Applicants who have succeeded at the Personal Statement stage of the selection process will be invited for interview. Since 2016, we have been using a Multiple Mini Interview format for our interviews; a seven-station multiple assessment which will evaluate each candidate's skills and attributes and ensure that we select the best candidates for the Nursing and Midwifery professions.
This process assesses each candidate's non-cognitive abilities, such as empathy, integrity, teamworking and communication skills. These were identified by NIPEC as the key skills and attributes needed to be an exceptional nurse or midwife in the Gateway to Nursing project.
When you arrive, you will go to the registration desk at the time you've been given, and present all of the paperwork you have been asked to bring. You will then be shown to a waiting room, and undergo a briefing on the process. You will then be brought to your interview circuit, and the interviews will begin. There is a short video at the bottom of this page to show how the process works.
The MMIs will be held on the University campus. The process will take up to one and a half hours in total including the interview, briefing session, verification of identity and other paperwork. The interviews will be conducted by members of academic staff and professional nurses and midwives. Only in exceptional circumstances will we interview candidates via Skype (for example international students who cannot travel).
The interview is your opportunity to show us that you have the qualities and attributes required to be a good nurse or midwife. There will be a list of items to bring with you in your interview letter. Please read it carefully and bring everything listed; good preparation is key to a successful interview.
The format will be as follows:
The stations will test values such as communication, empathy, accountability, integrity and trust. A number of the stations will have Simulated Patients and you will be given specific everyday scenarios that you will be required to respond to. Simulated patients are role players who have specific training in MMIs and will help you to engage in the scenarios.
If you bring someone with you for support, we recommend that you find a coffee shop nearby where they can wait in comfort as there will not be space for them to wait at the interview venue. The Hope Cafe in the McClay Library may be a suitable option.
If you cannot attend or are late please let us know. Only in exceptional circumstances will we be able to reschedule.
The stations do not require any technical skills – they are designed to find out if you would make a good nurse or midwife and to find out why you have chosen this career. At each station the interviewer will use a grid to record scores on each aspect of your performance. The simulated patients (role players) will provide the interviewers with feedback which will contribute to the overall score.
We do not currently test for Maths or English, and you are not required to sit the HPAT test.
There are sample station videos available on the School of Medicine & Dentistry's website here (please remember that we run a slightly different process and we work to different dates!)
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