Why is it important to prepare for Medical School Mock Interviews?

Written by Jessy

Abraham Lincoln quotes  “give me six hours to chop down a tree, I will spend first four sharpening the axe”

When your dream is to get into medical school, you can’t be just sitting and waiting for the interview to happen. Have you ever pondered upon this thought about why trials are set up before the final race? They help you to determine the loopholes, and areas where you may need to put extra effort. 

The medical school mock interview is the trial run before the actual interview for medical school. Practicing mock interviews is a great way to prepare and polish yourself for the final medical school interview. 

They help you to smooth out the uneven places in your way of delivery and helps you to figure out the issues with the quality of presentation in your answers. After a certain round of practice, you’ll find yourself comfortable in the actual interview. 

Now you must be thinking, who conducts these mock tests? Medical school mock interviews are conducted by those who are properly familiar with the medical school admissions and who can give appropriate feedback about the performance. There are some universities that have career centers that offer mock interviews also, another option is to look for a pre-health advising office. It can be a great way to learn or develop new skills for a better interview. 

One of the major problems which candidates face in the interview is hesitation and not expressing themselves openly during the interview. Some candidates get so nervous that they become blank and often fail to give thoughtful answers to general questions. 

It is important that you go through at least 2 to 3 medical school mock interviews before going for the actual test. It will help you to understand the pattern of the interview. One of the major concerns during the interview is behavior. Candidates use words like “umm”, “uh” and “like’ during the interview when they get nervous or confused. Behavior depicts some major things about your personality. 

It is important that you do research on each school you’re applying for and understand their interview format too, this will help you to have an idea about what type of interview you’re walking into. The preparation is incomplete if you’re not in a good health condition. Make sure you take a proper sleep which will keep you mentally and physically active. 

Read your application very well. Probably you’ll be having primary and secondary applications and whatever you mention in them make sure you remember it too in order to avoid any mismatch of information mentioned. 

Here are some tips for the interview day:

  • Be polite and nice to everyone
  • Be confident and prepared but do not rehearse
  • Keep an optimistic mindset towards the interview and other things as well
  • Give clear and direct answers
  • It is important to take your student interviewer seriously
  • Wear decent clothes. Not too short, not too deep cut

Be prepared for the “anything else you want me to know” and try to avoid asking questions that have obvious answers. 

You’ll be asked some questions like:

  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  • State any experiences that you made which made you choose medicine
  • What would be the first thing you would want to convey to the admission committee?
  • Why do you want to become a doctor?
  • Discuss a mistake that you did and how did you rectify the situation?

Remember, after the interview, goodbye should be gentle and kind. Try to be thankful, carry note cards and stamps to share it with people. 

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