with a question mark? - This seems to be associated with a less confident delivery and so communication in this way may be mistaken for a lack of confidence.

All the above is subconscious to both parties usually, but we believe that this knowledge will give you the power to tip the odds in your favour. This is frequently used by hypnotists.

For more medicine specific information on communication skills - click here.

2. Non-verbal communication skills

- Mirroring - which when done well, will not seem obvious. At a park or restaurant, watch how people interact. People who get on very well, will mimick each others' actions, such as lean forwards at the same time, even pick up a glass...

- Eye contact - aim at a point on their forehead if you are not confident. Not too intense either. Practice in social situations will lead to success at interviews. You may choose to move your eyebrows with your speech.

- Smiling - self explanatory. We would advise practice in front of a mirror.

- Open posture - facing the interviewer without legs crossed away from them, and with pams open, facing the ceiling or forwards (used by prison guards to avoid physical confrontation). However, if you are nervous, holding your hands is fine, but would be better facing the palms upwards.

- Touch - the handshake is said to be important, and the proper way is said to be taking someones hand vertically, and not angling it upwards or downwards, and taking it firmly. We have no personal views on this as it seems quite individual and most interviewers understand candidates are quite nervous and will excuse handshakes.