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7th December 2021
For Maria Ahmad, one of the hardest things about applying to Medicine was the endless waiting. Waiting for BMAT results, waiting for universities to reply with an interview offer and finally waiting for A-level results… If you haven’t had any interview invites yet, make sure you’re doing these things to get ahead with your interview prep.

1. Don’t Panic!

It’s much easier said than done, but it’s important to remember that many universities send out their interview invites multiple times throughout the interview period.

Just because your friend has received an interview for a particular university, it doesn’t mean they won’t interview you as well – your interview could just be at a later date. There is still plenty of time to get an interview; remember that some universities interview until April!

Although it can be stressful balancing A-levels with the uncertainty of interview prep, it’s vital to make sure to take time out for yourself to do something you enjoy, which also helps to relax you and take your mind off your worries.

2. Brush Up On Your Interview Technique

Although you might not have received an interview offer yet, some universities only give you a couple of days to prepare once they send out their offers. This means that it’s a good idea to be fairly ready for an interview at short notice.

Even if you spend just 15-30 minutes a day doing some interview preparation with your friends or family, it adds up and you will see yourself improving over time, such that you’re ready for your interview when you receive an invite.

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3. Keep Up With Medical News and Hot Topics

It’s really important to keep reading the health news and stay up to date with any big advancements or high-profile cases in Medicine. I know it’s difficult to keep up with this on top of everything else you have to do, but an easy way to do this is to set BBC Health as your Internet home page – and take a look at the NHS hot topics and Science hot topics on this website.

4. Don’t Forget Your A-Level Exams

If worst comes to worst and you, unfortunately, don’t receive an interview offer, you can always take a gap year and reapply, or choose to study a related course and then transfer to Medicine – or even consider Graduate Entry Medicine or studying Medicine abroad.

Whatever the future holds, you’ll be in a much stronger position if you have already achieved the grades you need.

Don’t vent your anger and frustration at the universities or at yourself.  Instead, channel your passion into your A-levels. As my science teacher once said, “Half the battle of getting an A* is really wanting one, and that is what motivates you to work hard”.

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