Medical School Interview · Mar 03, 2018
Convincing Communication Skills Interview Questions
Communication and listening skills are important for acing your medical school interview. However, your need for communication skills does not stop there. Working as a medical professional it is vital that you have strong interpersonal skills. Therefore, your interview is your chance to show the interviewers you have what it takes.
- ‘What are the most important aspects of communication?’
- ‘How would you rate your ability to communicate with your peers?’
- ‘Tell me about a time when you, or someone you observed, had a difficult time communicating with someone.’
These are a few of many common communication interview questions that focus on your ability to communicate with people around you. It can be difficult to prove to the interviewers that you possess good communication skills.
In this blog post, I will talk about how you can use a structured approach to showing off your ability to communicate in both your interview and personal statement. Note that although this article focuses on communication, it is also applicable to other aspects of interviews such as talking about your strength and weaknesses.
The significance of communication
- The way you present yourself
- The way you come across in the interview
- Your verbal communication skills
- Your body language
- Your level of eye contact
What is effective communication?
Reflection as a tool to promote yourself
Be methodical in your med school interview
A very useful framework that I use to help me reflect is the Gibbs Reflective cycle (1988). These six steps are a good way of describing your thoughts on what has happened in a situation in which you thought communication played a huge role. Bear in mind that this does not necessarily have to be a situation you were directly involved in. You can also describe situations that you have observed, such as those that you see while shadowing medical professionals in your work experience.
6. Action plan
- Show that you understand the importance of effective working communication
- Indicate what poor communication could bring in terms of a poorer outcome
- What factors helped to engage the patient
7. Key takeaways
- Speak confidently
- Actively listen- communication goes both ways!
- Reflection will be an important part of your life as a medical student and a doctor, so learn it well!
- Use the six steps to practice talking about your experiences or situations you have observed, both good and bad!
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Miss Raykal Sim
Raykal is a Medical Student at Newcastle University, who has written content for theMSAG’s blog. She is a member of the Newcastle Academic Medicine Society, the Newcastle Surgical Society and the Newcastle University Medical Education Research Student Advisory Group.