Medical school interview prep must include more than running through sample medical school interview questions. In addition to practicing your answers, you must hone communication skills, critical thinking skills, and develop behaviors of a future medical professional. But how to do this in a short span of time?

Did you know that most students who are accepted into medical school after their interview use some form of professional preparation such as medical school admissions consulting? 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 today’s article, we will discuss how a professional med school consultant can help you prepare and how you can find the right one to succeed in your interview. 


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Why should I prepare for my interview?

Keep in mind that the success rate at most medical schools is When you consider this question, it’s important to keep in mind that medical school acceptance rates at most programs are below 10%, with many accepting less than 4% of all applicants. If you've made it to the interview stage of the application process, you could be so close to acceptance, or so far away depending on your performance. Hundreds of other students have also made it to the interview stage, and the spots available are far less than the interviews offered. When determining the final ranking order of candidates, some schools weigh the interview as high as 100%, meaning all of the other factors such as your MCAT score, personal statement, secondary essays, extra-curricular activities, shadowing, etc., won’t make up for a mediocre interview performance.

The interview will certainly make or break your chance of acceptance and if you don't do well on your interview, at those odds we mentioned, you won't be accepted. In fact, we had a student with near-perfect MCAT and GPA scores seek our help after being rejected during the previous admission cycle.

Bottom line is: you should prepare for your interview because preparation is the key to success. Professional athletes prepare for games the same way a presenter prepares for a presentation. It makes sense that if you prepare, your performance will be better, and shouldn't you be doing everything possible to improve your performance? But most applicants simply do not know how to prepare for a medical school interview. They are not aware of all the medical school interview nuances that can positively or negatively affect their performance because they are not admissions experts.

So does this mean that you should get professional help? 

Did you know that overall success rate at most medical schools is below 10%?

Why should I prepare with a professional?

The answer to this question isn't as obvious as the first one. While many students understand the value and importance of preparing with a professional, some students believe that they can fully prepare for their medical school interview on their own or with the help of family and friends. While some practice is better than no practice, quality will always be better than quantity and the quality that a professional can bring is unmatchable.

Practicing on your own is definitely a good step to take, but it's only one step of the process and it's only beneficial once you already know exactly what you should be practicing. Students often target their studies and practice in the wrong areas, for example, learning everything they can about a school and who the evaluators may be. While this is an important aspect to consider, it's not the only aspect of the interview to prepare for. Unfortunately, due to the majority of time focused on incorrect areas, students are often left with a false sense of preparedness when really, they're not prepared at all. The other flaw with practicing on your own is that there are no opportunities to receive feedback. It's not easy to learn your weaknesses or determine all areas you need to improve on without someone else pointing them out to you. You may think you've prepared a great answer for a question, and spent a lot of time practicing your response when really that response may be flawed and doesn't highlight your best self.

Wondering why admissions committees ask "tell me about yourself"?

Practicing with family and friends, on the other hand has its own shortcomings. There is no way around the fact that your family and friends are not objective evaluators. They know you and care about you which prevents them from providing you with unbiased feedback. In addition, your family and friends may not want to hurt your feelings if they feel there is something you should work on, so they may be inclined to without information, or to sugar-coat how they really feel. The other issue with practicing with family and friends is that in most cases, they are not qualified to give you feedback.

What do I mean by qualified? A qualified person is one that has received extensive training, has in-depth knowledge and countless experiences with interview questions, what the admissions committee is looking for, and how to answer questions in a fashion that highlights an individual's skills, passions, and experiences. Now, that's not to say that everything your family and friends may tell you is invalid, but the bottom line is, their feedback has not been and cannot be verified or qualified. A solution to all of these problems is to use a professional medical school advisor or medical school admissions consultant for your medical school interview preparation. A professional advisor doesn't know you personally, and because of that, they are able to provide you with objective, unbiased feedback.

A good medical school advisor will be an expert in the medical school admissions process and because of that, will be well trained, possess tremendous experience working with students, and should boast a reliable, evidence-based success rate for helping students get accepted into medical school.

How can a medical school advisor help me prep for my interview?

The short answer is, they can help you with everything. An excellent professional advisor will be able to help you with all aspects of your medical school interview prep. However, it’s important to know what you can learn with medical school advisor, so let’s go over some of the most important gains. 

Answer Strategies

The old saying, there is no right or wrong answer, does not apply for almost all interview questions. If, for example, you're asked in your interview, “why do you want to be a doctor?”, and your answer is simply because you want to help people and make a difference, that would be considered a wrong answer, lacking reflection, depth, passion, and proof. Even worse, it would sound cliché. A professional advisor will work one-on-one with you to help expand your answers, highlight your strengths, strengthen your weaknesses, and eliminate off-topic responses. They know what questions to expect during your interview so they will help you prepare accordingly.

