Medical School Interviews and Interview Questions - How to Prepare and do Well!

Being asked to interview is a key step in your acceptance to medical school... the medical school in question is telling you that they are interested in you and that you look good enough on paper to go there. Now they want to meet you to see if you'd make a good fit.

Though the overall number of applicants to medical school has decreased, statistically, few applicants in the pool are asked to interview. And it is from this group of 10 to 15% that the class is filled.


Sample videos of medical school interviews:

Example 1: Volunteering
Example 2: Role models
Example 3: Why this medical school?
Top 10 medical school interview questions

Premed forum - discuss interviews at specific medical schools.


See this opportunity as your chance to shine. You looked good enough on paper to get this far. Now you have an opportunity to show them your intelligence, your enthusiasm who you are. And it's also your opportunity to see who THEY are... for them to put their best face forward to you and make you want to be a part of their school.

Preparation for the Interview

Preparation for your interview is as important in its own way as prepping for the MCAT. You wouldn't walk in to the MCAT or an Orgo test without prepping for it first, would you? The same goes for Interviewing.

Personal Preparation: Grooming and Dress

While women are not required to wear a suit, if you choose to eschew the uniform, you must still look professional. Color choice is open, but conservative colors do best. Some people say that women should not wear black or red suits to interviews, but if that is what you feel your best in, go for it. The other question is a pant suit vs. skirt? Once again, if you look professional, wear what suits you and your personality best.

You should also wear minimal jewelry, simple makeup, simple hair. Wear shoes you can walk/tour in. If you can do that in 4+ inch heels, go for it. You are a better woman than I am. My vote goes to a moderately heeled pump. If they are new, wear them around the house for a week or so to break them in. I have gotten many a blister on my interviews. Your shoes don't have to be new, but should be clean and polished.

There is an adage about how you should look like a physician before you are one. While looks are not everything, the interviewers do look at how you are dressed and groomed as well as how you carry yourself. Most evaluate whether they would want someone like you to treat them or a member of their family.

Mental Preparation - Get Ready for Medical School Interview Questions

To a great extent, this is the most important part of your interview, and it takes place before you even get there. Though it is crucial that you be yourself at your interview, you will be asked questions that you need to think about ahead of time. You should also be able to answer these questions in their various forms, succinctly, when asked.

  • Why do you want to become a doctor?
  • How did you get here?
  • Why would you be a good doctor?
  • What are your strengths? Your weaknesses?
  • What would you do if you don't get in to medical school?
  • What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good doctor?
  • What do you do to alleviate stress? What are your hobbies?
  • Are you a leader or a follower? Give examples...
  • What exposure have you had to the medical profession? Healthcare experience? What did you do when you volunteered at ----?
  • What do you think you will like most about medicine/being a doctor? Least?

MOST OF ALL, know what you want the interviewers to know about you and what information they should leave the interview with. What is the impression you want to leave with them... what is it they need to know about you that shows them that you'd be a great doctor and a perfect match for their school?

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