The medical school interview allows the admissions committee to gain a better understanding of the applicant. Beyond the information you provide on your AMCAS and secondary forms, the interview helps to show that you possess the interpersonal communication skills a physician should have. The interview should be looked upon as an opportunity to humanize your file and not as something to dread.


Contrary to popular opinion, you CAN prepare for an interview. Although you may not know the exact questions you will be asked, most medical school committees always have a few questions that are guaranteed to be stated.

Common Questions:

  1. Why do you want to be a doctor?
  2. How have you prepared yourself for medical school?
  3. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  4. What type of medicine interests you?
  5. What has been your best/worst experience in medicine?

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The following five areas were covered in the majority of medical school interviews. BE PREPARED!

  1. Source of Interest in Medicine
  2. Interpersonal Qualities
  3. Qualities of Medical School
  4. Interest in Primary or Specialist Care
  5. Specific Qualities that will Ensure Success
The Interview

Physical Appearance

The key to making a good impression is to look as professional as possible. Men should wear a suit and tie, and women should wear a solid dress or suit. All clothing should be conservative. Jewelry should not be flashy or excessive. Shirts, pants, and coats should all be pressed to perfection.

Body Language

How would you feel going to a doctor who carries himself around as though he was oblivious to the world around him? When you go in for your interview remember that your body language tells much about you.

Here are a few tips:

Finally, remember that the interview is meant to help your application. Most schools only use the interview to make sure you are as good as you look on paper. Stay relaxed and keep the following advice in mind: