Monday, August 19, 2013

Common Medical School Interview Questions

Once you have submitted your applications to medical school, you will hopefully get asked for an interview. If you apply to a number of schools, you may even be asked for multiple interviews. The initial feeling is great, but once the reality sets in, it often comes with a certain degree of stress. However, if you know the most common questions in advance, as well as tips for answering them, you wont need to be worried.

One of the most common questions asked in an interview is why you want to become a doctor or what makes you want to go to medical school. This is a basic question that should be easy to answer. If you are honest and let your genuine passion for the medical field shine through, you will do great. It is also a great time to share any specific areas of interest as well as any similar experiences you have accomplished. For example, if you volunteered in a clinic or did any research work, this is an excellent time to share it.

Another commonly asked question is why you chose that particular school. This is a question you really do need to prepare for. While it is a basic question, it is expected that you will have thoroughly researched the school, its program, and what it offers before you go on the interview. You need to show that you know the school and be able to connect the things you like best about the school with how and what you are looking forward to learning.

You will likely also be asked both your best and worst qualities. These are much tougher questions. You need to take the time to honest analyze yourself in order to see what areas you are strong in, as well as the areas that need work. You can ask friends, family, colleagues, or even professors for help with this, as long as you don't get upset with their answers. It is important to really know yourself. Never suggest you don't have any worst qualities. Not only is it obviously untrue, but it also puts you in a negative light. When you do share the areas you are weak in, you should also be able to give the interviewer information on how you working on these areas. This is an important step, because it shows both that you understand your weaknesses, and that you are willing to work on them.

You may also be asked to share your experiences and, in all your answers, you want to let them know why you deserve a space in their program. You need to be honest, and remember they aren't trying to get you. They merely want to challenge you and ensure the best candidates are getting into their school. If you prepare in advance, you will be able to do well and ensure you get a spot in their program.


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