Medical School Interview · Nov. 06, 2017
Medical school interviews a practical guide
For many prospective medical students, the joy of having received an interview offer from a medical school is quickly eclipsed by the fear of the medical school interview itself. It can seem like a daunting prospect, but the most important thing is to keep calm, and the best way to keep calm?
Be prepared! Follow these key steps to preparing for your multiple mini interviews (MMI) and panel style interview and you’ll take it in your stride.
1. Preparation is key
Plan for the type of interview
- Will the interview be with an interview panel?
- How many people will be on the panel?
- Does it include multiple mini interviews (MMI)
- If it includes mini multi interviews, what kinds of stations will there be?
- Is there a focus on ethical scenarios?
Medical school interview questions to expect
2. Practice, practice, practice
3. Make a good first impression
Deep breathing is a great way to relieve stress and calm your nerves. If your nerves are getting too much in the wait before your interview try taking 10 slow and deep breathes. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Or why not try mindfulness? There are all sorts of exercises you can do to slow your breathing and control your nerves, find something that works for you.
5. Pause and think
6. Structure your answers
Practice a real life MMI Circuit to help you prepare
7. Finally, RELAX
We hope that this post has been useful in your interview preparation. Don't hesitate to send us any questions or comments by email at hello@theMSAG.com. Good luck for your interview!
Miss Rebekah Morris
Becky is a Medical Student at Exeter Medical School. She was part of the 2nd place team in the National Student Medical Ethics Debating Competition. She is a Research Assistant and Interview Coach for theMSAG. Additionally, she is a Co-author for two of theMSAG guidebooks.