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Manual Dexterity Task 12
There are a selection of pipe cleaners present on the table. You will be required to bend these to create a cuboidal structure that is able to stand without support.
Excellent Candidate Approach
Key Tip: Before starting this task, try to plan or prepare how you will create the structure, and explain your thought process to the examiner as you do this, as this will show them your structured, calculated approach.
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