AK84

General Adult ST4 interviews Feb 2015

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Anyone with any handy advice for the upcoming interviews?
 

Especially with the clinical scenario. My understanding is that it is not testing clinical knowledge, but more on how to deal with a difficult patient.

Any help would be welcome!

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Hi AK84

twice AK47!!

if you have recently passed casc

its pretty much the same over longer period for the clinical

 

for portfolio

put your bestachivements first,

have two colored print outs to hand them

whilst u talk

time flies in this part of interview

 

for leadership/audit

i feel the examiners sleep thru this

they ask u the same question repeatedly thruout the whole time

other candidates have shared similar views

i had to say once its the same answer as before

even the lay person sitting in the station smiled

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Thanks for that Alex. Really useful. Can you tell me a bit more about the coloured handouts you mentioned? I thought I might give them all a copy of my PDP. Interesting about leadership and audit station. If I'm not careful I will fall asleep in that one too!

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coloured copies have a better and longer impact on tired brains

has been well researched

so make two copies of the achivement you wish to talk about

there are two examiners in the three stations

its impossible to flick thru ur complete portfolio

leadership station

they ask the same bookish question we have been answering from our fy1 years

i think they need to come up with better questions

after interview process

national rrecruitment asks for feedback

most of candidates i know have given similar feedbacks for the leadership station

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Ah! Thanks for the reply, I thought I was talking to myself for a while!

That's really useful input. I guess the part I'm most unprepared for is the CASC-like station - this time around, the question seems the same as for August intake; angry parent who's son has had a first episode of psychosis.

Just wondering if you can recall what kind of topics were covered and what his concerns were.
I know it's a test of comm skills, so don't really expect any clinical content to arise but wondering what the specifics of this station were. 

Cheers!

AK47/AK84

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I had same station

acknowledge anxiety

and concern

later talk about pals

short long term mgt she wanted to know

wanted to know why u and not consultant 

dont panic

u will be ok

remember u r twice ak47

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Talk about pals? Friends or Patient Advice Liaison Services!?

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Hey Alex. Took your advice and printed off some handouts (in colour) with some certificates, PDP and CV. Have to say, seems like a great idea and looks pretty slick! I'll let you know if it works..... :)

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How much are they likely to interrupt you for the portfolio and leadership/audit stations? Do they literally ask the question at the beginning and let you talk for 7.5 minutes or do they but in with lots of questions?

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in portfolio u talk

in leadership they ask qs and u answer

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Hey. Thanks for your advice alex. Think the handouts were good idea! Ranked 12th of 44 for GAP and offered job that I want. For various complicated reasons I am going to turn it down but I feel much more confident for when I next apply....

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Hi, 

Is there any set format for the portfolio? 

Could you please comment more on the handouts? What do you mean by achievements? 

Thank you very much 

M

 

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dear mkasar

there is no set format

i put my personal statement/achivements in first section

2nd for qualification

3rd for service improvement /audit

4th leadership management

5th research/teaching

6th courses /conferences

7th WPBA and MSF

8th Misc.

have colored printouts with highlighted areas which you want them tto notice for portfolio

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Dear Alex,

Thank you for your detailed message. Could I contact you directly for a few more questions? 

Best wishes

Muzaffer

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yes muzaffer you can ask me queries re the St4 Interview

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what kind of  questions do they ask in leadership station????

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