Applying to Medical School

Common Interview Mistakes

Here is a list of common interview mistakes that medical school applicants make:

1. Not preparing beforehand

2. Dressing inappropriately

3. Arriving late

4. Inability to properly answer why you want to become a doctor

5. Rambling on when answering questions

6. Using clichés when answering a question about your weaknesses

7. Being too certain about a specialty

8. Being too general in your answers

9. Being too confident while answering a question about a controversial topic

10. Accidently or purposely speaking badly of others

11. Bringing up a topic that you are unprepared to talk about

12. Not asking any questions when given the opportunity

13. Not making eye contact

14. Sitting with poor posture

15. Being overly friendly with the interviewer

16. Acting like you know what medicine is “all about”

17. Answering questions too quickly without thinking

18. Not being nice and professional to everyone (including staff and fellow interviewees)

19. Giving the impression that you are unwilling to move geographically

20. Not having concrete reasons why you want to attend that specific school

Edward Chang

Edward Chang is the Co-founder and Director of Operations of He graduated from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and is currently a urology resident at the University of Washington. He also attended UCLA as an undergraduate, graduating with a major in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. If you are interested in contributing to, please contact him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @EdwardChangMD and Prospective Doctor @ProspectiveDr.

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