How to Prepare for Online Medical Interviews

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2020-10-20

Practical tips for preparing and sitting an online interview.

What is An Online Medical Interview?

An online medical interview is held over Zoom, Microsoft Teams or other video conferencing platforms.

It serves the same purpose as a face-to-face interview, which is to select applicants with personal and professional attributes to develop into competent medical practitioners.

How Can I Prepare for an Online Interview?

An online interview may be an unfamiliar experience for you: 

- Familiarise yourself by conducting mock online interviews with a family member or friends.

- Record your practice sessions for review:

  • Is your speech clear, measured and delivered effectively? 
  • Do you display any undesirable habits, such as fidgeting?
  • Can you improve your presentation, for example by making more hand gestures to emphasise your message?
  • Are you making good eye contact? Position your computer so that you can look near the camera, rather than looking directly at the screen.
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What Should I Avoid?

Relying on On-screen Notes

You may think that an online interview would be easier if you have some keynotes stuck on your screen or somewhere unnoticeable to the interviewers. The reality is, they can easily notice your eyes rolling around. Plus, if there’s something you feel is worthy of making a note, you should’ve practiced enough times to know it well.

Wearing Casual Clothes

Avoid dressing too casually. Dressing smartly and professionally not only leaves a good first impression on the interviewers, but helps you psychologically to be in the right mindset. You will be able to maintain a healthy level of tension to help you stay focused on the interview.

Rushing Into Your Answer

It is very easy to talk over people during an online call. Pause before answering a question to make sure that the interviewer has finished speaking. This also gives you some time to organise your thoughts before articulating your response.

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