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Interview: General Information

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If you receive an offer for an interview, you can be confident that you are a strong candidate and the interview will be an opportunity to "seal the deal." However, a poor interview will generally put you out of the running at that school for the current year. Accordingly, it is imperative that you understand what the interview process is all about and prepare thoroughly for it. Please refer to The Interview section for an in-depth write-up of the interview process and how to prepare for it. Another very useful resource is the booklet "Interviewing for Health Professions Schools," which can be ordered from the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions.

It may also be useful for you to think about the "five Ps": 1) preparation, 2) professionalism, 3) peace of mind, 4) personality, and 5) perception.

Preparation

Learn as much as you can about how interviews are conducted at individual schools (see links below). Generally, schools will offer an orientation session (gather your thoughts and relax), tour (learn as much as you can about the school; this may help you think of intelligent questions at the interview, and will help you decide where you ultimately want to go), and then the interview itself.

The format of the interview varies considerably (see The Interview). People conducting the interview may be faculty, students, or other volunteers. Treat them all with respect. Questions are sometimes predictable and other times seem to come from nowhere. The best way to begin preparing is to seriously evaluate the following aspects of yourself: 1) a thorough self-assessment as an individual and potential doctor, especially as portrayed in your application; 2) how your priorities mesh with those of the school at which you are interviewing; 3) your knowledge of current events, especially those related to medicine; and 4) where you stand on moral and ethical issues related to medicine.

You can explore sample interview questions and think about how you might answer them, but ultimately you should participate in a videotaped mock interview and critically review the video. Repeat this process until you are comfortable with your ability to interview well. Our office will schedule videotaped mock interviews at your convenience. Pay special attention to listening carefully to the question and forming your response to answer the question clearly, concisely, and directly. You should also be aware that there are questions medical school interviewers cannot legally ask (Impermissible Interview Questions). You should familiarize yourself with these questions and discuss with us how you might handle them if they arise.

Be prepared to convey 2-3 central messages about yourself and do so when the opportunities arise. If they don't arise during the interview, you may be given an opportunity at the end to add whatever you think was not covered. You may also be given a chance to ask questions about the school. Be prepared with 1-2 questions that could not be answered by a cursory inspection of the school's catalog.

Professionalism

Your physical appearance will provide a first impression that can ultimately be decisive, especially if your interview is otherwise marginal. Dress appropriately (suit or blazer and tie for men; conservative dress or suit for women). Appear neat and clean, as your mother would insist. Chances are, your interviewers will have dress and hygiene standards closer to those of your mother than to yours or those of your friends. Eye contact is also especially important (see The Interview). Be polite (but not obsequious), including to orientation leaders, tour guides, and office staff. Take care to listen carefully to your interviewers' names so that you can thank them later by name; if you do not catch their name during the introduction, ask them to please repeat it. After you return from the interview, write the school a thank-you note. It will be placed in your file and could be one of those little things that add up to make a difference.

Peace of mind

If you are being interviewed, you are a strong candidate. If you have prepared, you will have the opportunity to excel. You have every reason to feel confident and relaxed. If you keep your cool, even in the face of challenging questions or unanticipated events, you will impress the interviewer more than by any words that you say. This means that it is very important to get a good night's sleep, arrive early, and avoid stimulants or anything else that could cause unnecessary stress. Find relaxation techniques that work for you, practice them in advance, and use them before the interview.

Personality

If you are normally a bump on a log in social situations, work on developing at least a little charm during your mock interview. If you are normally at ease in social situations, don't be afraid to flash an extra smile and demonstrate your interpersonal skills, but only when the situation arises (i.e., don't force it).

Perception

You know (or at least think you do) what kind of person you are. Be sure that your interviewers perceive the same person. The best way to do this is to be honest. Be yourself. Be honest in answering challenging ethical questions, and don't be afraid to admit that you do not know the answer to any specific question. However, after admitting your ignorance, don't be afraid to offer an informed opinion and give your line of reasoning. Do not try to anticipate what the interviewer wants to hear! These are things you can practice in your mock interview and read more about in The Interview.

After your interview, please write a short summary of the format, questions, and your reaction to the interview and send it to the Health Careers Office. We can go over your reactions with you and talk about ways to improve your skills for any upcoming interviews. We will also keep your observations on file so that we can share them with Clark students who have interviews at this school in the future. Similar feedback is available at Interview Feedback on the Student Doctor Network (SDN).

