Types of Interviews
There are a few different types of interviews. Hopefully, the following will help explain the types that you may encounter.
- Regional interview: Some institutions have regional interviews (e.g., New York City). In all cases, it is better to have your interview on the school campus; they get to see you, and you get to see the institution.
- Informal interview: The person interviewing you makes you feel relaxed and serves coffee and doughnuts. You may meet with several interviewers at a time.
- Multiple Mini interview: Popular at Canadian and some U.S medical schools. Usually consist of 6-10 timed stations through which applicants rotate (see student doctor.net)
- Pressure interview: Very, very rarely, interviews are set up to see how you act under pressure. Your interviewer may say that he/she has lost your file (you can then produce a copy of your application and essay), or the telephone may ring frequently during the interview, or you may be asked to open a window that is permanently stuck, etc.
The vast majority of interviewers are supportive, but almost every premedical/predental student has one terrible interview. On the other hand, students sometimes find that the school at which they feel they have had a poor experience will accept them. Please bear this in mind.
When visiting a school, be very considerate and friendly to the secretaries. They can significantly influence the decision-making process.
After your interview, we strongly recommend sending your interviewer(s) a thank-you note. Our office also keeps a list of alumni who are currently attending health professions graduate schools. If you have an interview, feel free to check whether we have any BC graduates attending that school.