How many points do I need to get an interview?
By The DermOwls, Dec 28 2015 10:00AM
This is a tricky question to answer because the cut-off depends on how the other applicants score. In 2015 Round 2, the median was 52 and the mean was 50.85. There were 87 applicants.
A few years back, we both went into our interviews with 60 points, putting us in the top 10-15 candidtes in the recruitment process. Obviously, you should aim for as many points as possible and we feel most comfortable sending in our candidates with a minimum of 55 points. You definitely want to be above average. Our last DermOwl success story went into the 2015 Round 2 with 69 points and she ended up ranking in the top 4 out of 87 candidates! Of course, 69 points is a huge achievement and our candidate had been strategically working on her application for years with our guidance.
That being said, if you have less than 55 points don't put off applying; you might still shine in the interview and manage to accumulate enough points to get a number. Remember, the final score is made up 20% from your application and 80% from your interview, so the interview is what really counts!
‘I received great support and tutorage from Dr. Worsnop and Dr. Spierings in preparation for my Dermatology ST3 interview. With their guidance and knowledge I managed to boost my confidence and preparation to rank number one out of the candidates nationally.’
CF, London Trainee
‘I have always been nervous at interviews, and my interview for a number clearly was so important that I was sure my nerves would impede my performance. Dr Worsnop and Dr Spierings provided me with the tools to sell myself effectively to the panel and make myself stand out. The interview could not have gone better and I attribute this entirely to preparation and practice. Thank you, Owls!’
CS, Bristol Trainee