Congratulations! You have been granted an interview for medical school. Be careful and take it seriously; the interview is a great opportunity but can also END your application process.
The purpose of the interview is to evaluate you as a person: are you an interesting person? Are you able to speak in a mature and honest fashion? Can you carry on a conversation on a variety of topics? Here are a few tips to help you impress your interviewer and push your application towards an acceptance!
- Medical school interviews can be in one of several formats. Frequently, interviews are the more traditional one on one style. During these interviews, your attention should be directed to the questions being asked (every question is NOT waiting to hear you say why you want to be a doctor!). Listen to the question and answer or discuss what was asked- not what you think they want to hear. I recommend that students NOT memorize speeches or paragraphs. First of all, if you are anxious you can easily forget what you wanted to say. Second, if the interviewer is interested in something you are saying and wants to discuss that topic – you will now be “off of your rhythm” and forget where you were in your prepared speech. It is much more effective to only remember a few bullet points to answer common questions, such as tell me about yourself and why do you want to be a doctor? Talk about your attributes: volunteering, research, sports, cooking, etc.
- Everyone who conducts interviews does so voluntarily. The interviewee should thank whomever interviews him/her for taking the time to interview (me) today. If you are doing an MMI (multiple mini interview) and meeting multiple interviewers – than thank EACH of them for interviewing you.
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- Whether the interview is the MMI format or one on one format, don’t be intimidated by the clinical scenarios. You are NOT being tested on your medical knowledge. Instead you are being tested on your skills to analyze problems objectively, recognize ethical issues, and utilize available resources (ex. family members present). Most often the clinical information is present to acquire more information, for example- you may verbalize contacting other physicians about the patient’s diagnosis.
- Final advice for the interview. Be yourself. Speak honestly and with conviction.Relax and practice-with your family, friends, mentors, professional services and coaches. Practice in front of a mirror and see what you look like and sound like when you answer questions.