Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Selection interviews - International Applicants


Further information

Interview attire

Applicants must dress appropriately for their interview, i.e. as if attending a professional job interview. This is preparation for being a future health professional.  


Interview attendance

The interview is an important part of the selection process for medicine, dentistry and pharmacy and as such should be treated with the respect and seriousness it deserves.

Interview preparation material is sent to applicants prior to the interview and should be read carefully.

Selection interviews for medicine, dentistry and pharmacy take about 35-45 minutes but the process from arrival to departure may take up to two hours for medicine and pharmacy applicants.  For dental applicants, the whole process (including the spatial awareness test) may take up to three hours.

  1. Interview process
  2. The interviewers
  3. Interview criteria
  4. Interview dates
  5. Interview preparation courses

Interview process

The usual process on the day is for applicants to:

  1. Register with Faculty staff.
  2. Read important information pertaining to the interview.
  3. Prepare for the Explaining Skills Exercise (school leavers and graduate Pharmacy applicants) or the Graduate Presentation Exercise (graduates)
  4. Undertake the in-person portion of the interview with the panel. (All applicants will be asked exactly the same questions in exactly the same manner, so that everybody's interview is as similar as possible.)
  5. Complete the Spatial Awareness test (eligible dentistry applicants only).

Applicants shortlisted for an interview will be sent further information about the day and the nature of the interview closer to the applicable interview period.

The interview format for international aplicants is a structured panel interview.

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The Interviewers

You will be assessed by two people.   The panel is made up of university representatives.  

There may be more than one panel operating simultaneously during the process.

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Interview criteria

The purpose of the interview is to allow applicants an opportunity to display some of the personal qualities considered desirable in medical and dental practitioners and in pharmacists.

There are seven criteria used in the interview each year.  The list of criteria for the interview has been consolidated into nine topics, three of which will be constant across years:

  • Communication Skills
  • Explaining Skills (School Leaver applicants) or Graduate Presentation Exercise (Graduate applicants)
  • Motivation/Commitment to a career in medicine, dentistry or pharmacy.

The remaining four criteria will be selected each year from the following six:

  • Awareness of social diversity
  • Provision of assistance
  • Self-awareness
  • Trust and trustworthiness
  • Values and ethics
  • Working with others

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Interview dates

Applicants must attend their interview in person and are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.  There are no telephone, video-conference or skype interviews.  Please note that not all dates will be available within the periods listed below.

  • mid to late July in Hong Kong.
  • mid to late July in Singapore.
  • late July/early August in Canada
  • August in Perth.

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Interview preparation courses

The Faculty does not recommend or endorse any interview preparation courses.  We do not release any information relating to our interview to any third party.  Interview questions are changed each year and applicants will benefit more from generic interview preparation than interview preparation aimed specifically at UWA medicine, dentistry or pharmacy that is based on previous questions. 

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