Midwifery group interviews are something that seems to worry applicants a bit.
Blimey crickey have I had emails and requests about this topic! I think this is because there’s not much information out there to go on to help you prepare. It’s an interview that has no rules you can revise for, and because it involves other people, it’s an unknown quantity. I remember trying to revise for mine all that time ago, and feeling completely lost.
In today’s Midwife Diaries Channel episode, I talk about how you can become a brilliant midwifery group interviewee:
Though your knowledge and opinions are important, group interviews are more about how you act around others.
These interviews are designed to test your communication, leadership, negotiation and teamwork skills.
You’ll usually be split into groups of around 5-8, be sat in a circle, and you’ll introduce yourselves. You will be supervised by admissions tutors, and perhaps a practising midwife and service user, i.e. a mum who’s recently used maternity services.
The questions and tasks at midwifery group interviews can be on really random things, such as how you’d cope shipwrecked on a desert island! Or they can be about midwifery topics, especially contemporary topics that have been on the news recently, so keeping up to date using blogs and other news sources is a good idea.
The questions are really about prompting conversation.
Here are five things you should make sure you do during a group interview:
- Use good, open body language. Try to aim for a calm, confident posture.
- Make sure you add to the conversation, and loudly enough to be heard!
- Make eye contact with others, smile, and listen actively - if you really take on board what they’re saying, you should find plenty to talk about.
- Bring up a new topic of discussion if possible.
- Remember, you are just as interesting, and your views are just as valid as everyone else’s.
And here are 5 things to avoid:
- Don’t dominate the discussion, your listening skills are just as important as your talking skills.
- Don’t sit with your arms and legs crossed, remember your body language is really important.
- Don’t keep glancing at the admissions tutors to see what they think, immerse yourself in the conversation.
- Avoid saying anything that you wouldn't be happy to say at a panel interview - for instance, don’t hint at being really worried about long hours, or how you will cope with all the study etc. Keep things positive.
- Don’t panic if you don’t know the answer to the question. It’s likely there is no ‘correct’ answer; think calmly and come up with some sensible suggestions and you’ll do fine.
I really hope that helps you get your head around what’s needed at group interviews. The real secret is they're quite simple, just bring yourself! 😉
You can’t for university request reasons, share any specific questions or what universities they came from, but please let us know what you're most worried about at a group interview, or if you've already had one, tell us what you did that worked and what didn’t!
Best of luck with your revision and your application, and please let me know if there's anything you want covering in a video to help by leaving a comment or dropping me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.