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Friday, July 20th, 2018

How to prepare for your University of Sydney medicine or dentistry interview

It’s that time of year again!

This August, the University of Sydney medicine and dentistry applicants will be undertaking multi-mini interviews via Skype for admission into the DMD and MD programs for the 2019 intake.

Sydney Medical School and Sydney Dental School interviews

No stress. You got this!

As part of the application process, interviews are mandatory and are often a cause of unease with prospective students, but they don’t have to be! To help you out, we have compiled some interview tips from former OzTREKK students, and from our own little knowledge bank we’ve stocked over the years.

Multiple Mini Interview

International applicants who qualify for an interview will be interviewed via an online link using Skype. When making an interview booking, applicants will be required to enter their Skype user name and phone  number (including the country code and area code, in case that there is any problem during their interview).

The interview process is known as the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). The actual MMI is expected to last approximately 45 minutes; however, the entire process including registrations may take up to 2 hours, although this is rare. They are looking for

  • good communication skills;
  • your sense of caring, empathy and sensitivity;
  • your ability to make effective decisions;
  • your ability to contribute as a member of a team;
  • your appreciation of the place of medicine/dentistry in the wider context of healing; and
  • your sense of vocation, motivation and commitment within the context of medicine/dentistry

Who are the interviewers?

All MMI interviewers are volunteers who have completed a training program and observed the MMI process. They will be friendly and professional and want to see you succeed. No one will try to trick you!

  • Academic, clinical academic, and staff of the university
  • Graduates from medicine and dentistry
  • Persons drawn from the wider community

Get ready

On the day of your interview, you must log into Skype and be ready at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. If you can’t attend your interview at the specified time, you must contact the Admissions Office as a matter of urgency. The Admissions Office will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your needs, but cannot guarantee that an alternative interview time will be available.

What to expect

The multi-mini interview (MMI) is an assessment of applicants’ personal and professional attributes, designed to test your reasoning and problem-solving skills in a range of areas that the University of Sydney considers important in entry-level students, as well as your values and commitment.

The assessment is conducted through a range of different authentic scenarios that test specific characteristics. There are usually five stations of seven minutes each, with a turnaround time of two minutes. Each station samples different aspects of professionalism according to a carefully designed framework.

At the commencement of the interview, the first interviewer will appear on the screen. This is your chance to say hello! Once the bell rings, you will be sent the first scenario via instant message on Skype. Read the first sentence of the scenario aloud to the interviewer.

Former OzTREKK students’ tips… and things to get you thinking!

Now, we don’t guarantee that you’ll be asked about your shortcomings, but it is recommended to have an overall sense of “who you are” and a level of comfort with yourself and your knowledge before heading to an interview. Here is a list of tips from former OzTREKK students, and other things to get you thinking about the types of questions they may ask to help get you prepared:

Before your interview

  • Get ready for scenarios! Read and discuss. Read about what is happening around you and find someone to discuss it with. Present your views and listen to their views. This is a great way to actually hear different sides of the same story.
  • Practice formulating a position, practice speaking, and practice expressing your opinion! Avoid confrontation.
  • Stations may be loosely categorised into ethical-dilemma situations, teamwork-based situations, professionalism situations, differing-opinion situations, etc.
  • What makes a good or bad doctor?
  • If you are invited to ask questions, have some! Be prepared to speak about yourself and your interests outside of dentistry or medicine.
  • Do you have weaknesses? What are they? How are you working on them?
  • Know the profession—its past, its present, its future. This shows you would like to invest your life in the profession.
  • Think about alternative medicine and dentistry. Is it valuable? Is it comparable to Western medicine?
  • Where do you see yourself 5, 10, 20 years from now?

During your interview

  • Be yourself. Putting on an act to impress people is rarely successful, is usually transparent, and is most often a turnoff.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • There won’t be any breaks. Use the washroom beforehand. You may have a glass of water on hand should you need it.
  • The questions are not “black and white,” “right or wrong.” The interviewers are interested in your passion for medicine or dentistry, your thought processes, your communication skills, and your personality.
  • Figure out what kind of general situation you are in and then present not only how you view the situation, but also from the viewpoint of bystanders and/or the opposing party. Think outside the box, but tread lightly!
  • If an interviewer interrupts at any point, stop and listen carefully to what he/she has to say. They are doing this in your favour, as you are likely veering off course in your discussion.
  • Don’t lie. Answer questions as honestly as possible.