It's important to note that there is no way to determine every single interview question you can expect on your interview, therefore, most students who are not properly prepared are often caught off guard when asked a question they didn't predict. They draw a complete blank or may stumble through an answer that likely lacks the qualities the admissions committee is looking for. With a professional advisor, however, the most important thing you will learn is a technique for addressing and answering ANY TYPE of question, even if you run into weird or intimidating medical school interview questions.

This means that an advisor must help you learn how to identify and have a strategy for different TYPES and categories of questions. For example, if you have an MMI interview ahead, you must learn how to tackle the different types of MMI questions, including acting stations and MMI writing stations

Professional Behavior

In addition to practicing and learning how to respond appropriately to any type of interview scenarios, including MMI questions or ethical questions in a medical school interview, a professional advisor will also help you develop life-long skills that will be applicable in any academic and professional interview you may face in your career.

Interview behavior is an acquired skill. It’s certainly important what you say in your interview, but it’s also very important how you say things and how you behave during the interview. Did you offer appropriate greetings and farewells to your interviewers? Did you catch their name and repeat it throughout the interview? Did your posture and body language convey confidence? All these behaviors can be learned from a professional consultant.

You may think that the content of your answers is more important but think again: hundreds of other students have great stories of why they want to pursue medicine. They also know how to answer questions like “tell me about yourself” and “what’s your greatest weakness”. Admissions committees have a really tough job of selecting the students who will eventually get offered admission, so everything counts. Your behavior during the interview must be professional and appropriate, so be sure to pay attention to not only how you express your answers, but how you perform throughout the entire interview day. And an admissions consultant is exactly the right person to prepare you for this!

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Mock Medical School Interview

One of the most significant advantages of preparing for a med school interview with an advisor is the ability to experience the interview format via realistic mock medical school interviews. You will be able to apply all the answer strategies and advice your consultant has provided in a realistic simulation of your interview format. Not only will you be able to articulate answers to some of the most common interview questions, but you will be able to test your interview behavior skills, such as facial expressions, body language, as well as your greetings and goodbyes. What can be better for building your confidence than the opportunity to perform in the same environment as you will face on the day of your interview?

A mock medical school interview is also a great way to gauge how long to prepare for a medical school interview. Without seeing yourself in action, in the proper environment of the interview, it will be difficult to assess whether you are ready for it. A mock will help the med school advisor evaluate whether you are ready for the real thing!

Check out a mock MMI interview session with our expert!

BeMo has a 93.5% success rate for students working in our Platinum or Titanium programs!

How much does interview prep cost?

Medical school interview prep is an investment. Investment means you spend something now in order to gain something more later. This is the mindset of most successful medical school applicants because medicine requires lifelong learning and it’s not cheap to train to become a doctor. The medical school tuition alone could easily cost over $50,000/year.

In comparison, the cost of medical school interview preparation is insignificant. While the cost of medical school interview prep can vary, interview prep plans can start as low as $500, with most students spending at least $5,000. That may seem costly, but consider the cost of applying to medical school in general? It can be as high as $4000 for applications alone. And consider this: if you don't invest in medical school interview prep, and you don't get in because of it? Are you prepared to spend $4000 all over again for the application process? What about losing an entire year? What about losing a full year of income which could be an average of $300,000/year depending on the specialty.

This put the cost of medical school interview prep in perspective: a $5000 investment is a lot less than a $300,000 loss. Most would agree that the cost involved with medical school interview preparation is insignificant in the grand scheme of things, and the value it adds is priceless.

Applying to medical school is exhausting, so doing it right the first time, and getting accepted the first time is much easier than the cost and time involved with re-applying.

What type of interview can a professional help me with?

An experienced, professional consultant or advisor will be able to help you with any interview style your school may be using, whether it's a panel, traditional or conversational med school interview, a group interview, an MMI, and MPI, or a hybrid interview format. Your advisor will provide you with mock interviews, personalized feedback, sample questions along with the techniques to answering any type of interview question appropriately.

What should I look for in selecting a professional to help me with my interview?

To select a professional advisor for your medical school interview prep, there are a variety of qualities and qualifications they should possess. It's crucial to do your research because not all advisors are created equally, and some of them do not possess the tools, experience, and qualifications necessary to help you get accepted into medical school.

Firstly, you need to determine who the company is and whether or not they are qualified to be giving advice, recommendations, and feedback to help you prepare for your medical school interview. Dig into the company to look at their mission statement, core values, and their team members. Are they genuinely interested and passionate about helping students get into medical school? What about their team members? Do they have information on their website about the team members that you'll be working with? Do they put these individuals through rigorous standardized training to ensure they can provide you with the best, qualified feedback?

Good advisors will be experts in the field of admissions, whether they were past evaluators, interviewers or have gone through the process themselves. Make sure you know who you'll be working with and their level of experience to ensure you'll be working with qualified individuals who know what they're talking about.