Additional Links:

Be Authentic, Thoughtful for Medical School Interview Success
Canadian Medical School Interviews
Cases in Medical Ethics
CASPer (Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) Preparation
Common Interview Questions
Content Analysis of Interviewee Reports of Medical School Admissions Interviews
Dental School Interview Questions (click on "Dental School Interview Questions")
Dental School Interview Tips
50 Common Medical School Interview Questions
First Aid for Your Medical School Interviews
5 Essential Tips for Your Medical School Interview
5 Steps to Preparing for Your Medical School Interviews
5 Ways to Ace a Medical School Interview
FutureDoctor.net The Medical School Interview
Health Professional School Interview Questions
How Should I Prepare for the Interview? (click on "How Should I Prepare for the Interview?")
How to Ace Your Dental School Interview
How to Ace Your Grad School Interview
How-to-interview.com
How to Prepare for a Multiple Mini Medical School Interview
How to Prepare for Your Dental School Interview
How, When to Write a Medical School Interview Thank-You Note
Interview Feedback
Interview Information
InterviewPenguin.com
Interview Preparation and Sample Questions
Interviewing Information
Interviewing 101 Guide
Interviewing 101: Putting Your Best Foot Forward
Interviewing Resources
Master the Multiple Mini Interview
Medical Ethics Cases
Medical School Interview Advice
Medical School Interview Preparation
Medical School Interview Questions (click on "Medical School Interview Questions")
Medical School Interview Tips for Interview Attire
Medical School Interviewing
Medical School Interviews
Medical School Interviews and Interview Questions - How to Prepare and Do Well
Medical School Interviews Information
Medical School Interviews: 6 Common Mistakes
Medical School Multiple Mini-Interview
MMI: A New Hope (blog entry by OHSU medical student)
MMI Resources
Multiple Mini-Interview (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) (click on "How to Apply," scroll down to #3 "The Interview Process")
Multiple Mini-Interview (U. of Kentucky College of Pharmacy) (click on "Frequently Asked Questions About the Multiple Mini-Interviews")
Multiple Mini-Interview Article (On Your Mark, Get Set, Interview!) (Stanford U. School of Medicine)
Multiple Mini-Interview Fact Sheet (U. of Saskatchewan College of Medicine)
Multiple Mini-Interview FAQ (Duke U. School of Medicine)
Multiple Mini-Interview FAQ (Michigan State U. College of Human Medicine)
Multiple Mini-Interview Format
Multiple Mini-Interview for Medical School
Multiple Mini-Interview for Medical School Admissions
Multiple Mini-Interview General Information (U. of Calgary MD Program)
Multiple Mini-Interview Practice Questions (U. of Saskatchewan College of Medicine)
Multiple Mini-Interview Sample Questions
Multiple Mini-Interviews (U. of Arizona College of Medicine)
Navigate Challenging Ethics Questions in Medical School Interviews
New for Aspiring Doctors, the People Skills Test (NY Times article about MMI)
Occupational Therapy Program Interview Questions
100 Medical School Interview Practice Questions
100 Sample MMI Questions
Optometry School Admissions Interview
Optometry School Interview Questions
Pharmacy School Interview
Pharmacy School Interview Questions
Physician Assistant Applicant Interview Questions
Physician Assistant School Interview Questions
Physician Assistant School Interview Tips
Physician Assistant School Top 100 Interview Questions
Practice MMI Questions
Prepare Answers to Frequently Asked Medical School Interview Questions
Prepare for a Multiple Mini Medical School Interview
Preparing for Admission Interviews: Guidelines for Pre-OT, PT and PA Students
Preparing for Medical School Interviews
Professional and Graduate School Interview Questions
Professional School Admissions Interview
Purpose of the Interview
7 Important Tips for Your Medical School Interview
Ten Medical School Interview Tips
The Art of Getting Admitted - The Medical School Interview
The Premed/Predental Interview Process
31 Questions I Wished I Had Asked
36 Sample Medical School Interview Questions
Top 10 Grad School Interview Questions
Top 10 Graduate School Interview Questions
Top 10 Interview Questions for Healthcare Job-Seekers
Types of Medical School Interviews
Vet School Interview Preparation Advice
Vet School Interview Questions
What Are Vet School Interviews Like?
What It's Like to Participate in Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)
What to Expect During a Grad School Interview
What to Expect from the MD Multiple Mini Interview (NYU School of Medicine)
Which Medical Schools Interview the Most Minority Applicants?

