Interviewing

Getting to the interview stage means that you have successfully passed multiple screens and you are truly a viable applicant! The interview can make or break you so be sure to prepare adequately.

Types of Interviews:

  • Multi-Mini Interview (MMI)
    • Many health professional schools are adopting this style of interviewing
    • It involves ~8-10 interview stations. You will have 2 minutes to read the prompt and 7-8 minutes to answer the question
    • Questions can vary - from ethical, situational, and behavioral questions to a role play with a standardized patient (actor).
  • Traditional Interview
    • 1:1 interview, small panel, or student and faculty interview
  • Hybrid Interview
    • Combination of traditional and MMI

Interview Tips

  • Dress professionally
  • Be comfortable
  • Make eye contact
  • Smile and be friendly with everyone you meet
  • Make sure to answer the question asked (be careful not to go off on tangents)
  • Do not memorize your answers
  • Have several stories or examples prepared that address the 15 Core Competencies of Entering Medical Students
  • Prepare and Practice for Interviews
  • Practice with a virtual interviewing tool - Big Interview

Sample Questions:

  • Tell me about yourself
  • What experiences have you had that are compelling you to pursue medicine?
  • How do you feel about medically-assisted suicide?
  • How have you overcome adversity or demonstrated resilience?
  • How do you manage stress?
  • What characteristics do you possess that would make you a successful doctor
  • What are some of the hot topics in healthcare today?

For a more comprehensive list, visit Princeton Review's 50 Common Medical School Interview Questions