Whether you've been invited to a panel, traditional, conversational or multiple mini interview, the key to performing well is to be prepared. This blog will tell you everything you need to know to prepare for your med school interview, from the day you first receive your interview invitations, to the day of your interviews. Lastly, it will answer some of your most common questions regarding the interview itself.
Did you know that most students who are accepted into medical school use some form of professional preparation? Regardless of whether you have one interview or a few, you need to be 100% prepared, so yes, seeking professional help is very important to give you the best chance of acceptance.
In this blog we'll dive into your questions regarding medical school interview preparation including:
“When Do You Hear Back from Medical Schools for Interviews?”
The time in between submitting your medical school application and hearing back from medical schools for interviews can be stressful, to say the least. For many, this period can feel like a time of “hurry up and wait” – you’ve put so much time, effort, and care into your primary and secondary applications to get them just right and submitted promptly, only for everything to feel like it hits an absolute standstill, as the time between application and response crawls by. Compulsively refreshing your inbox may seem like the natural thing to do, and – depending on your location (i.e., the U.S., Canada, or the U.K.) – it may be difficult to get a clear answer when you try to figure out when you will hear back from medical schools for interviews.
In this blog, we’ll give you some insights into the timeline for interview invitations in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., and offer some ideas for getting through this difficult period and using the waiting time wisely.
Practice Med School Interview Questions Bank
First Things First!
Before we jump into the sample questions, it is important to mention that sample questions are only effective if you:
1) Time yourself and utilize the questions in a realistic mock med school interview, and,
2) Pay extra attention to ethical dilemmas and learn how to approach different types of questions (we have identified 18 possible types)
3) Get expert feedback on your performance so you can identify your mistakes and learn from them way before your actual medical school interview.
With that said, you are now ready to get started. Good luck on your interview!
Appropriate Medical School Interview Attire
The way you present yourself at an interview is much more than the way you respond to interviewers’ questions. This guide will provide you with information about all of the important things you may not think about during your medical school interview preparation, including how to dress and present yourself professionally, how to minimize stress, and what to do before and after your interview.
At a Medical School Interview, First Impressions Are Crucial!
Studies have shown that the initial impressions formed within the first few seconds of meeting the interviewer can set the tone for the rest of the interview. Your overall appearance and hygiene are among the first things an interviewer will notice. As such, you should present yourself professionally, because you want to be remembered for your friendly personality, sharp intellect, and strong interview responses, not for your fashion statement!
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While we have some specific guidelines for feminine and masculine attire below, there are some general notes that apply regardless of gender. For clothing, neutral tones - like grey, navy blue, black, or cream - are best, with soft, complementary colors or white for foundation pieces (e.g., a shirt under a blazer). Natural fibers are ideal, but not mandatory; just ensure the fabric breathes enough that it keeps you comfortable if the interview room is a bit warm, but that is also