Guide to Medical School Interviews


No matter how great your application looks on paper, the interview portion of the medical school admissions process is what sets you apart from the competition.

If you’re applying to medical school, chances are you have an impressive background with a combination of good grades, high test scores, and a long list of extra-curricular activities. But the problem is your competition also has all of those things. The interview is your chance to show your unique personality, interests, and other attributes that leave a lasting impression.

The idea of interviewing may be nerve-wracking, but by following the tips in this guide, you’ll be prepared to give a successful interview and walk in feeling confident and excited.

1.      Research the medical school you are applying to and know as much about the school as possible. Identifying information about the school will demonstrate to the admissions advisor that you’re invested in the idea of your future at that institution.

2.      Practice your answers, but do not memorize them verbatim. It can be helpful to make a list of possible interview questions and then draft your answers in a simple document, highlighting the main points you want to hit in your response. Some basic questions, like “tell me about yourself?”, can cause the student to stumble if not adequately prepared.

Here are some questions you should be prepared to answer.

3.      Conduct mock interviews. It’s one thing to study your answers to possible questions, but quite another to say your answers out loud in a conversational setting. Ask your pre-med advisor to have a practice interview with you beforehand. They will be able to provide critiques from a valuable perspective.

4.      Prepare a list of questions you’d like to ask the admissions advisor at the end of the interview. Possible questions include “What do you wish more people knew about the school?” or “What research opportunities does the school offer?”

5.      Be professional and polite. While these things may seem obvious, you’d be surprised how many people break these rules in their interviews.

6.      Relax, take a deep breath, and go into the interview confident (but not arrogant). While you want to showcase your best qualities and potential for success, you still want to show your true self.

7.      Once you’ve completed the interview, thank the interviewer for their time and ask when you can expect to hear back on the next steps.

8.      Email the interviewer a thank you message the following day thanking them for their time and expressing your continued interest in the school.

Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to impress at your interview. Now that you’re prepared, relax, congratulate yourself for making it this far, and let your beautiful personality shine through!

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