Medical School Interview Information:

Albany Medical College (Click on "Interview Questions")
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Baylor College of Medicine (Scroll down to “Interviews”)
Boston University School of Medicine
California University of Science and Medicine School of Medicine (See Step 5: In-Person Interview")
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Central Michigan University School of Medicine
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (Scroll down to “Visiting Campus and Interviewing”)
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (Scroll down to "Interviewing")
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Creighton University School of Medicine (Scroll down and click on "Interviews")
Drexel University College of Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine (Scroll down to “Interview”)
Eastern Virginia Medical School; Interview Day FAQ
Emory University School of Medicine (Scroll down to “After Applying to Emory” section)
Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine (Under "Process" click on "Interview")
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida State University College of Medicine
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (Scroll down to “Interview Notification”); Interview FAQ
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Georgetown University School of Medicine (Select “Review of Applications, then see “Interviews”)
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University (Scroll down to "Interview")
Harvard Medical School
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University
Howard University College of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo (See “Interviews”)
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (Scroll down and click on “Interviews”)
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Loma Linda University School of Medicine (Under “Application Process,” click on“Review Process”)
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans (See “Interviews Begin” under “Application Period”)
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (Scroll down to section iv "Interviews" under #2 "Procedure")
Mayo Medical School
McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Sciences at Houston (Scroll down to "Invitation to Interview")
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University (Scroll down to interview faq located at beginning of “Admissions” section)
Medical College of Wisconsin (Select "When You Apply," then scroll down to "Interviewing Information")
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine (Scroll down to "Applicant Interviews")
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine (See "Invitation to Interview")
Mercer University School of Medicine
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (See “Step Three: Interview with CHM”)
Morehouse School of Medicine (Scroll down to “Interviews”)
New York Medical College
New York University School of Medicine
Northeast Ohio Medical University (See "Step 3" under “How to Apply”)
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine (Scroll down to "Interview Day")
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Ohio State University College of Medicine (Select “What’s the interview process like?”); Interview Tips
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine (Scroll down to “Three years ago the school started a new process for interviewing applicants.”)
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine (Click on "Interview Process")
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Scroll down to “Interviews”)
Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine (Scroll down to “Interview Process”)
Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Scroll down to “The Interview Process”)
Saint Louis University School of Medicine (Scroll down to “Personal Interview”)
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine (Scroll down to “Personal Interview”)
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota (Scroll down to “Interview Invitation”)
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University (Scroll down and click on "Interviews" under "After Submitting Your AMCAS Application")
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine (Scroll down to “Step 3: Interviews”)
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine (See “Interviews and the Interview Day”)
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine (Click on "Personal Interview")
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (Scroll down to "When Is the Interviewing Season?" and “What will I be asked in my interviews?”)
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine (Click on "Admissions Interviews")
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences (Scroll down to "Overview of Interview Day")
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Tufts University School of Medicine (See first and second paragraphs under “Our Process” for interview information)
Tulane University School of Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine (Select “Will I be interviewed as part of the admissions process?”)
University of Alabama School of Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix
University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine (See “Faculty Interviews”)
University of California, Davis School of Medicine (See “Step 3: Interview Day”)
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine (See “Interviews”)
University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
University of California, Riverside School of Medicine (See paragraph 4 under “Application Procedure”)
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine (Select “Step 4”)
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, The Pritzker School of Medicine (Scroll down to "Interview and Decision Process"); Planning Your Interview Day
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (Click on "Admissions Process," see “Invitations to Interview”); Interview Day; MMI Process
University of Colorado School of Medicine; Interview Day Information
University of Connecticut School of Medicine (Scroll down to “Interviews”)
University of Florida College of Medicine (See #4 under “Application Process”)
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (Scroll down to “Interview Process”)
University of Illinois College of Medicine
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
University of Kansas School of Medicine (Scroll down to “Personal Interviews”)
University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Scroll down to“Screening and invitation to interview” and “Interview and selection”)
University of Louisville School of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine (Scroll down to "Interview Process")
University of Massachusetts Medical School
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (Scroll down to “Interviews”)
University of Michigan Medical School
University of Minnesota Medical School
University of Mississippi School of Medicine
University of Missouri School of Medicine (Scroll down to "Interview Day")
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine (Scroll down to “Interviews”)
University of Nebraska College of Medicine (Scroll down to “Interview”)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine (Scroll down to "Interview Day Information")
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (Scroll down to "Interviews")
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (Scroll down and click on“Interview”)
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (Scroll down to third bullet point under “Non-academic factors...”)
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
University of South Carolina School of Medicine (Scroll down to "Interviews")
University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville
University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine (See “Invitation to Interview”); Interview Day
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School (Click on "Interview")
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
University of Texas Long School of Medicine at San Antonio (Scroll down to "Long School of Medicine Interview Day")
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School (Scroll down to “In-Person Interview”)
University of Utah School of Medicine; Assessment Process (Scroll down to "Assessment Process")
University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine
University of Virginia School of Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (Click on "Step Four: Interview")
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Scroll down to "Interview Process")
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College (Scroll down to "Interviews")
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Western Michigan University School of Medicine (Scroll down to Steps 4 and 5)
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Yale School of Medicine (See “Interviews”)

