Advice for Premeds

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How Not to Sabotage Your Medical School Interview

by Janet Snoyer in Interviews No Comments
A woman being interviewed.

During your medical school interviews, you should definitely be yourself, highlight your beautiful personality and sharp skills, and share your dreams. But you should consider tweaking a few of your involuntary personality traits if they might end up rubbing your interviewer the wrong way. There are a variety of ways that the interviewer may perceive you that will sabotage your interview:

  • The interviewer felt that you didn’t like or respect them
  • You seemed overly rehearsed or scripted, like you had canned, prepared answers.
  • You could not produce substantive examples or evidence of skills or attributes you claim to have gained or developed.
  • You seemed uninterested in questions if they weren’t about your experiences or fit for medical school, such as hypothetical clinical scenarios or questions about problems in the healthcare system.
  • You seemed immature: giggling, not being able to think out loud about issues, playing with your hair or other objects with your hands, inappropriate clothing, makeup, grooming, using typical adolescent vocal expressions: uptalk, vocal gravel, like-like-like, answering questions using personal or interpersonal situations with friends instead of professional roles and situations you have been in.
  • You were defensive
  • You seemed self-centered: focused on your achievements instead of helping others and finding solutions.

During your interview practice, be conscious of how you are presenting yourself – ask the person who you practice your interviewing skills with to evaluate you in these areas.

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