We know it’s difficult, but try not to stress. We often hear from OzTREKK students, “I didn’t need to be as stressed as I was.” The interviewers are people, just like you. They understand that you will be nervous and will factor that in when they interview you.

Best of luck!

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If you have any questions regarding your Sydney Dental School or Sydney Medical School interview, please contact your OzTREKK admissions officer at kaylee@oztrekk.com or alexa@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Preparing for your University of Sydney interview

From August 1 – 10, 2016 Sydney Dental School and Sydney Medical School applicants will be undertaking multi-mini interviews via Skype for admission into the DMD and MD programs for the 2017 intake.

Sydney Dental School

Best of luck with your interview!

To help you out, we have compiled some interview tips—from former OzTREKK students, and from our own experiences! As part of the application process, interviews are mandatory and are often a cause of unease with prospective students. Like a job interview, it is best to exhibit a professional, competent, and likable personality—like we needed to tell you that!

Get ready

On the day of your interview, you must log into Skype and be ready at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. Your interview will likely last at least 45 minutes; however, you should allow at least one hour in addition to this time in case there is a delay, or there is a need to clarify a matter. Internet and computer glitches often come at the most inopportune time!

You should use the most reliable method of connection available for your interview (e.g., a wired computer connection, where possible.)  Wireless connection can be used, provided that it is sufficiently reliable to complete the interview process. Imagine beginning your interview with shady internet connection—yikes!

Can’t attend your interview at the specified time? You must contact the Admissions Office as a matter of urgency. The Admissions Office will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your needs, but cannot guarantee that an alternative interview time will be available.

What to expect

The multi-mini interview (MMI) is an assessment of applicants’ personal and professional attributes. It is designed to test your reasoning and problem-solving skills in a range of areas that the University of Sydney considers important in entry-level students, as well as your values and commitment.

The assessment is conducted through a range of different authentic scenarios that test specific characteristics. There will be 5 stations of 7 minutes each, with a turnaround time of 2 minutes.  Each station samples different aspects of professionalism according to a carefully designed framework.

At the commencement of the interview, the first interviewer will appear on the screen. Say hello to him or her. Once the bell rings, you will be sent the first scenario via ‘Instant Message’ on Skype. Read the first sentence of the scenario aloud to the interviewer.

Former OzTREKK students’ tips… and things to get you thinking!

Now, we don’t guarantee that you’ll be asked about your shortcomings, but it is recommended to have an overall sense of “who you are” and a level of comfort with yourself and your knowledge before heading to an interview. Here is a list of tips from former OzTREKK students, and other things to get you thinking about the types of questions they may ask to help get you prepared:

Prepare

  • Don’t have Skype? Get it. Learn about it. Be prepared to know how it works. Especially learn the instant messaging button as this is where you will read the interview questions.
  • Read and discuss. Read about what is happening around you and find someone to discuss what is happening around you. Present your views and listen to their views. This is a great way to actually hear different sides of the same story. Practice formulating a position, practice speaking, and practice expressing your opinion! Avoid confrontation.
  • Familiarise yourself with the school. Find out who is in charge and understand the faculty structure. What is the  school known for? Why is that a good fit for you?
  • If you are invited to ask questions, have some! Be prepared to speak about yourself and your interests outside of dentistry and medicine.
  • Do you have weaknesses? What are they? Are you working on them?
  • Know the profession—its past, its present, its future. This shows you would like to invest your life in the profession.
  • Where do you see yourself 5, 10, 20 years from now?
  • Be prepared to talk about your undergrad degree.
  • What makes you stand out from other applicants? (But don’t brag!)
  • Lastly, there is a wealth of MMI resources out there on the internet! Do your homework!

