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Manual Dexterity Task 4
Using the piece of paper provided and the instructions below, create an origami crane to the best of your ability. You will be given 5 minutes to complete this task.
Excellent Candidate Approach
Key Tip: creating origami structures is an intricate process, and much like complex dental procedures requires patience and stamina. Therefore, it is important to practice and familiarise yourself with these skills.
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