<br><h3> Chapter One </h3> <b>INTRODUCTION</b> <p> <p> The aim of this short book is simple. It is to make sure that you're successful in your next medical job interview. It is quite possible to be a wonderful medical student or doctor with encyclopaedic knowledge of medical conditions, first-class clinical skills and a terrific rapport with all your patients, but if you can't perform well in the job interviews then you will get nowhere. This book sets out to give you tips that will be equally relevant, whether you are a final-year medical student applying for your first house job, i.e to become an 'FY1', an 'FY2' (the new name for a senior house officer) trying to break through onto the specialist registrar career ladder, or if you are reaching the end of your specialist registrar training and are seeking appointment to your first consultant post. <p> Note that virtually all that is contained in this book is relevant to the UK system of medical training. Graduates in Ireland and Western Europe may find some of the information useful. But we must leave it up to colleagues in the USA and Canada to decide whether they feel that this 'very British approach' is of any benefit in winning over interview panels in North America! Readers outside the United Kingdom may be surprised to learn that face-to-face interviews for the very junior hospital posts in Britain no longer occur. Instead, much is done via an online process, so the chance for candidates to excel in their oral interview performance has been lost. However, in some countries where this book is used, these lower level interviews still take place, and we have recognised that fact in many of the following chapters, retaining comments on optimal strategies for junior-level interviews where relevant. <p> Even British graduates need to appreciate that we are giving advice from the point of view of hospital doctors. I am a hospital consultant who has worked his way up through the British <i>hospital</i> medical career ladder. My new co-author is also progressing up the specialty training route. A rather different emphasis and series of tricks are needed in breaking into the world of general practice. All the same, some of the tips that we give here may at least be starters for someone approaching an interview to be a registrar in general practice, or even seeking appointment to their first post as principal in GP-land. <p> The astonishing thing about most British medical graduates is that although they prepare in enormous detail for clinical medical school exams and for postgraduate diplomas, such as the MRCP(UK), MRCOG, FRCS and so on, most of them put relatively little thought into planning their strategy for handling a medical job interview. This is a grave error since there is no doubt that good interview technique can be learned. Some people begin their careers already good at it, but others are so bad that they could only be described as appalling in an interview, and it is this latter group who most need to do their homework prior to facing an interview panel! <p> Throughout this book we've tended to use the word 'he' when, of course, we mean 'he or she'. Writing 'he or she' every time becomes clumsy. <p> If you have suggestions for future editions of this book, please email <b>firstname.lastname@example.org.</b> <p> <i>(Continues...)</i> <p> <p> <!-- copyright notice --> <br></pre> <blockquote><hr noshade size='1'><font size='-2'> Excerpted from <b>Getting that Medical Job</b> by <b>Colin J. Mumford Suvankar Pal</b> Copyright © 2010 by Colin J. Mumford and Suvankar Pal. Excerpted by permission of John Wiley & Sons. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.<br>Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.