How to Prepare for a Medical School Interview

Know the Type of Interview

You should know the layout of the interview and what type of questions to expect come Interview Day. A good website to check for possible interview questions is Student Doctor Network. Most interviews are set up to get to know you holistically. If the interview is a Multiple-Mini Interview, make sure you know what that interview will entail and check online to review possible scenarios.

Prepare to Talk about Weaknesses

No one likes to talk about weaknesses, but it is important to know what to say if your interviewer brings it up. Remember that schools look at applicants holistically. Use any weakness in your application as a way to show your growth and your ability to get past tough situations.

Review your Application

Before the interview, take time to review every aspect of your application. One interview I had asked me about a class I took in my freshman year of college! Go over your extracurricular activities and personal statement and be comfortable talking about them.

Briefly Research the School

Every medical school is unique. Knowing about the school’s mission, the surrounding communities, and the population the school serves will help you stand out on Interview Day.You don’t need to do an extensive research but knowing what your school values helps!

Do Mock Interviews

Prioritize doing mock interviews before your scheduled interview. If you can’t do a face-to-face mock interview, talking to someone over the phone can work as well. You want to practice saying the words out loud and getting feedback on how to best present yourself.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

A lot of medical schools give tours on Interview Day. Be comfortable!

Review Your Traveling Plans

This is important! If you are traveling to your interview, try to arrive at least a day before so that you can rest and review how you will arrive to the school for the interview. Try going to the school a day before. Sometimes lateness is unavoidable, but do your best to make things go as smoothly as possible. Also, review your travel plans for arriving home after the interview. Don’t schedule a return flight that leaves 30 minutes after your interview ends! 

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Prioritizing sleep before an interview is important because you will want to be well rested and mentally sharp on Interview Day. Most medical schools include a tour and/or lunch in addition to interviews, so being well-rested is important. Exercising the day before can help you sleep. Using meditations apps and white noise machines can also help with sleep.

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