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Manual Dexterity Task 7
Using the pipe cleaners present, as well as the visual instructions below, re-create the four plait shown. With the remaining time available, the examiner will ask you to provide examples of when you have been required to utilise your manual dexterity skills.
Excellent Candidate Approach
Key Tip: There are many examples that could be used when describing a situation in which you have developed your manual dexterity skills. These can range from extracurricular achievements, such as playing a musical instrument, or day-to-day hobbies, for example knitting or sewing.
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