“What Is the Best Way to Prepare For the Medical School Interview?”
The medical school interview is the final stage you have to complete to get into medical school. When I say final, I truly mean final: the odds are better than 2-1 you’ll get in — if you ace the interview.
No more applications, no more essays, no more paperwork: The interview is IT!
So if you’ve been invited to an interview, or if you’re hoping to get invitations this application cycle, congratulate yourself because you’re really close to beating the game!
The Medical School Interview is The “Final Hurdle” You Will Face
In a way, the medical school interview is like the “final boss” in a video game, or a novel. Think Bowser in the Mario games, or Venom in Spiderman.
And if you’ve played those games, you know that the final stage is such a stressful moment and a big challenge. When you realize how far you have come, and that only one more step can make or break the whole game for you, the stakes feel super high and you might get nervous.
The final boss in a video game isn’t really so tough if you know his vulnerabilities — the “trick” you need to know to easily finish the final stage, the chink in the boss’ armor that will let you finish him off with ease.
But unlike video games, you only have one shot at your medical school interview. You can’t save your game and reload if you mess up, so you need to learn all of the tricks before you sit down in front of the interviewers.
Different Medical School, Different Interview
It’s tough to know all of the tricks you’ll need to defeat the interview because each medical school is subtly different: Different questions, different format, and different standards of etiquette.
Some medical schools run notoriously difficult interviews, and others are a little more relaxed. Most will try to catch you off guard with awkward, contentious questions you might not be too comfortable answering, and others just want you to feel at home.
And while you’re preparing for the interview, minor distractions about the minute details are going distract you: “What should I wear? When should I show up? Can I say “this” and not “that,” especially if the interviewer says “such and such?”
Anticipating what is to come is an excellent strategy, and it’s good to get the little details out of the say so you can prepare for the big, important, meaty questions that the outcome of your interview depends on.
You Must be able to Answer Any Question With Ease
Here’s what students want to know about what’s coming ahead:
- What are the interview questions I’m most likely going to have to answer?
- How do I respond to the common questions without sounding fake?
- What should I do when I get asked a question that makes me uncomfortable?
- Is there anything I can’t talk about?
- How are medical schools different? How is the interview at (insert name of school)?
- What should I wear? When should I show up?
- Do I need to write thank you letters after the interview is over? How do I do that?
- How do I find a mock interview?
Application Burnout & Overconfidence Can Tank Your Interviews
I need to warn you about two things that I see in a lot of premeds who reach this stage of the admissions game: Burnout, and over-confidence.
Now that you’ve tackled your undergraduate prerequisites, the primary application, the personal statement and the secondary application, you might be thinking: “Enough! Let’s just get this over with already!” I call that the burned out premed — overwhelmed by the whole process and daunted by yet another step.
Or, you might think: “I’ve done all of these super hard things to get to where I am now, how is the interview going to be any different? I got this.” I call that the over-confident premed.
Poor Preparation, Poor Interview
Whether you’re burned out or over-confident, the result is usually the same – Feeling wiped out or cocky, you walk into the interview without much preparation, hoping that “winging it” will impress the interviewing committee, even though you don’t know what to expect.
You get blind-sighted by the questions, you forget the things you said in your primary application, and your answers are a jumbled stammering mess of inconsistent statements.
“Proper Prior Preparation Prevents Piss-Poor Performance”
I had a college professor who used this saying incessantly in our Biology course and our class used to groan quietly when he used this saying. But it stuck with me throughout my professional life, and those words run through my head whenever I listen to a premed stress about the interview. The allure of alliteration!
The interview is only a roadblock if you don’t do your preparation. You must take the time to educate yourself about what’s to come.
I’ve Been helping Premeds Ace The Interview For 18 Years
Having worked with thousands of premeds for over 18 years, the medical school interview is no mystery to me.
I’ve gone through the med school interview with my premed clients thousands of times. I know all the twists and turns and potholes you’ll encounter in the interview, and I’ve been a calm and confident guide to worried premeds for years.
Introducing My Online Course:
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I’ve helped thousands of premeds one-on-one with their interviews — by sharing the common questions and how to respond to them, school-specific strategies, what to do, and what to say.
I was communicating my huge strategy guide only to individual premeds — a tactic I’ve now realized is not the most efficient way to communicate information! I spent so many hours saying the same thing over-and-over, and I charged a lot of money for it! (My one-on-one interview service went for $1000 back in the day!)
To save myself a whole lot of one-on-one time, and to save you a bunch of money, I documented and recorded everything I know about the interview, and packaged it all into an online course available to all of you.
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“The Medical School Interview Video Course” Will Prepare You For All Scenarios
“The Medical School Interview Video Course” is an all-online course covers that covers every scenario you’ll face in your medical school interview.
Nothing will surprise you when you walk into the interview room after you’ve taken “The Medical School Interview Video Course.”
Surprises might be fun in video games and movies, but they’re not fun when your acceptance is on the line!
“The Medical School Interview Video Course” Also Includes:
- 19 videos – Admissions expert Don Osborne coaches you through the whole interview process
- A PDF Workbook – A handy overview of the whole Course, for easy reference.
- Interview experiences – Learn from the successes and failures of other premeds, and see how they reacted to the questions they were asked.
- Sample Thank You cards to show you how to properly follow-up after your interviews.
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It’s all-online, so there are no books to lug around or DVDs to juggle.
And you can print out the PDFs and use them as a reference guide while you travel to your interview, if you’d like to have a paper guide.
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Course Review – Doug Doehrman, MD From StudyBypass.com
The Medical School Interview Video Course Has:
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- The interview questions you’re most likely to encounter – Don’t be caught off guard
- How to respond to the common questions with confidence – To make you sound as polished as possible
- How to handle the uncomfortable questions and situations – Be confident and poised
- A big discussions on what NOT to talk about – Don’t leave a bad impression!
- In-depth review of the medical school interviews at many different medical schools
- What to wear, when to show up, and what kind of etiquette the interviewers expect
- How to write a thank you letter, and how to know when to write a thank you letter
- How to answer the ethics questions
- What to do if your interview goes South on you.
- How to handle the Multiple Medical Interviews (MMI) format
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Testimonials – How This Course Has Helped Real Premeds
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