Mock interview experience
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You can find lists of sample questions for ST1/CT1 interviews online. Try to steer clear of prepared, standardised or scripted answers.
Practise weaving in appropriate anecdotes and thinking on your feet.
Practise describing your achievements
Practise describing your achievements and the examples you will use to demonstrate your skills and personal qualities.
Not all of your examples need to be from your chosen specialty or even from your clinical experience. However, choose examples that an assessor could easily connect to the typical demands of the specialty.
For example, if you are trying to demonstrate your communication skills, make sure your example addresses the specific communication challenges of that specialty.
Remember to describe what you did, how you did it, why you did it, what you learnt and how you followed it up.
Discuss clinical and ethical scenarios
Discuss clinical and ethical scenarios with your peers and seniors. You may want to organise this as a regular event in your peer group.
This is good practice for the situational judgement exercises you are likely to encounter in the selection process and it will help you more quickly to spot the key issues and to evaluate alternative responses.
It can also be very instructive to ask more senior doctors to recount actual situations in which they have had to grapple with issues of professionalism, probity and good clinical practice. This will help you to demonstrate that your awareness of these topics is grounded in more than just theoretical knowledge.
Danny Lim's book How to Get A Specialty Training Post has lots of sample scenarios and interview questions is available as an e-book from the BMA library.
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