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Manual Dexterity Task 10
There is a box of Lego pieces provided to you by the examiner. Using these components, create the model car shown in the picture. Whilst doing this, the examiner will ask you to discuss your work experience, and what you learnt during this time.
Excellent Candidate Approach
Key Tip: This station will test your multitasking ability. It is vital that you complete and give equal weighting to both tasks, and not solely focus on creating the model, for example. A common pitfall is to overlook the importance of non-verbal skills including eye contact when communicating with the examiner.
The 4 Cs of Manual Dexterity
Calculation – Ensure that you offer a calculated, planned approach rather than rushing into the task. This is best accomplished by:
- Taking 30 seconds to review the instructions provided before commencing the task
- Ensuring that you have a good understanding of the end target/requirement
Composure – Stay calm and always remember - if you are finding the task challenging, so are other applicants. More important than completing the task successfully, is demonstrating composure and calmness akin to a qualified dentist and this is what interviewers will be monitoring closely.
Co-ordination – Manual Dexterity tasks often test hand-eye co-ordination; ensure that you practice a wide range of manual dexterity tasks prior to your dentistry interviews.
Communication – Approximately one-third of manual dexterity stations will have another participant/actor in the room. In these stations, it is advised to communicate your actions/steps taken to better demonstrate your structured approach