Getting into medical school is no mean task. Once you pass the academic qualifications necessary, you will be invited for a personal interview. This is often conducted by the medical school admissions authorities. In some cases, you could also opt for interviews that a reputed college conducts in various cities. An interview will allow the management to assess your suitability for the medical stream as well as your inclination. It is up to you to make the most of a medical interview.
Keep in mind that your application to medical school is very important. This is your interviewer’s only source of information about you prior to the interaction and it should count. Fill in all the necessary details in terms of educational qualifications etc correctly. Add any additional exposure you have had to medicine in terms of volunteering or courses you may have taken. Recommendation letters would serve you well.
In terms of preparation, it would be best for you to first visit the campus of the medical school. This would mean forfeiting the economic advantage of having the interview in your home town if offered that way. The advantage in visiting the campus would be that you can personally interact with staff and students of the college and get an idea of how the school works. This will give you an insight into answering questions during the medical interview.
Make sure you arrive on time for the interview. Dress modestly and comfortably. Be prepared to answer certain fundamental questions such as why you want to study medicine and why at that particular medical school. Be sure of what branch of medicine you would like to specialize in and why. Medical school admissions authorities always look for students who are updated on the current goings-on in the medical world. You will have to weave in medically related information such as ethics, new techniques, as well as major researches that the medical community may be following.
Also be prepared to answer questions about your personal life. Medical school authorities are not looking for bookworms but more for a person with a rounded personality. Be prepared to speak on your hobbies, activities and your means of relaxation. Also be prepared to answer questions on how you would react in a crisis or under work pressure as well as how good your ability to make split second decisions are?
And finally, you have every right to ask questions. Ask questions on the institute’s teaching model or their internship program or even on technology that may be uniquely used by the hospital. All of this counts in your interview.