Interview Training Reviews

COMMENTS FROM THE INTERVIEW TRAINING SESSIONS

Following are examples of written comments made by students at the Interview Training Sessions. You are welcome to view originals of these comments at our business premises, with a prior appointment.

WHAT IS YOUR OVERALL VIEW OF THE TRAINING?

  • “It gave me an insight into the intricacies of personality testing.”
  • “The Course Lecturer was warm, friendly, helpful and provided individual feedback.”
  • “I obtained many ideas on how to answer ‘the’ question.”
  • “I took away numerous ideas and even if I remember to talk about only a third of those in the interview, I should do very well.”
  • “The teacher went through not only the likely questions, but more importantly the rationale behind those questions and what the interviewers like to hear.”
  • “I had all my ‘silly’ and ‘curly’ questions answered in the session.”
  • “The strategies gained will be useful not only for this year’s interviews but for numerous interviews I will be facing in my career.”
  • “I can now go into the interview confident that I have a significant edge over those who have not prepared for it.”
  • “A very interactive and engaging session with interesting activities that made it lively.”
  • “The day went quickly because it was enjoyable learning experience.”
  • “A very relaxed atmosphere with a small group of students so we all got individual feedback.”
  • “A great networking opportunity with like-minded students.”
  • “We were free to express our opinions and it was great to hear a range of responses from others.”
  • “Plenty of food for thought for me tonight!”
  • “Today’s session pointed out areas I need to work on.”
  • “Reading the interview guide on the LMS and notes taken at the UMAT workshop on the second day were very useful because the lecturer assumed some basic prior knowledge of the principles behind behavioural interviews.”
  • “We discussed many more questions than could possibly be asked, so I am well prepared for anything thrown at me!”
  • “The Lecturer did not tell us what we should say but told us what would be viewed as an appropriate answer.”
  • “The various types of interviews (Panel, MMI etc) and the rationale behind them made me see the relevance of interviews for selection.”
  • “The lecturer gave examples of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ answers to various questions, so we could figure out for ourselves what is best to say.”
  • “The emphasis in the session was on the exploration of ideas that can be used in answering interviewer’s questions.”
  • “A wide range of aspects were covered: from the nitty gritty stuff to fundamental principles.”
  • “The differences between the various university interview questions in Australia/New Zealand was interesting to hear.”
  • “Until today I thought all universities asked the same questions in the interviews!”
  • “I am an anxious person and I took away some practical ideas on how to deal with my nerves.”
  • “I am far less nervous now due to greater confidence.”
  • “The techniques I learnt will be useful for job interviews too.”
  • “The teacher gave many useful ideas on how to come across in the interview in a natural and spontaneous manner.”
  • “I liked the fact that the emphasis was on principles behind the strategies discussed.”
  • “The psychology of winning over interviewers was great.”
  • “Hearing views and opinions of others was the best part.”
  • “After being put on the spot during the day so many times, dealing with only 3 interviewers on the interview day should be a breeze.”
  • “Having an understanding of the format of the interview was very useful.”
  • “The emphasis was on becoming more professional in my approach rather than on gimmicks.”
  • “I was able to learn how to seamlessly link my past experiences into my answers.”
