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Medical School Interview Advice

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You applied to medical school and got the invitation. Here's how not to blow your med school interview.

  • Be aware of the types of med school interviews.
  • Be enthusiastic about the school. Know why you want to go there and be able to provide 4 or 5 reasons when you're asked.
     
  • When asked why you applied, don't say that you applied because you thought you had a good chance of being accepted.
     
  • Always emphasize that you are seriously considering the program (even if it isn't one of your top choices). Never reveal that program is not a top choice.
     
  • Consider your responses to common questions beforehand, but don't over practice because good answers are natural, not rehearsed.
     
  • Have questions to ask. Ask about unclear aspects of their curriculum, research opportunities, and so on, but your questions should show that you are familiar with the school.
     
  • Read the catalog beforehand and use it to create questions. Good questions demonstrate your enthusiasm and intelligence.
     
  • Bring up your strong points, but don't be arrogant. Try to strike a balance between self confidence and humility.
     
  • Be prepared for an interviewer to bring up your weak points or ask you for your input on your weak points.
     
  • Listen carefully to the interviewer and often you will get clues or hints as to what they are interested in.
     
  • Understand that some interviewers may not have read your application or may not recall it. Be prepared to fill them in on your qualifications and experience.
     
  • It's ok not to know the answer to a question. Just say so. But don't do it too often.
     
  • If you did research, be prepared to talk about it. You should know the overall goal, methodology, what you found, and why it's important. Be able to discuss your part and contribution to the research.
     
  • Dress appropriately. Be neat and comfortable. Follow some basic dos and don'ts for interviews.
     
  • Try to relax and enjoy yourself.
     
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