I'm so happy I can give you this Midwifery interview practice. This is a Mock Interview, which you can ‘attend’ at home!
If you've got an interview coming up, well done, that’s an amazing achievement 🙂
But don't get caught out - Getting an interview is just the first hurdle.
As a young student out of college, I just had passion and commitment. I struggled at midwifery interviews because I had no idea what was expected. I cracked it eventually, but it took a huge amount of determination, reading around the subject, and practice.
These days it’s even more competitive. The reality is, many future midwives will do two or more cycles before they train. As a qualified midwife who offers interview/application coaching, I know students often fall into two categories. They think:
'It'll be alright on the night.'
'It’s up to the admissions tutors, they’ll see if I'm right to be a midwife.'
But how you perform isn't inevitable. It’s up to you! Being good at interviews is a life skill!
Midwives who are admissions tutors are wonderful; I know, because they taught me. They lecture, do postgrad study, work clinically and often have families to look after, all at the same time. I respect them so much.
But………..they're not psychic or magic! They don't have some super power which tells them how good a midwife you're going to be! If you don't show it then they won't know it!
Admissions tutors choose the midwives of tomorrow based on:
1. Maths and English tests
2. A group interview, or another task, and
3. A panel interview of no more than 20 minutes*
(Disclaimer: all universities differ in their interviews, this is the average amount of info an admissions tutor will gain.)
Your time with the admissions tutors is really short, and the interviews are not in depth; successful applicants know how to say a lot in a few words. To be successful you need to learn interview technique, and give enough insight to show you've gone above and beyond. Your style, presentation and recall of relevant information will be really important.
So how you can do this? First, do the mock interview above, and for the love of all things midwifery VIDEO YOURSELF DOING IT! This is a top tip from the careers consulting world.
Playing it back will show you so much about your presentation, body language, gaps in your knowledge and how long you can 'run' with a particular question. You can look at how it flows and make sure that your answers are rich in resources, academic and practical knowledge.
MidwifeDiaries has tonnes of free support available. Check out the midwifery interview practice series and videos. Come and see us on The Secret Community For Midwives In The Making for support. Get to grips with Cochrane, CEMACE, NICE, and read widely. Get friends and family to spot check you with midwifery interview practice questions, or book a midwifery mock interview with me for a realistic interview with detailed feedback and advice.
You don't need to know in depth midwifery ‘cause you’ll get that when you train.
But you do need to comfortably and confidently show insight and knowledge to prove you've gone above and beyond. Remember - If you don't show it then they won't know it!
Thank you so much for reading, I really hope this helps. I'm so passionate about getting the skilled women I work with out into the workplace as student midwives and then qualified!
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