  • “The importance of professionalism was dealt with in depth.”
  • “Learnt some great anecdotes and tips.”
  • “The strategies to approach decision making and ethical scenario questions that I learnt will be useful for my long term future.”
  • “It was open, interactive, relaxed and fun!”
  • “It gives a better idea of what to expect in the interview and therefore more confidence.”
  • “I now feel more confident in my ability to appeal to the interviewers.”
  • “The sample questions forced me to consider what I would actually say in the interview.”
  • “We covered a wide range of topics.”
  • “I now know why I bombed out in the interview last year!”
  • “Thorough, yet structured and organised with advice for each question, what it targets and how to answer it.”
  • “It provided me with knowledge and necessary information overlooked by most people.”
  • “I gained several ideas from the group discussions.”
  • “It gives extremely valuable insight into the interview process.”
  • “Ed is an excellent mentor!”
  • “Being put on the spot today was discomforting but better now than in the actual interview.”
  • “Thank you. I greatly appreciate the commitment of MedEntry to assist me in pursuing my medical career.”
  • “The small group dynamic worked very well and I also got personal help.”
  • “I feel lot more prepared than if I had not completed the training. It has improved my confidence.”
  • “Very enlightening and helpful.”
  • “Answered a lot of questions I had about the interview.”
  • “It was very helpful and well worth the time and the fees.”
  • “Listening to lecturer’s answers to others questions enhanced my understanding of the interview process.”
  • “It gave me exactly what I needed in terms of information and also that extra confidence boost”.
  • “I learnt the most when I made mistakes in answering the questions asked or failed to say something I should have. The feedback provided by the lecturer was insightful.”
  • “I learnt more than I thought I would about what to do and what not to do.”
  • “Skills and information will be beneficial and useful in all interviews to come in life.”
  • “Knowing what to expect gives me confidence.”
  • “Hearing responses to questions, feedback and ideal responses was the best part.”
  • “Without this, I would have been completely unprepared.”
  • “I had an interview last year without preparation and it is not an experience I want to remember.”
  • “I liked the opportunity to answer real questions and by doing the session I felt that I was getting ahead.”
  • “Until today, I thought the interviews are like job interviews.”
  • “I didn’t realise the questions asked at each university is different.”
  • “It was useful to hear about the different format and structure of the various university interviews.”
  • “I have realised I have plenty of thinking and reflecting to do before the interview day.”
  • “I got lots of good ideas from the discussions.”
  • “It gave me a valuable idea of the interview from an interviewer’s perspective.”
  • “My advice to interviewees: Don’t miss it: you will benefit more than you think.”
  • “Many thanks to the MedEntry team in their professional approach in organising and conducting this seminar.”
  • “Alicia (of the MedEntry Team) was very helpful in accommodating my request regarding attendance at this session.”
  • “I thought interview is just a chat with the interviewers. I didn’t realise there is sooo much more to it!”
  • "Overall, this was an excellent experience and I learnt things about myself that I was not previously aware of."
  • "Overall I think that the interview training session helped me with my goal of becoming a doctor."
  • "If I hadn’t done the MedEntry umat preparation course I doubt I would have gotten a score high enough to get an interview. I’m hoping the interview session will help me get into the course."

