Preparing for Your Medical School Interview

When preparing for your medical school interview, you must understand the purpose of this interview. First and foremost, you look great on paper to the school that is interviewing you, but they want to meet you in person in order to evaluate if you are a good fit for their establishment. Below are a few guidelines to go by when preparing for your interview.

  • You have already impressed them with numbers and accomplishments. Now it is time to let your personality shine and be ready for questions on the spot. You must be ready for anything, as anything is fair game in a medical school interview.
  • One important thing to prepare for is inquiries about anything negative that appeared in your application. You must be prepared to defend yourself and explain how said situation has positively impacted you and how you have stepped up to deal with it responsibly.
  • Make sure, also, that you do your research on the school before your interview. Know what type of research is going on, what their main objectives are, and any professors that you are particularly interested in studying under. You may also be asked why you chose to apply to that particular school. Be prepared to have enough knowledge about the school to answer this question intelligently.
  • Prepare to talk about personal experiences, role models and any professional experiences that you have had. It may be helpful to you to make a list of all of the topics that you know you want to mention. But keep it to a minimum. You do not want to dominate the interview or bore your interviewer. Think about what you ultimately want the interviewer to leave the interview knowing about you.
  • Be sure to dress professionally. Your appearance is the one thing that the school hasn’t had a first impression of yet. Make it a good one.
  • Your interviewer is most likely going to evaluate you based on whether they would want you treating them or a family member of theirs. This means that you must be passionate, kind and any other qualities that you would want in someone that was treating you or your family member.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions:

  1. Why do you want to be a doctor?
  2. How did you get to this point in your life?
  3. Why do you think you would make a good doctor?
  4. Describe your strengths and weaknesses.
  5. If you didn’t get accepted into medical school, what is plan B?
  6. What do you think makes a good doctor?
  7. What extra-curricular activities do you engage in?
  8. Would you consider yourself a leader or a follower?
  9. What experiences have you had thus far in the medical profession?
  10. What are you most looking forward to when it comes to being a doctor? What are you least excited about?

The day of the interview:

  1. Be sure to eat at least a small meal some time before your interview.
  2. Don’t be late, but don’t be too early either. Rule of thumb is no more than 15 minutes early.
  3. If you have to travel a long distance, think about renting a hotel room the night before to ensure that traffic and other circumstances don’t make you late.
  4. Bring a copy of your secondary application as well as any information that you have on the school. Brush up on it while you are waiting to be called in for the interview.
  5. Don’t chew gum!
  6. Try to be relaxed and calm before and during your interview. If you seem confident in yourself, then your interviewer will as well.