Appearing confident is an important element of succeeding at your interview. Don’t worry if you don’t actually feel confident – you can project this with a few tweaks of your body language. Whether you’re preparing for in-person or online interviews, confidence is key.
Tips for projecting confidence:
The Medical School may send lots, little, or absolutely no information to you regarding your interview. Regardless of the volume of information given, you should bear in mind the structure of a typical panel interview, which is generally set out with questions (in no particular order) on:
Some panel interviews will have their own “Good Cop vs Bad Cop” panel interviewers, who will do their best to intimidate you. But don’t be drawn to the interviewer who seems to warm to you the most; it’s key to distribute your concentration across the panel to give an equally positive impression.
For online interviews, this is a little harder to convey – but you can move your head as you look into the webcam or nod while each person speaks.
Medical Schools will expect you, as a minimum, to know the basic “pulling factors” that differentiates them from other schools. If, however, you can pull together some of the lesser-known details, such as specific research the university carries out, that will go far further than the basics.
Having this depth of knowledge of the Med School proves your extensive research into your medical choices, and will only add to the increasing number of tick boxes you will have next to your name.
Don’t memorise answers or pretend to have a different personality – interviews can see right through this! Instead, focus on learning strategies to answer questions and you’ll be able to take anything in your stride.
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