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WHAT DID YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT THE SESSION TODAY?

  • “Contributions from a range of people – broad perspective.”
  • “The questions that were given and the ability to try out some of my own answers. Then I could judge my current level.”
  • “The group environment meant that we all contributed different ideas and were able to learn from each other.”
  • “Specific questions we may get and knowing what the interviewers will want to hear.”
  • "Learning what to say about not being good but outstanding"
  • Listening to the Lecturer: the legend himself"
  • "The chance to give answers out loud and hear other people's responses"
  • “Covered various parts of interview in detail!”
  • “The rationale behind questions.”
  • “Knowing the questions and what to expect. Knowing how to answer the questions.”
  • “Sharing of ideas, a chance to express and contribute own perspective on each subject.”
  • “Really detailed and specific to university, small group meant more one on one interaction.”
  • “It had personal interaction and you were able to ask questions freely. Also the way each theme of the interview was tackled was good.”
  • “It was very in-depth and made me feel confident for the upcoming interview as I feel very prepared and ready for it. Having the past Monash med student here as well was really good.”
  • “The fact that each important question was addressed in detail, with various responses considered was pleasing. Session boosted confidence in the time leading up to the interviews.”
  • “The amount of content covered without reducing the quality. Good insight into the questions for each university.”
  • “Lecturer is experienced and knows what he is doing/saying.”
  • “The intricate detail of questions and ideal responses.”
  • “Different answers given by each individual, each was unique and opened my eyes to the possibilities of answers.”
  • “I liked the group environment as it enabled me to hear many different answers and hence think more about how to improve my own responses.”
  • “The complete expose on the various  interviews. I feel much more prepared after today than I did this morning when I didn’t know the extent of the questions they’d ask.”
  • “The knowledge of the questions asked and structure of the interview as well as the ability to have individual answers analysed.”
  • “The advice and tips given to tackle the questions, unique answers to say that will differentiate us from others.”
  • “The ability to bounce around possible answers to different questions that can be asked. It is helpful to me that I can further develop my ideas and thoughts.”
  • “Friendly atmosphere.”
  • “Reassuring to interact with others in similar situation.”
  • “Lots of information! Good teacher! How to tackle scenarios. Overall pleasurable.”
  • “I like the fact that we went through specific questions and had a chance to give our answers to them.”
  • “Answer questions not available on interview guide.”
  • “I found it very enjoyable and useful. I learnt many things that I would not have known about the interview.”
  • “Small group, interactive, challenging.”
  • “Interactive small group helps to think personally and specifically with lots of ideas but not being embarrassed to contribute.”
  • “I enjoyed being put on the spot with questions; really helped me overcome any nervousness and uncertainty I felt about being unable to verbalize my thoughts.”
  • “Made everything clear, was easy to understand, very enjoyable.”
  • “It was very interactive and brought each of us out of our comfort zone as we were forced to answer questions.”
  • “Practical, Ed is excellent presenter and gives specific feedback.”
  • “It was very detailed; Ed was very nice and explained everything very clearly.”
  • “Going through questions systematically and being taught appropriate possible answers. Learning what not to say and how to make answers more engaging and passionate was a really key factor.”
  • “My mistakes were shown more proficiently and now I can work on them.”
  • "Openness; Humour; I felt very comfy in it.”
  • "Thank you for the help. MedEntry has yet again helped me improve myself as a person and a medical candidate."
  • "In-depth explanation of interviews than that is in written guides, personal feedback."
  • "I love the discussions we had, as the opportunity to listen to everyone else's answers and the input from the numerous people enriched my experience."
  • "That is was tailored to the university I will be having the interview at. Honesty and reliability of the presenter."
  • "I really liked the interactive session, learning about other people, getting constructive criticism. Sometimes learning about what NOT to do is just as important as learning what you should do and this medical interview training course helped me fulfill this."
  • "Strong class interaction, the lecturer knew content very well, receptive to questions, provided valid feedback, showed concern and care towards the students."
  • "Interview training session was comfortable, non judgemental environment which helped me open up and share my thoughts. I was often placed on the spot which was good practice for the interview."
  • "Discussion style, sharing of ideas, abundance of information, variety of situations. Given tips on how to improve underlying causes of poor performance."
  • "Learning so much and being able to confidently prepare for my interview. Also meeting other people who have the same goals as me."
  • "Helpful insights offered. I was able to gauge my response against other med hopefuls, supportive environment."
  • "It made me think about issues that I would not have otherwise considered and gave me a more balanced holistic knowledge. I was able to take with me an approach for solving complex questions and scenarios."
  • "Whilst going around the class, each answering questions was daunting, it was definitely helpful."
  • "Got a chance to hear other people’s responses."
  • "Very informative - prepared me for potential interview questions. I learned my personal strengths and weaknesses and how they could be improved."
  • "Medical interview training session was engaging with lots of questions. Able to see and meet other candidates."
  • "Opportunity to see other’s responses and have my own answers evaluated."
  • "I liked learning about what everyone else’s opinions were, their reasoning and their motivations for doing medicine."
  • "How the lecturer described the importance of looking at the psychology behind the interviewers’ questions."
  • "The practice scenarios and listening to other students’ ideas. The presenters were well informed and excellent mentors."
  • "Having the opportunity to hear how others would answer interview questions. Learning specific skills and words to create a better impression."
  • "Answering the questions in small groups, I didn’t enjoy being put on the spot but I found it helped to realise how much I forgot to say when I was nervous."
  • "The chance to discuss ethical issues with others and hear their answers about topics."

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WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THE INTERVIEW TRAINING SESSION TO YOUR FRIENDS? IF SO, WHY?

