Saturday, 6 September 2014

What To Expect On The Day of Your DF1 Interview


Following my previous post about preparing for your DF1 interview, here is an outline of what to expect on the day of that dreaded assessment!





LAST MINUTE ADVICE


Don't lose your head! 
It'll probably be the most nervous day you've ever had, but don't panic! Take deep breaths, have a good breakfast, stay hydrated and remember, everyone is in the same boat!

Remember to take all your required documents
These are listed in your email containing your offer for interview. Take photocopies of each document just in case too. If you don't have everything however don't panic - you can send them in afterwards if need be.

Also if you know somebody who has had their interview before yours, don't talk to them! 
There are lots of different scenarios and it'll just distract you. If you've prepared properly and as long as you think before you speak, you'll do fine!

Arrive in plenty of time
This will allow you to find where you are supposed to go whilst remaining calm!

Look the part
First impressions count so dress smartly, it is an interview after all



HOW IS THE DAY ORGANISED?

The order of the day will vary according to which group you're put in, but if it's the same as last year there will be 3 parts:

1. Communication station - you will be given the scenario to read before you enter the station and its lasts 10 minutes.
For me this scenario was explaining treatment options to a patient (an actor) for a traumatised 11 with an enamel-dentine fracture with no other clinical or radiographic pathology evident.
Remember to use layman's terms when explaining diagnoses and treatment plans, be honest about the prognosis of different options and know the NHS price bands.

2. Professionalism and leadership station - again you will be given the scenario before entering and is also 10 minutes.
This scenario for me was untreated periodontal disease in a patient who was being seen by a colleague and how you would manage this.
Remember not to implicate your colleague, mention looking through the notes, speaking to your trainer maybe before your colleague and you can mention patient compliance and competence too. 

3. Situational Judgement Test - this was 90 minutes last year, which was just enough time in my opinion. Keep an eye on the time!


And now that it's over you can celebrate, you've earned it!  
How are you planning to celebrate? Let me know in the comments below!


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