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Prospective medical students undergo mock interviews

Prospective medical students undergo mock interviews
Mr Richard Stringer, student recruitment officer at the University of Nottingham.
Friday 5th December 2014 by C. Freeman

A delegate from the University of Nottingham conducted mock interviews with some of our Sixth Formers to help prepare them for interview for a coveted place at medical school.

Richard Stringer, a student recruitment officer, regularly visits schools and gives talks, workshops and master-classes to promote the university, its courses and range of facilities. He said: ‘I have been doing some University mock interviews for students to prepare them for the real thing that will be happening any time now. I give them feedback about their answers and things they may wish to improve on.

‘The University of Nottingham is a research- based university and the main Park campus has 300 acres of parkland. Queen’s Medical centre is a huge teaching hospital a stone’s throw away so a lot of teaching will be done there. We also have partner hospital schools around the Midlands as well that we work with.

‘We receive around 10 to 12 applications for every place so competition is pretty fierce. Work experience for these students is really important, as well as further reading to make sure they are aware of current issues in the NHS and government policy. The students need to have a good knowledge of the sector and we offer about 240 medical places every year.

‘I hope that, as a result of these mock interviews, they will feel more confident, more prepared and hopefully it will calm any anxieties they have about what questions will come their way in the real thing. It is a good chance for us to help students in their journey to higher education.’

Head of Sixth Form, Gerry Witt said: ‘We are really grateful to Mr Stringer for all the input he has given our students at this crucial stage in their application process. The more prepared they are the better, so his guidance and feedback has been invaluable and much appreciated.’

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