20th June 2020
Top Tips To Improve Interview Performance!
- How to improve your MMI performance?
- How to improve your interview performance?
- How to improve your traditional interview performance?
- What should I do to prepare for my medical school interview?
Don’t worry if you feel nervous about your interview. Everybody does. Especially if they haven’t had interviews before, and if the interview is in the importance of a medical school’s interview. In this article, we share with you some of our top tips for a better interview. To check out more tips and advice like this, check out our interview guide.
2. Defend your opinion, but don’t be a coward!
The interviewer wants to see what you do when you arrive to a moot
point. Or, the
interviewer may want to see what you might do when your words are used against
example, in an intellectual discussion about euthanasia you may arrive
to the conclusion
that euthinasia should be allowed in some cases.
An interviewer may say, ‘so you think it’s okay to kill vulnerable people?’. Do not react to this statement or be defensive. Instead, explain your position clearly and show that you see the other side of the argument and accept their opinion but you still believe yours is the right one. So you can say,
- “Of course it is not okay to kill vulnerable people. But in a
situation where the person’s competent wish is to be euthanized, and they have made
consent for that, on top of the fact that staying alive is painful for them, then I
likely to be pro-euthinasia in situations like these. Indeed, I understand that some
think that this is doing harm which clashes with one of the pillars of medical
However, not euthanizing goes against the patient’s autonomy and best interest. So
it is all about controlling that conflict between the different pillars of medical
You can find free UCAT resources and free practice questions here on our website.
3. Go Through Some Basics...
Be sure that you can answer some predictable questions
such a, ‘why
medicine? Why this
medical school? What are your strengths and weaknesses?’ etc. We can
everyone else will go into their interview knowing the answer to these sorts of
questions and you do not want to be the only one seeming less certain
about the answers
to these questions.
However, this is a double-edged sword. Be careful not to rehearse the answer as this will be clear to the interviewer as a rehearsed answer! Instead, just be sure that you have an idea, some bullet points, on the answers for these questions.
4. Watch Out For Your Ticks...
A tick is something that you do when you’re nervous or anxious.
For example, playing
with your tie, moving the pen too much, too much movement back and forth whilst
down etc. these come across very easily in an interview. You do not
want to make
interviewer know when you’re nervous, even if you are.
So, do a mock interview with someone and watch out for your ticks. That way you can identify your ticks and try to reduce them. Don’t worry too much about this but do keep it in mind. Also, if you cannot do a medical mock interview with someone you can still do this. As long as the person in front of you asks you questions that require you to think.
5. Know Your Personal Statement!
This is very important. It does not mean to memorise your
statement off by
heart. However, it does mean that you are ready to
elaborate on any part of your
personal statement if you are asked to do so, which can be quite common
in a MMI
For example, if you write “During my work experience at a hospital ward, I found the communication within the multidisciplinary team very effective”. You can be asked to elaborate on this statement in many ways during your interview. For example, “What do you find most effective about multidisciplinary team communication?” or “What do you think are the challenges to effective communication in a healthcare setting?”.