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  • Ah, Harry

  • Sorry I'm late

  • No, thanks for coming. It's good to meet you.

  • You too

  • So, first of all, can you tell me about yourself please?

  • Well, my name's Harry, 18 years old. Currently doing my A Levels at the moment, I'm doing

  • pretty well actually. And yeah I'd like to be a doctor when I'm older.

  • First impressions definitely count 100%. Interviewers can sometimes make their decision and mind

  • up on the person that they're interviewing within the first few minutes. So even if you

  • are nervous or not feeling so confident, make sure that your first impression does really

  • count. Have a firm handshake, good eye contact, and smile.

  • First of all, can you tell us a little bit about yourself please?

  • Sure, my name's Harry, I'm 18 years old and I'm currently studying Biology, Chemistry,

  • and Maths at school. As you are aware, I hope to pursue a career in medicine.

  • Anyone who is called for an interview has obviously got to plan their journey, particularly

  • if they're coming from the Channel Islands, to make certain that they're going to be there

  • in time. So if it's in the morning, that they flow over the night before, so they arrive

  • on time, they have time to settle down, be prepared, they dress appropriately. That particularly

  • for some of the professional courses, which is the majority of our courses that interview,

  • somebody only has to walk in wearing completely the wrong clothing and they'll have made the

  • worst impression.

  • So why do you want to be a doctor, and what would you like to achieve in medicine?

  • Ah well everyone in my family is a doctor, so I think it just follows on nicely that

  • I am too really. I think I'd be a great doctor to be honest. I've got great people skills.

  • Be confident but try not to come across as if you're arrogant and a know-it-all. It is

  • a fine balance because you have got to sell yourself but you want to show that you're

  • a team player, and that you're going to fit in well, and that you are teachable.

  • Yeah I'd also like to be a Director, have a nice big salary for myself.

  • Ok, thank you.

  • People that are interviewing you want to see that you're committed to the subject, that

  • you've got a passion for the subject, and that's the reason why you're wanting to devote

  • yourself to this period of extended study. They wouldn't want to place someone who's

  • doing it purely for money.

  • And why do you want to be a doctor, and what do you hope to achieve in medicine?

  • Well I've done a lot of work experience in many different areas, for example the local

  • hospital radio, I've done some volunteering on the wards there, and also at the Jersey

  • Hospice and the Cheshire Homes, and everything I did there, I saw patients in their environment

  • and doctors working alongside them in the multidisciplinary team that they have. It

  • was absolutely fascinating and everything I did there just really made me want to continue

  • my research and be successful in getting a place at medical school.

  • When we see a CV if somebody has work experience, even if it's volunteering or is free, then

  • it's certainly goes a long way for us look at the CV a little bit harder.

  • We're really looking for a student who has undertaken work experience, not just so they're

  • just ticking a box to show us they've done it. But they can really demonstrate to us

  • what they've learnt, what they've gained, how they've reflected on their experiences

  • and it's given them an insight into that profession.

  • So apart from treating patients Harry, what do you think being a doctor is going to entail?

  • Well, it's a lot of paperwork obviously, not really looking forward to that at all to be

  • honest, I think it's a bit of a faff. But, yeah there is a bedside manner part as well

  • I suppose, yeah.

  • The worst thing that we've seen at an interview is negative language. The right attitude is

  • key, we're looking for somebody who's enthusiastic, who's positive, who's willing to learn, who

  • can prove they've got the good organisational skills, the good communication skills.

  • Well obviously the treatment is a very important part, but alongside that you also need to

  • be very academic and very studious to keep up to date with the constantly changing and

  • evolving field that you are in. You also have to be an excellent communicator with your

  • team and also with the patients.

  • If a students very clever when they're actually writing their personal statement, they could

  • be scripting their own interview. Most of the questions they're going to be asked, particularly

  • initially, are going to be based around information they put in that statement. So if someone

  • is unable to actually expand on questions, there's going to be real concerns that did

  • they really undertake that experience?

