Every premed enters the medical school interview with hope, and sometimes, a whole lot of anxiety! All your hard work leads to this moment: all the college classes, all the studying for the MCAT, and all the applications have prepared you to show medical schools that you’re ready to take a seat as a student in their program.
Medical school interview questions can be challenging, but a little preparation will pay off — big time. Follow these medical school interview tips and you’re sure to impress.
Medical School Interview Tips
Present the most confident you — Medical schools want students that will interact with peers, patients and coworkers with poise. Maintain eye contact with whomever you are speaking, keep good posture and speak clearly. But don’t get cocky — many younger premeds confuse boastful self-promotion and “swagger” with mature confidence.
Draw from your past interviews — The medical school interview isn’t too different from other important interviews you’ve experienced in the past, so draw from your previous interview experiences. Try to remember what worked in those interviews, and what didn’t. Think back to the way interviewers in the past reacted to you, and focus on the techniques that caused a positive reaction.
Don’t repeat your application word-for-word — You will definitely want to discuss and expand upon the accomplishments and personal stories you discussed in your applications, but don’t memorize and regurgitate what you have already said. Be prepared to say more about those experiences.
Practice Aloud — Practicing your interview aloud will help you to polish your conversational abilities and pinpoint which details you should include, and which areas need improvement. Ask a practice partner to tell you if you sound confident, cocky, scatter-brained or well put together. After several rounds of practice with a few different partners, you’ll have a really slick presentation.
School-specific preparation — Pay close attention to the school-specific primary and secondary application questions that you may have answered. Chances are, those questions will show up again at the interview.
There’s no doubt that the medical school interview is a scary task, but you’ve aced interviews in the past and you’re sure to ace this one too — if you take the time to prepare. All it takes is knowledge of the questions you’re most likely to be asked, and a basic understanding of the etiquette and preparation tips you’ll need to polish your performance.
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