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Preparing for healthcare university interviews

Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science applicants were put through their paces with practice Multiple Mini Interviews, testing communication, interpersonal and critical thinking skills, and ethical knowledge.

St Benedict's Medics and Vets interview practice

An increasing number of universities use the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format as they believe it produces a more reliable assessment of an applicant's potential.

The MMI does not test specific knowledge. The format is designed to allow applicants to showcase their communication, interpersonal and critical thinking skills, and ethical knowledge.

St Benedict's Medics and Vets practice interviews

The best way to help our students prepare is to help them practise expressing themselves articulately and logically in a timed environment.

With this in mind, the MMI practice session consisted of seven short interviews that revolved around differing skill sets and current societal issues.

It has saved me a lot of time, knowing that the school can help me prepare, after having such a detailed and professional interview practice.

St Benedict's Medics and Vets practice interviews

One of the applicants said: “It gave me a realistic insight into the difficulty of having to think quickly and articulate myself clearly and concisely.” Another student said: “It has saved me a lot of time, knowing that the school can help me prepare, after having such a detailed and professional interview practice.”

St Benedict's Medics and Vets practice interviews

All of our students will be debriefed and given personalised feedback to further support their university applications.

Sincere thanks to the teachers that supported the event. The Careers team and I look forward to next year.

Mrs D O’Connor (Head of Chemistry/Co-ordinator of Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science applications)

Competencies assessed:

  • Verbal communication skills
  • Self awareness and empathy
  • Data analysis and critical thinking
  • Medical ethics
  • Awareness of diversity
  • Teamwork
  • Values and tensions within the NHS and relationships with stakeholder organisations (NICE, pharmaceutical companies, government)
  • Resilience 
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