An important and usually final step in the admissions process to health professions programs, interviews will have varying formats: single or multiple one-on-ones, group interviews, panels, and multiple mini interviews (MMI). The chance for a professional school to learn more about you, including:
Origin of your interest in the field of medicine/dentistry/etc.
Commitment to the field and practice of medicine/dentistry/etc.
If invited for an interview
Respond promptly and take the first available interview appointment
Learn as much about the schedule on interview day as possible
Begin to plan financially for travel expenses
Learn as much as you can about the school, it mission and philosophy, programs, and curriculum through the school’s website and publications such as the AAMC’s Medical School Admission Requirements, the ADEA’s Guide to Dental Schools and AACOM’s College Information Book
Review types of interview questions and think through possible answers (but don’t memorize and rehearse); reflect on your experiences and what you would like schools to know about you; keep up on current events
Make sure you have appropriate interview clothing and practice wearing it to make sure you are comfortable
Carefully review your primary application (especially your personal statement and experience descriptions) as well as an supplemental materials you sent to the school; remember that anything found in your application is “fair game” for questions in the interview
Day of the Interview
Dress appropriately; if traveling for an interview, leave time at the hotel to re-press any items of clothing that may have wrinkled during travel; be ready for changing weather
Know where the interview will take place and arrive early. Try to relax and gather your thoughts before the interview begins
Be mindful of first impressions and body language: smile, shake hands firmly and introduce yourself; look the interviewer(s) in the eye and sit up straight. Don’t fidget or shift around in your chair and avoid nervous gestures.
Be confident and show enthusiasm, but stay relaxed
Answer honestly, succinctly and with humility; be sure to answer the question you were asked; stay positive
Know your strengths and accomplishments and be comfortable with who you are and what you have to offer
Always thank the interviewer(s) and ask for business cards; follow up with a timely thank you note (within a day or so of the interview)