During the interview

  • Take a deep breath. The interviewers are people, just like you. They understand that you will be nervous and will factor that in when they interview you.
  • Be yourself. Putting on an act to impress people is rarely successful, is usually transparent, and is most often a turnoff. If an interviewer has a bad first impression about you, the other aspects of that particular station will likely be graded poorly. Remember, the interviewers are people too, and they are likely volunteering in the MMI process. This is especially important if you consider an interviewer may not even be listening to a word you are saying. At the end of the station, the interviewer may look back at the past 7 or so minutes, and depending on how much verbal diarrhea you may have spewed out, they may only remember how calm, collected, and eloquently spoken you are.
  • Dress appropriately. No one wants to see you just out of bed, in a T-shirt, or wearing exercise gear. You are interviewing for a professional degree!
  • Turn. Your. Cellphone. Off.
  • There won’t be any breaks. Use the washroom beforehand. You may have a glass of water on hand should you need it.
  • No note-taking permitted!
  • The questions are not “black and white,” “right or wrong.” The interviewers are interested in your passion for medicine or dentistry, your thought processes, your communication skills, and your personality.
  • Stations can be loosely categorised into ethical-dilemma situations, teamwork-based situations, professionalism situations, differing-opinion situations, etc.
  • Figure out what kind of general situation you are in and then present not only how you view the situation, but also from the viewpoint of bystanders and/or the opposing party. Think outside the box, but tread lightly!
  • If an interviewer interrupts at any point, stop and listen carefully to what he/she has to say. They are doing this in your favour, as you are likely veering off course in your discussion.
  • Don’t lie. Answer questions as honestly as possible.

Best of luck!

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If you have any questions regarding your Sydney Dental School or Sydney Medical School interview, please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Get ready for your Sydney dentistry interview

Starting today, Thursday, July 30, 2015, Sydney Dental School applicants will be undertaking multi-mini interviews for admission into the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program for the 2016 intake.

Sydney Dental School

Best of luck with your Sydney Dental School interview!

As part of the application process, interviews are mandatory and are often a cause of unease with prospective students. Like a job interview, it is best to exhibit a professional, competent, and likable personality—like we needed to tell you that! But, to help you out, OzTREKK has compiled some interview tips!

Prepare your equipment

On the day of your interview, you must log into Skype and be ready at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. Your interview will likely last at least 45 minutes; however, you should allow at least one hour in addition to this time in case there is a delay, or there is a need to clarify a matter. Internet and computer glitches often come at the most inopportune time!

You should use the most reliable method of connection available for your interview (e.g., a wired computer connection, where possible.)  Wireless connection can be used, provided that it is sufficiently reliable to complete the interview process. Imagine beginning your interview with shady internet connection—yikes!

Can’t attend your interview at the specified time? You must contact the Admissions Office as a matter of urgency. The Admissions Office will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your needs, but cannot guarantee that an alternative interview time will be available.

Do you need to bring anything to the interview?

For verification purposes, you must bring photographic identification (passport or driver’s license) to the interview. Have it ready, at your computer, to show at the beginning of your interview. Now is not the time to go fishing through your purse or digging in your wallet.

Please note that if you do not bring photographic identification to the interview, the Sydney Dental School reserves the right to cancel your interview.  In that event, your application for admission to the Sydney DMD in 2016 will be deemed to have lapsed, and will not be considered further.

What should you know?

Don’t call them, they’ll call you. Please do not contact the Admissions Office or any of the interviewers via Skype at any time. The office will be running many interviews over a period of time, none of which can be interrupted.

Prior to your interview day, you will be sent a “Contact request” via Skype from the Admissions Office, which you should accept as soon as possible.

Position yourself in a way that your face can be clearly seen on the camera. Don’t sit with a strong light behind you. When discussing the question with the interviewer, please look directly at the camera on your computer. Have your photo ID ready to be shown to the camera.

In the event that the connection fails during your interview, please do not try to contact the Admissions Office or your interviewer. Faculty staff will try to  re-establish the connection via Skype or call you on the contact number you provided at the interview booking stage to sort out the issue. You may be  re-interviewed for that station at the end of the entire 45 minutes.

What to expect

The multi-mini interview (MMI) is an assessment of applicants’ personal and professional attributes. It is designed to test your reasoning and problem-solving skills in a range of areas that the Sydney Dental School considers important in entry-level students, as well as your values and commitment.

