Updated: Jun 11, 2020
To be offered an interview for medical school is a great achievement in itself - so, if you’re reading this having received one (or several) offers, then congratulations! However, as of course you will be aware, the hard work does not stop here - to give yourself the very best chance of getting into medical school to study medicine, it is vital that you interview well in order to convince your interviewers that you are deserving of a place. This may seem daunting, but thankfully there are plenty of things that can do before and during the interview to make it a success - here are our top tips:
1. Make a good first impression
Ensure that when you first meet your interviewer(s), you greet them with a smile and introduce yourself in a friendly, confident way. Give a firm handshake, make eye contact and do try to pay attention to your body language. If you set the tone in this way, not only will you feel more confident before the interview has even begun, but the interviewer will naturally be more receptive to you as a candidate.
2. Preparation is key
Although you can never entirely predict what questions will be asked in your interview, there are many that will be asked time and time again - for example, “why do you want to study medicine?”. Give thought to these in advance, and structure a rough answer before the interview. Don’t rote-learn anything as this will make you come across as insincere and likely slightly robotic, but it will serve you well to have an idea of how to answer such questions when they arise. We have a comprehensive list of past interview questions on the website, so make the most of them!
Don’t rote-learn anything as this will make you come across as insincere and likely slightly robotic, but it will serve you well to have an idea of how to answer such questions when they arise.
3. Think logically
It is likely that you will be asked questions in a