26th November 2021
During your Medicine interview, it’s possible that you will be asked to talk about aspects of your Personal Statement. Here’s a guide to which Med Schools are likely to do this, plus some guidance to help you with your answers.

Why Will I Be Asked About My Personal Statement?

Your Personal Statement should provide a clear explanation as to why you want to study Medicine, why you would be suited to the course/the career, and what you have done to expand your knowledge and your experience. These are things that interviewers should want to know about during your interview – so they might use what’s already in your Personal Statement as a starting point to quiz you on your motivation for Medicine, your work experience, and your extracurricular activities

Even if the Med School doesn’t say anything specific on their website or in your interview invite about using Personal Statements at interview, it’s still a good idea to re-familiarise yourself with the content of your Personal Statement in order to prepare. 


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Which Med Schools Will Ask About My Personal Statement?

We’ve had a look at what all of the Med Schools are saying about interviews on their websites, so here’s a guide to the ones that mention using Personal Statements at interview…

  • Aberdeen University says that your Personal Statement will be assessed during your interview.
  • Anglia Ruskin University advises that you should be prepared to discuss or use aspects of your Personal Statement at your MMI
  • Barts (Queen Mary University of London) states that interview panelists will use your Personal Statement to ask questions about your work experience.
  • Exeter University suggests that you keep a copy of your Personal Statement, because it will likely be referred to at interview. 
  • Glasgow University recommends that you revisit your Personal Statement to prepare for interview, because the interviewers will have no knowledge about you other than your name.
  • Imperial College London says that you could face questions about your Personal Statement at interview, and that you should use your Personal Statement to highlight the skills you have that make you suited to the course.
  • Keele University mentions that you can expect to be asked at some length about your hobbies and interests, and that an obvious starting point for these questions will be areas mentioned in your Personal Statement. 
  • Kent and Medway Medical School suggests that you could be asked about your Personal Statement at one of the MMI stations.
  • Lancaster University advises that interviewers will want to explore your understanding of your chosen career through discussion of your Personal Statement and your work/voluntary experience.
  • Liverpool University mentions that information relevant to your Personal Statement is likely to be considered as part of the interview process. 
  • Queen’s University Belfast states that your Personal Statement will be considered as part of the MMI process. 
  • Southampton University uses Personal Statements at their Selection Days.
  • Sunderland University says that you will have an opportunity to discuss your Personal Statement at your MMI.

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How Should I Answer Questions About My Personal Statement?

Before the interview, look over your Personal Statement to refresh your memory of the information – but don’t just learn it off by heart. If the interviewers have seen your Personal Statement in advance, or have it in front of them, they will know if you’re regurgitating it instead of speaking more spontaneously. 

If you’re asked about aspects of your Personal Statement at interview, use the opportunity to expand on any points you want to say more about. For example, you could reflect on lessons learned from your work experience in more depth, or give further details about your hobbies and how these skills could be relevant to a career in Medicine. 

You can also use this opportunity to tell the interviewers about anything you’ve done since submitting your Personal Statement (e.g. if you’ve recently started a new work experience or volunteering placement), because obviously they won’t know about this already and it could strengthen your application.

Even if you aren’t asked about your Personal Statement by the interviewers directly, you can use information from your Personal Statement to discuss yourself and your experience in a clear, structured way.


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