I heard that the interview is the most challenging and stressful part of applying to med school. What will I be asked? How should I prepare? Do I need to ask questions during it?
- anonymous Hi Sierra. Yes, the interview process can be quite taxing! The best way to reduce the challenge and stress is to prepare, prepare, and prepare some more. Review possible questions (there are books and websites that have good examples) and come up with answers - write them down. Do mock interviews with every person who offers - parents, friends, roommates, strangers on the subway, you catch my drift. Organize a group of other pre-meds and mock interview each other. There are also newer formats for interviews with multiple interviewers and one candidate or one interviewer and multiple candidate. The best way to prep for these is to again practice with a group. You should absolutely have some questions prepared for each interview, both general and specific to each school. It's important to not just ask generic questions so that you can demonstrate interest in the school itself. Asking questions is also important to help you figure out whether the school is right for you - an interview is a two way dialogue. At the end of the day, of course, you don't want to be TOO practiced because you're going to get some questions that will throw you off. The most important thing is to know why you want to be a doctor, how your academic career and other activities to date have led you to that decision, and be able to explain any research that you've done or holes in your application.