It might seem like an obvious point, but every year there are people who miss their interview because they got the timings wrong. Double-check the time of your interview, and also the time you’re expected to arrive (if the interview is in-person) or log in (if the interview is online).
For in-person MMIs or panel interviews, make sure you know where the interview is and how you are getting there. Plan to set off with plenty of time, in case you experience any delays on the way, because you don’t want to be late. For online interviews, organise your day so that you are ready to start well in advance.
If your interview is in-person, make sure you have everything that you’re supposed to take with you, e.g. ID. This information should be included in your interview invitation or on the Medical School website.
To ensure you’re prepared for an online interview, check that you have the necessary software/platform, whether it’s Zoom, Microsoft Teams or something else, and that you know how it works. Also, you’ll need an environment for your interview where you won’t be disturbed or distracted, and where the internet connection will be reliable.
Do all of this now so you won’t be rushing around and worrying on interview day!
It has now been several months since you wrote your Personal Statement, so it’s a good idea to re-familiarise yourself with it before your interview.
Some Medical Schools will use your Personal Statement to form the basis of interview questions, so it’s important that you remember what you wrote. Some won’t use your Personal Statement in this way, but it’s still wise to look back over it anyway. You should have written about your work experience and qualities that make you a good candidate for Medicine – and these are things you will need to talk about in your interview.
Avoid last-minute panic by planning your interview outfit in advance. It doesn’t need to be anything special, as long as you look smart and professional.
Make sure you choose something comfortable to wear, so you won’t feel distracted during your interview – or distract your interviewers by constantly fiddling with an item of clothing or jewellery! If you feel comfortable, you will feel more confident, which should boost your interview performance in turn.
For more tips, see this blog: What To Wear To A Medical School Interview.
Turning up to your interview well-rested after a good night’s sleep is arguably the most effective preparation you can do the night before. Remember that you have done your prep and last-minute cramming is unlikely to help.
So, once you have done all of the above, make sure you take some time to relax and don’t go to bed too late.
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