Will you transform your life in the new year?
Dear professional school applicant,
Your most important goal this year should be to ace that admissions interview (anticipated or confirmed) once and for all to avoid the dreaded rejection letter and the ensuing waste of time/money and the headache associated with the re-application process.
Whether you have applied to medical school, dental school, pharmacy, or any other professional program, the interview is the only thing that’s standing between you and that much sought-after acceptance letter.
The acceptance letter (or email) is going to be arguably the most important letter you will receive in your entire life because that letter will literally CHANGE your life. Forever.
But… when’s the best time to start preparing for your interview, EVEN if you don’t have an interview invitation right now? What’s the best strategy?
The greatest military general of all time, Sun Tzu, once said:
“The general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand.”
This applies to any aspect of life and is one of the key attributes of all successful people.
So when should you start preparing for you interviews and what’s the plan of action to avoid that rejection letter and get in?
The best time to start preparing for your interview is NOW for the following reasons:
1. Interview skills take a long time to develop.
This is because interviews, unlike, for example, your organic chemistry course, are behavioral and functional type tests. Ideally, it takes anywhere between 8-10 weeks to fully prepare for interviews depending on your personal experience and background.
2. It takes even longer to get familiar with relevant news and policies.
And you can guarantee these types of questions are going to show up on your interview.
3. Most schools provide a short advance notice of 1- 2 weeks.
This is insufficient time to prepare for your interview. Imagine try to become a proficient swimmer in 2 weeks! Importantly, admissions committees also want to deliberately weed out those that are going to get rattled by the short notice because as you can imagine, they rather accept students that have a habit of planning for everything in advance. This becomes critical as a future professional in charge of health and well-being of others. Think of a doctor walking to a room, listening to a patient’s concerns and then saying “hmmm…. Not too sure about that… I didn’t really plan to deal with this condition before because it’s rare…"
4. Advance preparation reduces nervousness (and increases overall confidence).
And not surprisingly, one of the most common reason 90% of students fails their interviews is due to nervousness and lack of confidence.
5. Your interview is usually the most important part of the admissions process,
The interview can account for up to 70% of your final application score.
The beauty is that right now you are fully in control because you still have time to get ready for your interview. But only you can decide how this year (and arguably the rest of your life) is going to turn out.
If you are serious about changing your future, and willing to do whatever it takes to ace your interview, contact us now for a completely free initial consultation to learn how we can help you ace your interview and plan a course of action before it’s too late.
Your friends at BeMo
BeMo Academic Consulting Inc.
BeMo is the global leader in interview preparation with an outstanding success rate. Here’s a list of relevant links for our interview preparation programs:
For medical school interview preparation, click here.
For pharmacy school interview preparation, click here.
For dental school interview preparation, click here.
For all other programs, contact us to learn more.