What can you do in a medical school interview to make an admissions committee want you? More than impressing the committee or satisfying their basic requirements, what kind of responses to medical school questions are the best, winning answers that make you the most likable candidate in the field?
The best, winning answers are enthusiastic. Enthusiasm is what transforms a medical school interview from the unremarkably stodgy evaluation of yourself into a lively conversation that admissions committee members remember right until the moment they choose to accept you.
Medical school questions: The best winning answers are enthusiastic
Try to remember an enthusiastic person in your life who was likable — a magnetic personality. Think of a person in your life who has enlivened a topic you typically find dry and boring. Was it a history teacher with a tenacious love for the Democratic process that made you reconsider your views, or a Biology Professor so captivated by prokaryotes that you couldn’t help but to hang onto their every word?
Those types of people aren’t simply knowledgeable — we’ve all encountered very knowledgeable people who are boring — they possess an almost child-like love and enthusiasm for their topic that lights up a room.
It’s not your answers, it’s you
To be the likable candidate — the one that medical schools want in their schools — you need to be passionate and enthusiastic about medicine.
Here’s what you shouldn’t do: You shouldn’t be the somber, stoic person that dryly communicates an artificially formal “fascination” with medicine. Those types of applicants — with no more personality than the drywall hanging in the room — are what medical school admissions committees see all day.
What the interviewer doesn’t see every day is a person pleased to share their passion for medicine. Try to be like the person that made you change your mind about history, biology, or whatever, because your earnest interview will make the admissions committee place their full support behind you.
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