A prioritisation station is when you’re asked to prioritise a number of things with a specific scenario in mind. For example, you may be asked to choose five out of 10 items to take camping with you – or be given details of six people and asked who you’d prioritise to take with you on a trip.
This type of station is designed to test your ability to cope well under pressure in timed conditions, as well as your rational thinking.
Some example prioritisation tasks include:
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The prioritisation station is really a test of your ability to think rationally under pressure – so take a moment to calm yourself and consider each object or individual given.
For example, if the station asks you to select five objects to take on a camping holiday, think about:
Ground your selections in rational thinking and make sure you consider each object carefully so you can explain your reasoning to your interviewer.
Another way to approach this, after considering each object you chose and explaining your reasoning, is to briefly explain why you didn’t select certain objects. For example:
The best thing to do in these situations is to communicate your thought process aloud to show that you can think clearly in these circumstances.
For example, if you’re at a station asking you to select five people to save from nuclear attack, remember that you’re being assessed on your reasoning for selecting them. Be prepared to explain aloud why you chose each one – whether it’s their occupation or the fact that they may work well with another person on the list.
All stations during your MMI will be timed, but this one may feel particularly pressured. However, it’s important not to panic.
Don’t feel so overwhelmed by the time frame that you rush straight into selecting objects or individuals immediately without considering why. Taking a few moments to calm yourself at the beginning of the station will make your decisions much better.
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