What are you doing?! Get back to your Christmas festivities! You shouldn't be doing interview revision now!
What? You just want a quick lesson on midwifery scenario interview questions and then you'll get back to stuffing your goose and steaming your pudding?
Oh alright then.
Midwifery scenario interview questions can be terrifically hard to prepare for. Admissions tutors usually ask you at least one of these 'how would you act in xyz situation' questions. You have to think on your feet. You won't be be 100% certain about your answer, and this can mean you freeze.
But: the interviewers are looking for potential, not perfection.
A few techniques you can use for midwifery scenario interview questions:
1. Don't feel like you have to answer immediately. It's not snapchat 🙂 It's fine, and even reassuring for the admissions tutors to see you taking a few seconds to think things through.
2. Ask yourself what the question is really asking. Interview questions are always designed to delve deeper than they first appear. Are the admissions tutors looking for you to demonstrate your compassion, empathy, or observational skills? Or are they wondering how much reading around the subject you've been doing? Try to see things from the admissions tutor's point of view and even if you don't give a perfect answer, you'll come up with the quality they wanted to see.
3. It's also a really good idea to state that you'd ask for the help of a qualified midwife you trust, if you're not sure of your answer and it's a question about clinical practice. But don't just says 'I don't know, I'd ask for help'; you have to have a go at a plausible answer.
4. Don't panic and you'll be fine. Even scenario questions which seem completely outside your comfort zone can be unpacked and broken down until they become easy to answer with common sense, woman centred thinking, and a little midwifery knowledge.
Here are some scenario questions for you to try:
1. A busy doctor asks you to give an injection to a lady, telling you it's very important it's given right away. You've only ever given one injection before, under supervision. Your mentor is busy in another room. How do you act?
2. A lady tells you that she doesn't get on with the midwife looking after her, who also happens to be your mentor. She says she has told you this information in confidence and doesn't want you to talk about it to your mentor. What would your actions be?
3. A doctor asks you to chaperone while she undertakes a vaginal examination for a client to check how far dilated she is. The lady repeatedly asks the doctor to stop during the examination as it's painful, but the doctor continues. How would you support the woman in this situation?
4. You are working in a community clinic, and overhear a lady talking loudly in the waiting room about how gay people shouldn't be allowed children. You know one of your clients who is gay is sitting in the same waiting room. She happens to be a quiet, under confident lady. How would you address this situation?
5. How would you feel about caring for a women undergoing a termination of pregnancy for Downs Syndrome?