You have the grades. You’ve met the qualifications. And now you’ve been invited for an interview. Great news, right? Not always—for many applicants, interviewing is by far the most intimidating part of the application process. Why?
Unlike all the other objective criteria you have to meet in order to qualify for med school, an interview is much more subjective. They’re not assessing your transcripts, or your essays—they’re assessing you. And that can be a frightening prospect for many people.
Different applicants approach interviews in different ways. Some might enlist their friends and family to help them practice, others might engage coaching services like MedCoach to connect them with other medical students who can give them firsthand insights into the process.
Whatever approach you take, here are some things you should know before you begin your preparations…
Practicing different scenarios ahead of time allows you to be more confident during the MMI, and therefore more relaxed.
Step outside of yourself and use an actor’s perspective to come up with solutions. Ask yourself: "how would I feel if I were in their shoes?”
Depending on your personality type – introvert vs. extrovert – you might experience differing levels of stress in the lead-up to an interview.