The Barts medicine interview uses a panel made up of a mixture of professionals including tutors, doctors, and current students.
Three panel members will interview you to look for the qualities that they consider will make you a good doctor and a valuable member of the student community. The interview lasts around 15-20 minutes and will be structured as a discussion.
Preparing for your Barts medicine interview:
1. Read up on ‘hot topics’ within the NHS
Barts, along with many other medical schools, want you to have an awareness of the NHS and what is relevant in the news at the moment. Before your interview, make sure that you are comfortable discussing and debating current issues in the news relating to the NHS and healthcare – and don’t be afraid to voice your opinions!
Some of the topics that you might encounter will be difficult and are meant to make you think. The interviewers want to see that you have researched the topic enough to formulate your own opinion and can back it up with good reason.
2. Think about what you specifically would bring to life at Barts
Barts has so many societies and opportunities and places a large emphasis on university life outside of the curriculum, and the interviewers really want to hear how you can add to the university community.
Do some research and find out about some societies that you might be interested in joining and mention these in your interview! A little bit of reading goes a long way. Being a medical student is about having hobbies as well as being a good doctor.
In your Barts medicine interview, the panel really likes to hear that you are a well-rounded student, so don’t shy away from talking about your passions in interview as they really do want to get to know you as a person. Work/life balance is a key attribute that Barts are looking for in their students, so gather your family and friends and practice talking to them about what gets you excited about the possibility of going to university.
Barts also has a lot of student involvement on interview day. They will be helping you from the moment you step foot in the building, and this is a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have and help you feel at ease. Don’t isolate yourself before your interview, chat to people!
3. Understand what a panel interview is and how it is different from an MMI
Most universities now offer MMI interviews, but the Barts medicine interview is a little bit more traditional. This isn’t a good or a bad thing but there are some advantages of having a panel interview and you can use these to your advantage if you understand how panel differs from MMI.
Having a panel means that you need to make a good impression from the moment you walk in through the door so here are some tips to make sure you stand out:
Dress to impress! Look smart, and you will feel smart which can really make the difference
Be confident in what you say, and how you say it. Even if you aren’t sure on a point, saying it with conviction is very important. Speak clearly and with conviction.
Prepare to sell yourself! A panel interview is a great opportunity to develop a rapport with the interviewers and tell them all the amazing things that you mentioned or didn’t have space to mention, in your personal statement. You have time to tell the interviewers how great you are so take your time when answering the questions and come up with some good answers beforehand.