The medical school interview might seem like a daunting challenge, but you can ease most of the pressure and hone your interviewing skills by reading med school interview stories from premeds who have already completed the interview process.
The “wild card” question
The possibility that the interviewer asks a “wild card” question — something really unexpected — is a stressful thought because most of us would rather stick to our script than improvise on the fly. One student (post #48) was caught off guard when he was asked about the book he was reading. The student brought up The Lord of the Rings, and was asked what the Ring did. After a lengthy series of questions about what powers the ring had the interviewer went into issues related to aging. Since you never know what the topic will be (and this student interviewing at Columbia didn’t), you need to prepared for wild card questions by conducting practice interviews with your friends and other premeds.
“My interviewer is a robot! Help!”
Most interviewers are warm and friendly, but sometimes the medical school interview is an uncomfortably formal experience. This student (post #33) relates that Ohio State has an interviewer that was nearly robotic, and would give brief, disengaged responses to the student’s answers. If you find yourself in this situation, just be OK with your interviewers giving short and detached responses. Be yourself, tell your story, and let them react however they would like to react. You’re prepared, and you’re awesome, so there is no need to be insecure about a robotic response.
Keep your cool – chances are your interview will be routine
It is important to remember that the average medical school interview isn’t very exciting or terrifying, and it’s only easy to find the horror stories you read online because they’re so much more fun to read! Most med school applicants face very routine questions from cordial and warm interviewers, and becoming familiar with those routine interview questions is hugely helpful because the odds are that you will be asked what most applicants in the past have been asked.
What is a routine interview?
A medical school interview is a cross between a personal sales pitch and a oral exam, so be able to sell the interviewers on your motivations to medicine well before going in for the interview. Coming up with succinct responses to the most common questions will give you a polished and professional presentation that is sure to impress the interviewers. The medical school interview video course teaches you the best ways to respond to all the common interview questions.
Put your best foot forward and carry with you the belief that you can do it, and medicals school want you.