FAQs & Information

Group Interview

1. How do I book an interview?

Should your application be shortlisted, you will receive an email which will include a link to our booking website. From there it is first in best dressed, all interview slots are available until they are filled with the maximum number of candidates. At this stage no additional interview times will be available.  There will be interviews for Under Grad and Post Grad so while the interview content will be the same for both you will be able to be in a group interview with your own cohort.  Please ensure you book into the correct interview session relevant to your academic status as we will be unable to change your interview if you book into the wrong interview group.

2. What can I expect in the interview?

The interview panel will consist of one Medical Specialist/Consultant and one member of the Medical Workforce Unit. Up to 6 candidates are interviewed at one time. The focus of the interview is to share information, find out a bit more about you and why you want to complete your internship at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

3. Why do RMH do group interviews when you get to know me better one-on-one?

The Royal Melbourne Hospital focuses on collaboration, unity and teamwork. What better way to kick of your career with us than in a similar environment?! Additionally, it is a lot less daunting interviewing with classmates who are in the same boat as you and feeling the same emotions. Finally, in a group situation, it provides an opportunity to assess you against your colleagues.

4. Will there be an opportunity for questions during the group interview?

Yes, there will be opportunity for questions and general discussion however as there is only 60 mins allocated per interview session there may not be enough time for everyone to ask questions. If you intend on asking a question we ask you to please be mindful of your colleagues and the time constraints.

5. What should I do to prepare for the interview?

Research RMH, use the internet, talk to friends, alumni, colleagues or other people already working at RMH. Use your initiative; ask yourself, what do you think we want to hear from you? Do we want to hear you recite our web page?  Are you telling us something we have already heard before?

Interview Tips & Tricks 101

  • Make sure your mobile phone is switched off (we can still hear phones even if it is on vibrate)
  • Relax and have confidence in your research and preparation
  • Greet all of your interviewers and fellow interviewees
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the interview and allow time for parking or potential public transport delays
  • Avoid both one word answers and also essay-long answers
  • Try to maintain a comfortable level of eye contact and answer questions to both interviewers
  • Speak with clarity and confidence
  • Try not to answer questions in a generic fashion for example, it's always best to give an example to substantiate what you are saying
  • Be mindful, considerate and respectful of the other interviewees

Do not ask a question for the sake of asking it. Remember if you ask a question, we assume your asking it because you don't know the answer.

Medical Workforce

1. How do I select which rotations I want?

Soon after contracts go out to successful applicants, a roster and leave preference form is also sent out. The roster preference form will contain many different options for rotations spread out over the entire year, all of which need to be numbered from most desirable to least desirable. The forms are then used by MWU to find a fair balance that generates the highest number of desirable outcomes for the largest number of interns.

2. How much leave are interns given and how is it allocated?

Interns accrue 5 weeks annual leave. Two weeks is to be taken during the year and the remaining three at the end of your internship. Allocation is determined from a preference form for annual leave which is submitted with your rotation preference form.

3. Do I get paid overtime?

Yes – all rostered overtime will be paid. Unrostered overtime (which is minimal) is paid once appropriate authorisation have been received.

Medical Education Unit

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Page updated 6 June 2015