Preparing for Medical School Interviews

Updated: Oct 10, 2018

Receiving interviews is a very daunting yet exciting time, you’re one step closer to your dream. Interviews are part of the process of selecting the right students, they enable to demonstrate your interpersonal skills and other essential skills for Medicine and expand upon your application so preparation is essential to success!  Interviews generally take place from November to late April. When you’re invited for an interview bears no relation to how favourably your application is being considered. So we’ve decided to explain the different types of interviews, our top tips, key questions and what to do on the Big Day!


TYPES OF INTERVIEWS

MMI

  • series of short structured interview stations

  • used to assess non-cognitive qualities including cultural sensitivity, maturity, teamwork, empathy, reliability and communication skills

  • candidates receive a question/scenario and have a short period of time (typically two minutes) to prepare an answer prior to start of station

  • either short exchange between candidate and interviewer or interviewer observes while the interaction takes place between an actor and the candidate

  • candidate evaluated at each station

Panel

  • multiple interviewers, usually a clinician, academic or medical student

  • more personalised questions asked

  • conversational interactions

  • each individual interviewer determining the mood and structure of the interview

  • Some schools may have set goals for each interview; for example, each interview is given a certain set of character traits to evaluate and comment on, or may have a structured interview format where interviewers are given standardised questions with sample answers.

Our Top Tips


Be yourself

  • The medical school have already shown that they are interested in you by inviting you to the interview; they would like your personality to shine through. By not being yourself you’re likely to mask what should you be your strongest selling point: you! Be honest, authentic and most of all be yourself; no one can ever tell you you’re doing it wrong. Be prepare to discuss your:

  • academic background

  • extracurricular activities

  • work experience & voluntary work

  • views on medical problems or ethical issues

  • why you want to be a doctor/ study medicine