  • What steps have you taken to really find out that you want to be a doctor?

  • I've done a lot of work experience and volunteer work, yeah.

  • Vague answers are the same as no answer really. You're not giving anything. The interviewer

  • is spending time to understand you, you're motivations. They want to get to know you

  • better and therefore see what your potential is. If you just give a vague answer, it's

  • very difficult for them to make that judgement.

  • It's really important to expand on your answers. The interview is the time to sell yourself

  • really.

  • Ok Harry, moving on to more of an ethical question. Do you think NHS doctors and staff

  • should be looking after private patients?

  • Uhh... umm... I'm not really sure actually. Umm I dunno, maybe yeah.

  • It's really important to understand what's going on in the world because it impacts how

  • every organisation is doing. It's actually a question that I specifically ask at the

  • end of every interview is about what a candidate has recently read that's interested them about

  • financial services. So it's really important, even if it's from something you've read in

  • a fashion magazine or that you've seen on a website, it's really important to know what's

  • going on out there.

  • I'd expect someone to be aware of their environment, to understand and know what's going on. I

  • wouldn't necessarily ask for a political persuasion or anything like that, but a general understanding

  • of what's going on within the community within their environment, I think that's important.

  • Do you think NHS doctors and staff should be treating private patients?

  • Well it's a very hotly debated topic. Is it right for private patients to have priority

  • over the NHS patients who are not paying? That's something which needs to be thought

  • about a little bit. At current it seems that the overall consensus is that yes, they are

  • allowed to have precedence over the non-paying patients. But however the NHS will benefit

  • from this as they will receive the extra costs that the private patients have to pick up

  • then.

  • We're always looking for whole people. We don't assess the answers that we're getting

  • on more general questions, but it's important for people to show that they are interested,

  • that they have got a general level of awareness to what's happening in the world.

  • Can you perhaps tell me about some significant advances you've read about in science or in

  • medicine?

  • Well there's been a lot really hasn't there, umm lots of stuff, read every day in the papers.

  • It allows us to get a flavour of them as a person. So what is it that makes them tick,

  • what are they really interested in.

  • I recently have read a study on a cancer drug named 'cetuximab' which is really a really

  • interesting thing, just the action of it on the body. However, it has been found that

  • tumours actually become resistant towards cetuximab and that is a very interesting field

  • of research in oncology which has really interested me recently.

  • Can you give an example of a situation where you have supported a friend in difficult circumstances,

  • and what issue they faced and how you helped them?

  • Sorry, could you repeat the question?

  • If you don't understand the question that somebody has asked you, it's really silly

  • to try and answer it not knowing what they're looking for. It's much better to ask them

  • to rephrase or to ask the question again in a different way. Similarly if someone asks

  • you a really tricky question, they might not be expecting an immediate answer, so do take

  • a moment to think about it and construct your answer. It will make you a much more confident

  • and strong candidate.

  • Ok Harry, have you got any questions for us?

  • Umm, nope, no I don't think so no.

  • For me that shows a level of disinterest. When you're preparing for the interview you

  • could select questions at that point, but also there's general questions that you could

  • ask at the end of any interview, and a really good one that I always think is 'do you have

  • any reservations about me at this point?', because it gives you the opportunity to answer

  • anything that they may be thinking.

  • It is important to ask questions, this really is your last chance to impress and it shows

  • you've prepared for your interview. Even if it is just one question.

  • I was just wondering, do you encourage students to take rotations abroad?

  • The biggest thing to stand out for the crowd is to be yourself because everybody is different

  • so if you go in and show your own personality and just relax into an interview then that's

  • how you'll stand out.

  • If you're prepared you can anticipate some of the questions that can be asked, and you

  • can display confidence in your answers and give a breadth of experience, then it shouldn't

  • be a really daunting experience, but it's all about the preparation.

Ah, Harry

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