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Do I need to train for my interview with MedEntry?

Yes! Interviews are a crucial aspect of the selection process for entry into health science courses. In some universities, interviews are weighted at more than 50% of the total selection criteria. Most people focus on their ATAR scores, study for the UCAT but do not prepare for the interview. Hence we find students who have perfect ATAR (99.95) and perfect UCAT (100%), but not being offered a place medicine. Such people go to the interview thinking its just a 'chat'. Chat may be, but its the most important chat that will change the course of your life!

There are many reasons some people do not train for interviews. These include:

  • being sucked in by the uni propaganda that you can't prepare (which is hypocritical since they train their graduates for job interviews)
  • fear being put on the spot in the training sessions (better that you get used to it!)
  • not knowing what they don't know
  • when it comes to personality tests, we all think we are awesome
  • thinking interview is just a chat
  • varying levels of motivation

However, knowledge of the types of questions asked, coaching on interview technique and enhanced communication skills can dramatically improve your performance. You should not go into an interview unprepared or not having an understanding of what you will be asked. If you do, you will be at a competitive disadvantage compared to those who are prepared for the interview.

For most universities, your interview score will count for as much as your ATAR (33%). For some, its 40% and for some universities its much more important than your ATAR (interview score will contribute 80%) of your final ranking score. For two universties, interview score counts for 100%, once ATAR/UCAT thresholds are reached.

For one university, if you take a gap year, your interview score from previous year will be used: which means you get only one shot at interview! So doing well and obtaining the highest possible score in interview is of critical importance.

Even if you think you will get in without the training, there are several benefits of attending the MedEntry Interview training workshop. These include:

  • The psychological and other principles learnt at the MedEntry Interview Training workshop will also be useful hroughout your life for other interviews (job interviews, Internship/Registrar interviews etc).
  • Knowledge of the types of questions asked, the interview technique and enhanced communication skills can further your performance dramatically. You should not go into an interview unprepared or not having an understanding of what the interviewers are looking for, in your answers.
  • Its the only opportunity you will ever get to benchmark your interview performance against your peers
  • Its an opportunity to get feedback from experienced trainers, so you can improve further on your future interviews
  • Your interview score and hence yor entry ranking will improve further (so you may get CSP rather than BMP place, be posted at city rather than rural campus, even be offered a scholarship if the ranking is high enough)
  • You will never get honest feedback on your actual interview performance (for several reasons, including unis fearing being sued), so interview training is the only place to obtain honest and critical feedback
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