Travel Websites:

Some travel websites that may be useful when planning an interview trip:
Adioso
Airbnb
Airfare.com
Airfare Watch Dog
Amtrak
BookingBuddy
Booking.com
BootsnAll Travel Network
Cheapflights
CheapOair
CheapTicketLinks
CheapTickets
Expedia
FareCompare
Greyhound Lines Bus Service
Hotwire
Kayak
Last Minute Travel
Momondo
Orbitz
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Priceline
SeatGuru
Skyscanner
Travelation
Travelocity
TravelZoo
Trivago
Vayama

 

Suggested Health Professions Reading Lists:

Johns Hopkins University Health Professions Recommended Reading List
Medical Reads Recommended by Union College Leadership in Medicine Book Review Club
Oregon State University College of Science List of Books About Medicine
University at Buffalo Prehealth Advising Recommended Reading List (Select "Recommended Prehealth Reading")
University of Minnesota Medical School Suggested Pre-Med Reading List
Xavier College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Professional Health Advising Suggested Reading List

Links to keep up-to-date with developments in medicine and health:

ABC News Health News
Academic Medicine
AMA Journal of Ethics
AMA Wire
AP Health News
BBC Health News
Biomedical Beat
Boston Globe Health & Wellness
BrainFacts.org
Brown Medicine Magazine
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
CBS News Health News
Chicago Sun-Times Health News
CNN Health News
Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care
Dental Tribune
Detroit News Health News
Digital Library, Morehouse School of Medicine
Discover Magazine Health & Medicine
eLife Journal Articles
Emergency Medicine News
Environmental Health News
EurekAlert! Medicine and Health News
Free Medical Journals
Frontline Medical News
Gizmodo Medical News
Global Health Observatory Data
Global Health Policy
HeadlineSpot.com Health News Links
Health Affairs: The Policy Journal of the Health Sphere
Health and Medicine Websites
HealthCanal Health News
HealthDay Health News
Healthfinder.gov Health News
Health News Digest.com
Health Topics (World Health Organization)
Houston Chronicle Health News
Internal Medicine News
Internet Public Library Health and Medical Sciences Links; Science and Technology Links
Johns Hopkins Medical News
Johns Hopkins Public Health News
Journal of the American Medical Association
Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Journal Watch: Medical Journals and Research Articles
Kaiser Health News
LiveScience Health News
Los Angeles Times Science News
MDExpress Medical News
Medical Education Online: An Electronic Journal
Medical/Health Sciences Libraries on the Web
Medical News Today
Medical Technology News
Medical Xpress Health and Medical News
MedicineNet.com
Medline Plus Magazine
MedPage Today
Medscape
Miami Herald Health News
Modern Healthcare Online
Nanotechnology Bio & Medicine News
National Academy for State Health Policy
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Matters
National Library of Medicine
Nature
Nature Medicine
NBC Medical News
New England Journal of Medicine
News-Medical.Net
Newsweek Science
New York Times Health News
New York Times Science News
NPR Global Health News
NPR Health News
NPR Science News
Paperity Open Access Journals and Papers
Penn Medicine Magazine
Philly.com Health & Science News
Physician's Briefing
Physician's Weekly
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Public Library of Science Medicine
Public Radio International Health and Medicine
PubMed
Questia Online Library Science and Technology
Reuters Health News
Review of Optometry Online
SciCentral Health Sciences News
Science; Health News
Science Daily Health and Medicine News
Science News
Scientific American Health News; Medicine News
Scitable Science Library
Seattle Times Health News
South Florida Sun Sentinel Health News
The Atlantic Health Articles; Science Articles
The Doctor Will See You Now Bioethics Articles
The Lancet
The New Physician Magazine
The Sacramento Bee Health & Medicine News
The Scientist
The Wall Street Journal Health News; Science News
Time Health News; Science News
UPI Health News; Science News
U.S. Health Policy Gateway
U.S. News and World Report Health News
Voice of America Science and Health News
Washington Post Health & Science News
World Health Organization (WHO) World Health Report
Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine