This type of interview is good because they give you enough time to establish a rapport with your interviewer and really showcase why you’re a great candidate – but you may find them more intimidating than MMIs.
Traditional interviews are question-focused, rather than task-based. Instead of having to role-play a scenario or communication task, you’ll be asked a number of questions that you need to answer.
The interview may feel more like a conversation between you and who you’re being interviewed by, rather than a series of back-to-back questions. Plus, you’ll have longer to think about and elaborate on your answers than you would have in an MMI. These are strengths of the traditional medical interview format.
In a traditional medical interview, you are often interviewed by a panel made up of a number of people who are linked to the university. You could be interviewed by a GP or Nurse, a Lecturer or Admissions Tutor, a Junior Doctor or existing Medical Student – or someone else altogether.
The length of your traditional medicine interview will vary, depending on the different Medical Schools you interview at. It is likely your interview could last for around 20 to 40 minutes.
The following Medical Schools use traditional interviews:
The majority of Medical Schools are holding online interviews for 2021 entry, and it’s more likely than not that your traditional interview will be virtual.
The questions you’ll get asked at a traditional interview will vary by Medical School, and for each candidate. They are never released ahead of time, and you’re not allowed to discuss the questions after your interview.
However, Medical Schools are really good at giving you a clue. Usually, there’s information on their websites about what they’re looking for from the interviews, and what topics the questions will cover.
Common themes come up every year, so it’s possible to prepare your answers in advance. Our Interview Question Bank has over a hundred questions and example answers that you can practice for free.
If you can give spontaneous, well thought out answers then you’ll perform better than if you give robotic, rehearsed answers. It’s better to convey genuine interest and passion.
It’s important to practice how to make your key points – but you need to prepare in a way that lets you keep your responses organic and engaging.
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