8th February 2023
One of the hardest things about applying to Medicine is the waiting… If you haven’t received any interview invites yet, do these things to make the best use of your time and stay on top of interview prep.

1. Don’t Panic!

It might be easier said than done, but it’s important to be patient. Remember that the interview season lasts for several months and many universities send out interview invites in batches at different times throughout the season.

Just because your friend has had an interview for a particular Medical School, this doesn’t mean they won’t interview you as well – your interview could just be at a later date. Some universities interview until April, so there is still time for you to receive an invite.

It can be difficult to balance A-Levels with interview prep, so it’s vital to also take time out for yourself to do things you enjoy. This will help you to relax and prevent stress.

2. Brush Up On Your Interview Technique

Bear in mind that some Medical Schools will only give you a couple of days to prepare for interview once they send out their invites. This means that it’s a good idea to be ready for an interview at short notice.

Even if you spend just 30 minutes to an hour each day doing some interview preparation, it all adds up and you will see yourself improving over time. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you have done no prep, receive an invite and only have a few days to cram.


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3. Keep Up With Medical News and Hot Topics

It’s important to read current medical news and stay up-to-date with any big advancements or high-profile stories in the world of Medicine. An easy way to keep up with what’s going on is to check BBC News – Health every morning.

You also need to ensure you understand NHS hot topics which commonly come up at interview, such as organ donation, abortion and euthanasia. Familiarise yourself with the current state of the NHS so you will feel confident discussing it with interviewers.

4. Don’t Forget Your A-Level Exams

If worst comes to worst and you, unfortunately, don’t get shortlisted for interview by any of your Medical Schools, you can always take a year out and reapply next year, study another course and apply for Graduate Entry Medicine later, or apply to study Medicine abroad.

Whatever the future holds, you’ll be in a much stronger position if you achieve good A-Level grades – so no matter what happens, it’s vital that you stay focused and carry on working hard for your exams.

Find out more: What To Do If You Don’t Receive Your Med School Offers.


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