If you’re expecting to attend a medical school interview anytime soon you’ll be wondering, “What questions will I be asked during the medical school interview?”
Here’s are the questions you can expect to hear at your interview:
“What makes you capable to become a doctor?”
Relate experiences where you stood out as a leader, a scientist, a scholar, or a communicator to show the interviewers that you have proven yourself capable to meet all the different challenges you will face as a doctor.
“Do you have any specific motivation to a certain area of medicine?”
An impressive answer to this question will communicate your exploration of a specialty in medicine, or a long-term goal for your medical career. Specificity is key here — vague answers about “helping a lot of people” won’t impress. Also, don’t lie: If don’t yet have a specific motivation for a special area of medicine, let the committee know that you’ve explored different areas of medicine but you’re not ready to commit to one area.
“How have your past experiences prepared you for medical school?”
A good strategy here is to use your personal statement as a launching point for your response. Bring up stories from your personal statement that demonstrate that you are prepared to become a doctor, and give the interviewers further insight. Don’t just regurgitate your essay! Give them more!
“Tell us some more about yourself. What is your background, and what are your interests outside of medicine?”
This is a general question intended to give the interviewers a sense for what kind of person you are on a day-to-day basis; Your hobbies, your family background, and other interests you have outside of the medical realm. Don’t worry, this isn’t a trick question meant to trip you up.
“Why this school?”
Simply put, why do you think the school is for you? Relate your values, long term goals, and professional aspirations to the schools’ program, resources, and opportunities.
Your next step is to write down your answers to the common questions, then practice your presenting your answers aloud with a friend. Have your friend tell you which answers sound natural, unnatural, genuine, or fake and follow our list of medical school interview tips.
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