Preparing for the Interview
When preparing for an interview remember that interviews are a great way for the school to look at you as a whole person, beyond the transcripts and test scores. The professional school is looking to see you being yourself. During an interview you may feel stressed because of the questions they are asking you, but keep calm and answer them to the best of yor ability. The interviewer will not only take into account your answer, but how you answer the question as well.
The questions below are typical questions that are asked and you should be able to answer them with no problem:
- Why do you want to become a _(Insert Profession)__?
- How did you get here?
- Why would you be a good __(Insert Profession)__?
- What are your strengths? Your weaknesses?
- What will you pursue if you do not get in to professional school?
- What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good Health Professional?
- What do you do to alleviate stress? What are your hobbies?
- Are you a leader or a follower? Give examples...
- What exposure have you had to the selected health profession? Healthcare experience? What did you do when you volunteered at..?
- What do you think you will like most about this career as a Health Professional? Least?
- What are your specific goals in this profession?
- What motivated you to pursue your career goal?
- What do you see yourself doing eight years from now, and how are you preparing yourself?
- Which is more important to you, prestige or the type of job you do?
- How would you describe yourself?
- How do you think a friend or professor who knows you well would describe you?
- In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to this profession?
Types of Interviews
- Panel- there are more than one interviewer asking you questions and they can range from surgeons to current medical students
- Blind- the interviewer has not seen any part of your application, so be prepared for the question "Tell me about yourself"
- Partial blind- the interviewer sees parts of the application such as the essay or the secondary application, but not the grades or scores.
- Open- the interviewer decides whether to look at your application or not.