The assessment is conducted through a range of different authentic scenarios that test specific characteristics. There will be 5 stations of 7 minutes each, with a turnaround time of 2 minutes.  Each station samples different aspects of professionalism according to a carefully designed framework.

At the commencement of the interview, the first interviewer will appear on the screen. Say hello to him or her. Once the bell rings, you will be sent the first scenario via ‘Instant Message’ on Skype. Read the first sentence of the scenario aloud to the interviewer.

What exactly are they looking for in a candidate?

Sydney Dental School will be looking for the following skills and attributes from applicants:

1.    Knowledge relevant to the question.
2.    The capacity to draw implications from that knowledge.
3.    Insight into their own attitudes and views relevant to the issue.
4.    Insight into other people’s attitudes and views relevant to the issue.
5.    Ability to formulate an approach to address the issues that takes account of 1–4.

Additional tips and things to get you thinking

Now, we don’t guarantee that you’ll be asked about your shortcomings, but it is recommended to have an overall sense of “who you are” and a level of comfort with yourself and your knowledge before heading to an interview. Here is a list of tips and other things to get you thinking about the types of questions they may ask, and to help get you prepared:

  • Don’t have Skype? Get it. Learn about it. Be prepared to know how it works. Especially learn the instant messaging button as this is where you will read the interview questions.
  • Be yourself. Putting on an act to impress people is rarely successful, is usually transparent, and is most often a turnoff.
  • Dress appropriately. No one wants to see you just out of bed, in a T-shirt, or wearing exercise gear. You are interviewing for a professional degree!
  • If you are invited to ask questions, have some! Be prepared to speak about yourself and your interests outside of dentistry.
  • No note-taking permitted!
  • Take a deep breath. The interviewers are people, just like you. They understand that you will be nervous and will factor that in when they interview you.
  • There won’t be any breaks. Use the washroom beforehand. You may have a glass of water on hand should you need it.
  • The questions are not “black and white,” “right or wrong.” The interviewers are interested in your passion for dentistry, your thought processes, your communication skills, and your personality. They want to know what you think and who you are, not what edentulous means (they already know that!).
  • Familiarise yourself with the Sydney Dental School. Find out who is in charge and understand the faculty structure. What is the dental school known for? Why is that a good fit for you?
  • Turn. Your. Cellphone. Off.
  • What makes you stand out from other applicants? (But don’t brag!)
  • Don’t lie. Answer questions as honestly as possible.
  • Do you have weaknesses? What are they? Are you working on them?
  • Know the dental profession—its past, its present, its future. This shows you would like to invest your life in the profession.
  • Where do you see yourself 5, 10, 20 years from now?
  • Be prepared to talk about your undergrad degree.

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If you have any questions regarding your Sydney Dental School interview, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Sydney Dental School interview process

From July 28 – August 1, 2014 & August 4 – 5, 2014, Sydney Dental School applicants will be undertaking multi-mini interviews for admission into the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program for the 2015 intake.

Many former OzTREKK students have reported that the interview “wasn’t as bad as they expected.”

Sydney Dental School

Learn more about Sydney Dental School

As part of the application process, interviews are mandatory and are often a cause of unease with prospective students. Like a job interview, it is best to exhibit a professional, competent, and likable personality—like we needed to tell you that! But, to err on the side of caution, OzTREKK has compiled some interview tips!

Prepare your equipment

On the day of your interview, you must log into Skype and be ready at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. Your interview will likely last at least 45 minutes; however, you should allow at least one hour in addition to this time in case there is a delay, or there is a need to clarify a matter. Internet and computer glitches often come at the most inopportune time!

You should use the most reliable method of connection available for your interview (e.g., a wired computer connection, where possible.)  Wireless connection can be used, provided that it is sufficiently reliable to complete the interview process. Imagine beginning your interview with shady internet connection—yikes!

Can’t attend your interview at the specified time? You must contact the Admissions Office as a matter of urgency. The Admissions Office will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your needs, but cannot guarantee that an alternative interview time will be available.

Do you need to bring anything to the interview?

