Medical school or residency interviews coming soon? In this post, I’m going to teach you how to prepare for your medical school interviews or residency interviews in med school. As of this writing, I’m actually in the midst of my residency application! So the tips I give you in this post will be the tips I’m using to prepare and kill the application cycle. I’ll share the most important thing I will rely on during my interviews. If you follow this one step then you will do amazing on your interviews! If you prefer a video version then you should subscribe to our YouTube video for weekly helpful tips for videos like this!
Why Do We Struggle With Medical School Interviews and Residency Interviews?All right guys, so what is the most important thing you need to know when you were preparing for interview season? I’m going to be assuming that you have or will soon submit your applications. Submitting your application is a topic for another blog post. Before getting to the answer I have a question. Why do most medical students and premeds hate the medical school interview and residency interview process? Why do we get thrown off by the most basic questions that are asked on the interview trail, on their personal statements, on the supplemental essays? They are questions about you after all! So what’s up with the struggle? It’s because we tend to fail introspective on our medical journey! You know what you’re going to be asked already!
- Why do you want to be a doctor?
- Why did you apply to this residency specialty?
- What are your plans in 5 to 10 years?
How Can We Get Ready for Our Medical School and Residency Interviews?You need to get to the point where your answers are no longer scripted but repeatable. What does that mean? This means you need to spend numerous occasions asking yourself the questions you know are coming. Why do you want to become a doctor? Want to help people? Not good enough! What series of events in your life made you want to pursue medicine? Make that answer as clear as possible. Then when you think you have a good answer! Do it again!
Power of Consistent Introspection:You must reflect often to be a fantastic interview candidate. Because each time you do, you will have a better and more genuine answer. So even if you think you have a good answer to some of the most basic questions – try again! Each repetition makes you appear more genuine, more composed, and more persuasive. These are the qualities every successful interviewer has!
My Own Experience:When I was applying and interview I always got one piece of feedback. “You seem like you have everything nicely figured out”, one of my interviewers told me. I got this feedback over and over again! In all honesty, there’s no magic to it. Just like a basketball player practice their shot, I practiced asking myself why I wanted to be a doctor and my future goals. Now when I share them, they seem well thought out. But you must commit time to reflect! Introspecting is what will keep you ease during your interview process. When you’re applying to medical school and residency, you will be a successful applicant if your answers continue to get better. Also, remember this, your answers don’t have to be better than anyone else’s’. The only answers to these questions you have to out beat are YOUR answers from the day before.
My Challenge To You:This may seem like a bunch of crap and useless info, but I assure you it’s the base of my success. So here is my challenge to you. Next time you leave the hospital, or your shadowing appointment, or your volunteer experience, ask yourself these questions.
- What did I learn today?
- What did I learn about myself today?
- How can I use one lesson from today for my future self?
- What did I learn I didn’t like
What’s Next?If you enjoyed this post then check out the following posts below!
- Before Applying to Medical School
- What To Have On Your Application For Medical School
- Balance Extracurriculars as a Pre-Med
- How Do I Study in Medical School