Whether you’re interviewing for medical school or residency, it is generally safe to assume that your academics are no longer in question.
Clearly most premedical students are great people entering a noble profession. Then, why is it that the medical school interview is a stumbling block that keeps people out of medical school year after year?
What you have probably never heard before is that your interview day is designed to get a snap shot of where you are in your life at the present time, in your personality, attitude, demeanor, and maturity.
In other words, you can have great academics and clinical experience (professional development) but be underdeveloped in assessing and articulating yourself with respect to your career and life goals (personal development).
You can learn to look great on paper, but lack luster on interview day and spoil all of your hard work. It doesn’t have to be that way.
“The hardest part is that you can’t see yourself objectively, like other people see you – namely, your interviewers!”
But it is more complicated than simply practicing with peer students at your level or with a physician that knows you. In fact, anyone that tells you that writing out a couple of note cards, “just be yourself”, and “wing it”, probably has never had such an important opportunity before them, or it’s been so long that they can’t remember and don’t know how to keep their mouth shut.
I say “practice, practice, practice, but if you don’t know what you’re practicing then you might be very polished at doing a terrible job!!”
There are a number of important factors that work together to give the admissions committee an impression of you:
- Basic interpersonal dynamics when under stress
- The degree to which you have deeply reflected on your goals
- Whether or not you’ve practiced interviewing
- The presence or absence of “Fatal Interview Flaws”
- Body language when balancing rehearsed versus whim responses
How can I ace my interview?
The Medical Mastermind Community literally hosts 5 hours of seminar videos, tutorials, and podcasts, complete with corresponding workbooks to walk you through every phase of interviewing and matriculation into residency and medical school.
The lecture series is broken down as follows:
- Interviewing Skills: Getting there in the right frame of mind is half the battle
- Networking vs. Networlding: The difference is success for life
- Mock Interviews
- Campaign Manager
- Travel Planner
- Fotrune 500 Interviewing
What I view as better than all of that is the multi-step personal development modules, such as The Success Story Format, that truly solve the riddle of Interview Day – objectively assessing and articulating yourself!