The primary purpose of the interview is for the school to learn more about you and your goals, experiences, and motivation. It is also an opportunity for you to learn more about the school. Be prepared to talk about your own interests and to ask some intelligent, reasonable questions. Most interviewers try to provide an atmosphere in which they can find out who you are; “stress” interviews, deliberately gauged to upset applicants, are rare. Be relaxed, but not passive.
Most health professions graduate schools discourage candidates from asking for an interview. However, if your plans make it possible or convenient for you to be in a distant city at a certain time, it is proper to bring this to the attention of the schools in that city and to ask for an interview at that time if they are planning to interview you.
- InterviewFeedback.com is a nationally maintained web site that contains a compilation of people's interviewing experiences at US medical schools.
- The Premedical Office at BC maintains a notebook of “Interview Reports” filled out by our students who have interviewed at various health professions graduate schools. Feel free to stop by our office before you interview at a specific school. These reports will help you know what to expect.
- A pamphlet entitled “The Medical School Interview” is available on reserve (BI 000) at O'Neill Library.
- In the fall (starting in September), the Career Center (617-552-3430) runs a series of Interviewing Workshops that help prepare students for health professions graduate school interviews. Feel free to call the Center to sign up for a workshop. Additionally the Career Center offers InterviewStream This is an online system where you can practice your interviewing skills.