  • "You are immediately at a disadvantage if you don't attend."
  • “You would have no idea what to expect if the training session hadn’t been taken.”
  • “Broadened my ideas, more confident to go into interview.”
  • “Gets you motivated to prepare and gives a very good insight into the interview process.”
  • “Definitely worth the time and expense.”
  • “I came to the session because a current medical student recommended and I will recommend the course to others whether I get in or not.”
  • “Builds confidence, great preparation.”
  • “The key to interviews seems to be preparation for the style of questions and type of thinking needed and this course provides that.”
  • “Increases confidence in knowing what to say. Overall, good learning experience.”
  • “It is helpful and good practice for interview.”
  • “It gives a good overview and in-depth explanation and exploration of the structure of interviews, possible questions, answers and advice.”
  • “Gives good indication of what interview is like.”
  • “You shouldn’t miss it.”
  • “Facts are useful and areas where help is needed are fully covered.”
  • “Provides you with confidence leading into the interview.”
  • “It provided many life skills and info that will be relevant to one in the future.”
  • “I thought it was helpful and gave a thorough insight into what to anticipate at the interview.”
  • “It provides a deep insight into our particular university interview offer.”
  • “It is helpful to get thinking about some of the more abstract ideas that help in this and other interviews.”
  • “You will go away with lot more ideas than you think.”
  • “It has definitely been helpful in preparing myself and getting into the frame of mind needed.”
  • “It definitely clears up any misconceptions I had and guides me in the right direction, allowing me to get an idea of what I have to do to achieve my goal.”
  • “It provides us with experience of sample questions allowing us to think prior to the interview rather than during the interview.”
  • “Even though I had to think of my own unique responses, the interview training session gave me a sense of direction on the type of answers the interviewers like.”
  • “It helps develop an understanding of what the interview entails. Also speaking/answering interview questions in front of a group of people who you haven’t met before is good preparation for an interview situation where only a few individuals (strangers) will be present.”
  • “It enabled me to reflect on the reasons to pursue medicine as a career, my aspirations and goals.”
  • “Even if you are well versed in interviews, gives you confidence, tells you what you should aim to portray.”
  • “I think that it’s essential to gain a general understanding of the types of questions asked and to give them some thought before being put on the spot in an interview situation.”
  • “It was a great self-reflection exercise.”
  • “Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us and giving your much appreciated advice. It will definitely help me prepare for my interviews and I’m very grateful for that.”
  • “I think the friendly and personal way it was presented was good.”
  • “I think overall this was a very valuable experience.”
  • “It is more extensive than the MedEntry interview guide.”
  • "This medical interview training session has bestowed me with ideas and tips which I could not have found elsewhere."
  • "It has helped alot, now I have homework because I know exactly what to reflect on. It enables students to really see what a medical interview is about and how to stand out."
  • "Invaluable and unique, as information on medical interviews is not available anywhere else such as on the internet in such detail."
  • "You are immediately at a disadvantage if you don’t attend."
  • "Good preparation that cannot just be gained from the internet or other people."
  • "This is probably the only opportunity to discuss, share and distill your ideas and aspiration to study medicine with similar minded peers."
  • "It helped in confidence and can help take away nerves resulting from lack of preparation."
  • "Provides a sense of direction in terms of preparation, holistic approach with a wide variety of questions."
  • "Helpful to predict questions and interviewers’ perspectives."
  • "Useful, practical. Learned a lot (not only for university interviews but lifelong benefit)."
  • "The information I received I felt was really helpful and valuable; though I was hesitant to answer questions I feel it will come to a lot of good."
  • "Good preparation and points otherwise overlooked."
  • "The medical interview training session proved helpful in knowing the sort of questions that will be asked."
  • "It is always good to get an edge on your competition and this interview training course allows that to happen."
  • "Shouldn’t leave anything to chance or fate."
  • "It seems hard to get good advice, so this program offers valuable insight."
  • "Any advantage you can get in a competitive environment is good."
  • "It gives a lot of helpful insight and you can also compare yourself with other applicants."
  • "I did an interview without the training last year and it was a big surprise. I now feel much more confident and able to achieve."
  • "Definitely a good investment that will be invaluable in putting you ahead of those who don’t prepare."
  • "Had I not had the interview prep I would not know how complex the process is."
  • "Provides relevant and helpful advice and is useful for all life situations."
  • "It gave me the confidence and skills I feel will improve my performance in the interviews."
  • "I think it has given me a better understanding of the nature of the MMI. Also listening to others speak has been quite useful."
  • "It gives them the chance of getting into medicine."
  • "It is a very helpful session, not only for interviews but how to improve your social interactions."
  • "I feel it improved my possibility of gaining a place in medicine."
  • "Foregrounds the importance of extending answers and the best ways to do this, eg Five Whys etc."
  • It was incredibly helpful. I underestimated its importance
  • It was very thorough. I feel much more confident and wish I’d done this course before my job interview earlier this week!
  • Yesterday I got an unbonded offer to study medicine at UNE (my first choice). This was incredible for me considering my mediocre UMAT (88 percentile) and shocking GPA of 3.75 (no, that is not a typo, I have a failing GPA). The only way I can fathom I got an unbonded offer considering my stats is that I must have performed exceptionally at the interview. Considering I didn't get a place the year before with a higher UMAT and an OP of 3 it's fairly obvious interviewing is not my thing. Well it wasn't until I went to the MedEntry interview workshop! Thank you so much for giving me the resources to attain my goals.

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