Once getting my offer to medical school. I was so excited, then came the interview.
That moment when you're so close yet so far. I had all four medical school interviews. But was rejected from two interviews already. I stated wondering what I was doing wrong.
The first round interviews, were the mmi, the last 2 were panel interviews.
Imaging having to interact for 15-20 minutes with someone who has your whole future in their hands. They are at the stage you want so bad, in the next few years. How do you not panic or say something silly. You start wondering if it is true that, the interviewers are out to get you.
Are you smart enough. What do you say which may makes you seem like you're the right candidate. These are some of the questions that went through my head, while I was preparing for my interview.
On the day of my panel interview, there were two interviewers, they first asked me to relax and that they just wanted to know more about me and what I wrote on my personal statement. They were so nice and nothing what I was expecting.
So here are the myths you may have heard from your colleagues or online about the panel interview.
Myth. The longer you are speaking to the interviewer the better you are doing. Many applicants think that if you talk for a long period of time, it means you are performing better. First, talking for a long period of time means you're more likely to make a mistake or say something which they might catch you on. If you have answered your questions properly and concisely then you have done well.
Putting yourself in a pitfall by talking for too long and saying things you have limited knowledge on, are easily noticeable by an interviewer and you pout yourself at risk performing badly.
The interviewers most-likely have been interviewing all day. So they could easily dose off and miss what you really wanted to say, if you are not concise and straight to the point.
Myth. Do not panic or you will make a mistake.
You are still in the running. Compose yourself and keep going. What I really liked about the MMI is that you get 7 to 8 opportunities to give a good first impression and if any of the stations does not go to plan. Dose yourself off and start fresh at the next station. Don't start thinking about the previous station, when you attention should be at the current station. Despite, not getting this opportunity for the panel interview, you do get more time to settle yourself and get a momentum also you do not need to worry about the buzzing going off, telling you to go to the next station of the MMI.
The good thing with more time, means you can truly show your personality and desire to be a doctor. You can build a chemistry with the interviewers, hence even if you've messed up, they might still want you at their medical school, as there could be something about your personality, that they really like, so they will be more likely to remember you when deciding which students passes the interview.
THIS LITERALLY HAPPENED TO ME, Yes!
During my interview I told one of the interviewers that he looked really young to be a doctor. They laughed and i asked him for his age. I was just so admired, how young he was and already a doctor, that I started asking him some questions about himself once the interview was finished. Well I don't know if it is a good thing or bad thing, but I did get my offer :).
Myth. There is a big difference between MMI and panel interview.
They are more similar than you may think. The questions and whole content would be similar, it is just that some medical schools add various other stations for their interviews. Such as East anglia and Leeds. They both assessing the same qualities, though in MMI you do get a role play, whereas in panel, it would be an ethical scenario and they would ask you how you would react, which you would most likely need to answer it with the same knowledge you would have needed for the role play.
All you need to do is practise answering scenarios questions and you'll be fine in either of the interview styles.