Author: Holly M
4th Year Medical Student
Best practice for medical school interviews
I would also check out our videos on YouTube with practice interviews, and there are also video interviews where people talk through their experiences. All of which can give you valuable information to help shape your preparation for your interviews.
In this article, we won’t be taking such a ‘deep dive’ into the specifics of the different formats and topics that can come up in an interview. Instead, we will be going through my top 5 dos and 5 don’ts! I would get a pen and paper handy to take notes on anything you think is particularly important or useful.
5 ‘DOs’ for medical school interviews
Do practice interviews
There are many different ways you can practice interviews. Don’t underestimate the power of finding interview questions by yourself and then talking through your answers out loud to yourself either at your desk or even in a mirror. If you can find somewhere nice and quiet to do this, this can be a great opportunity for you to have some space to reflect on some tricky topics.
Additionally, make sure you get your friends/family and teachers to practice interview questions with you. Being formally timed and receiving feedback will give you a more accurate idea of how the interview will actually run. They can also give you new ideas on how to answer questions.
Do look after yourself
Do keep a journal
Pro tip: Read this article to find out more about Why Reflection Is Essential on Your Medical Journey
Do keep up with current affairs
If you come across an article/topic that piques your interest, then be sure to read more about. This will make you seem really engaged and motivated at the interview.
Do ‘keep it real’
It’s important that you react genuinely to the questions and content so that you can convey your own thoughts and ideas. The interviewers don’t want to hear something you read on a random chat board, and they will be able to tell if you’re not honest!
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5 ‘DON’Ts’ for medical school interviews
Don’t make things up
Don’t stress too much
Don’t be too argumentative/one-sided
Don’t ‘wing it’
Keep a reflections journal, read the BBC health news, practice interview questions by yourself and with friends and family. Basically, do the best you can to prepare, so that on the day, you do the best you possibly can.
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