The next important aspect to look at is whether or not they believe in their work. Any advisor can say that they believe in the work they are doing, but how can you truly assess whether that's true or not? The best way is to check their brand promises. Firstly, they should guarantee that if you follow all of their instructions and recommendations, you will be accepted. Secondly, if you did everything right and you still were not accepted, they should offer to give you your money back. For example, BeMo proves that they believe in their product, it's the only company that offers both a 100% satisfaction guarantee and a Get In or Your Money Back® guarantee.

Another great way to assess whether or not the service offered by a company is good, is to look at their reviews and success rate. It's important to consider reviews not only posted on their website, but those posted on an independent review website such as TrustPilot. It only makes sense that a good service will have many reviews from past students raving about the positive experience they had. Did you know that BeMo has hundreds of Trustpilot reviews and has a 4.8/5 rating? This is the highest rating of all medical school advisors combined. Next, you need to look at the success rate of students they worked with that gained acceptance. Bear in mind that this success rate should be evidence-backed, as anyone can list a statistic but not everyone can prove it. For example, BeMo has a 93.5% for students working in our Platinum or Titanium programs!

Other than proven success rates and reviews, you'll want to consider whether or not you trust the company. You can determine this firstly by testing them out, a professional medical school interview prep company should offer the opportunity to see if they're a good fit for you by offering a free initial consultation.

This will give you a chance to have an honest one-on-one conversation with an advisor about what you're looking for and what result you're hoping to achieve, in this case, acing your medical school interview. The advisor will be able to talk to you about their process and how they believe they can help you achieve your goal. In this initial conversation, you'll be able to get a good sense of how genuine the advisor seems and whether or not you feel they are invested in helping you showcase the best version of yourself. If any red flags come up in this initial conversation, such as the advisor seeming to solely be invested in money and not your best interests, you can safely determine that they are not to be trusted.

During the consultation, you can also find out what sort of service you can expect. Will you be practicing with real-life mock interviews and given additional questions, such as MMI questions to practice with? Will they provide you with feedback that is 100% personalized to your interview responses as opposed to generic feedback? Are they completely honest about the price to use their services or is this information unclear and seemingly hidden? In the end, you should feel confident and comfortable to work with the advisor. If something doesn't seem right or you feel like they avoided answering important questions, they may be hiding extra fees or may not be as experienced as they'd like you to think, so it's best to look for a different company.

Finally, if you are still wondering whether BeMo Academic Consulting is worth it, feel free to reach out to us for a free initial strategy call. We have helped thousands of students achieve their professional and academic dreams, so be sure to check out their stories and their experience with BeMo

Should I sign up for professional interview prep?

Anyone who is willing to learn and improve can benefit from interview preparation. Remember what we mentioned earlier in this article: medical school interview prep is not just about learning how to ace the interviews you have ahead – it’s about learning skills that will be useful in all and any professional interview you may face in your career. 

If you're someone who doesn't like constructive criticism, doesn't like being told what to do, or doesn't have any interest in changing their approach, style, language or behavior, then medical school interview preparation probably isn't for you. If on the other hand, you're truly interested in becoming better and want to increase your chances of acceptance and are willing to spend the time, money and effort it will take to get there, you should sign up right away!

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FAQs

1. Should I prepare for my medical school interview?

You absolutely must prepare for your medical school interview. You have no chance of success without interview prep.

2. Do I need professional help to prepare for my medical school interview?

While it’s possible to prepare on your own, getting professional help increases your chances for interview success. Preparing on your own has 2 major flaws: 1. You do not always know what you should improve on. 2. You get no objective feedback on your performance. 

3. How can a professional help me get ready for my medical school interview?

A professional advisor can identify your weaknesses to help you improve on them. As you go through mock interviews, the advisor can give you honest personalized feedback that will help you improve significantly. They can also help you manage nerves and develop professional interview behaviors. 

4. How can mock medical school interviews help me prepare?

Mocks mimic the format and environment of your interview. What better way to see how you will do than participating in a realistic simulation of your interview format?

5. Who are medical school advisors?

Medical school advisors are well-trained professionals who know everything there is to know about medical school admissions. They can be academics, former evaluators, former admissions officers, and so on.

6. How much does medical school interview prep cost?

Depending on the services you get, prices can range from $500 to $5000, or more. Remember, this is an investment into your future.

7. How long will it take to prepare for a medical school interview with an advisor?

Every student is different. Some are ready after a couple of sessions, while others may take weeks to prepare. One huge advantage of getting ready with an advisor is that your weakness will be tended to sooner than if you practiced on your own. Also, an advisor will let you know as soon as you are ready for the real thing, so you are full of confidence when entering that interview room!

8. Do I have to travel anywhere to get professional help for my interview?

If you sign up for services with BeMo, then you will not have to. We do everything online, in the comfort of you home! 

9. Can’t I just get ready by reading your blogs and watching your videos?

That’s a great start. It’s true that our free resources totally reveal all our strategies and tips – we do not hide anything! However, no amount of blogs can replace mock interviews and personalized feedback, and it’s very difficult to improve your interview skills without these two components. 

To your success,

Your friends at BeMo

BeMo Academic Consulting

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