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Manual Dexterity Task 9
There is a drawing present on the table in front of you. Using the A4 piece of plain paper and biro pen provided, try to replicate as much of this drawing as possible.
Excellent Candidate Approach
Key Tip: This task requires a steady hand; therefore, it is important to remain calm and unwavering, and focus on the task at hand. Don't worry about not completing the drawing – this station is all about hand stability, and whether you are able to maintain composure in a stressful environment.
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