For verification purposes, you must bring photographic identification (passport or driver’s license) to the interview. Have it ready, at your computer, to show at the beginning of your interview. Now is not the time to go fishing through your purse or digging in your wallet.

Please note that if you do not bring photographic identification to the interview, the Sydney Dental School reserves the right to cancel your interview.  In that event, your application for admission to the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) in 2015 will be deemed to have lapsed, and will not be considered further.

What should you know?

Don’t call them, they’ll call you. Please do not contact the Admissions Office or any of the interviewers via Skype at any time. The office will be running many interviews over a period of time, none of which can be interrupted.

Prior to your interview day, you will be sent a “Contact request” via Skype from the Admissions Office, which you should accept as soon as possible.

Position yourself in a way that your face can be clearly seen on the camera. Don’t sit with a strong light behind you. When discussing the question with the interviewer, please look directly at the camera on your computer. Have your photo ID ready to be shown to the camera.

In the event that the connection fails during your interview, please do not try to contact the Admissions Office or your interviewer. Faculty staff will try to  re-establish the connection via Skype or call you on the contact number you provided at the interview booking stage to sort out the issue. You may be  re-interviewed for that station at the end of the entire 45 minutes.

What to expect

The multi-mini interview (MMI) is an assessment of applicants’ personal and professional attributes. It is designed to test your reasoning and problem-solving skills in a range of areas that the Sydney Dental School considers important in entry-level students, as well as your values and commitment.

The assessment is conducted through a range of different authentic scenarios that test specific characteristics. There will be 5 stations of 7 minutes each, with a turnaround time of 2 minutes.  Each station samples different aspects of professionalism according to a carefully designed framework.

At the commencement of the interview, the first interviewer will appear on the screen. Say hello to him or her. Once the bell rings, you will be sent the first scenario via ‘Instant Message’ on Skype. Read the first sentence of the scenario aloud to the interviewer.

What exactly are they looking for in a candidate?

Sydney Dental School will be looking for the following skills and attributes from applicants:

1.    Knowledge relevant to the question.
2.    The capacity to draw implications from that knowledge.
3.    Insight into their own attitudes and views relevant to the issue.
4.    Insight into other people’s attitudes and views relevant to the issue.
5.    Ability to formulate an approach to address the issues that takes account of 1–4.

Additional tips and things to get you thinking

Now, we don’t guarantee that you’ll be asked about your shortcomings, but it is recommended to have an overall sense of “who you are” and a level of comfort with yourself and your knowledge before heading to an interview. Here is a list of tips and other things to get you thinking about the types of questions they may ask, and to help get you prepared:

  • Don’t have Skype? Get it. Learn about it. Be prepared to know how it works. Especially learn the instant messaging button as this is where you will read the interview questions.
  • Be yourself. Putting on an act to impress people is rarely successful, is usually transparent, and is most often a turnoff.
  • Dress appropriately. No one wants to see you just out of bed, in a T-shirt, or wearing exercise gear. You are interviewing for a professional degree!
  • If you are invited to ask questions, have some! Be prepared to speak about yourself and your interests outside of dentistry.
  • Take a deep breath. The interviewers are people, just like you. They understand that you will be nervous and will factor that in when they interview you.
  • There won’t be any breaks. Use the washroom beforehand. You may have a glass of water on hand should you need it.
  • The questions are not “black and white,” “right or wrong.” The interviewers are interested in your passion for dentistry, your thought processes, your communication skills, and your personality. They want to know what you think and who you are, not what edentulous means (they already know that!).
  • Familiarise yourself with the Sydney Dental School. Find out who is in charge and understand the faculty structure. What is the dental school known for? Why is that a good fit for you?
  • Turn. Your. Cellphone. Off.
  • What makes you stand out from other applicants? (But don’t brag!)
  • Don’t lie. Answer questions as honestly as possible.
  • Do you have weaknesses? What are they? Are you working on them?
  • Know the dental profession—its past, its present, its future. This shows you would like to invest your life in the profession.
  • Where do you see yourself 5, 10, 20 years from now?
  • Be prepared to talk about your undergrad degree.

*

If you have any questions regarding your Sydney Dental School interview, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355! Find out how OzTREKK helps you to study in Australia!