20 Common Interview Mistakes

January 22, 2014

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Holding a new born baby for the first time after observing the C-section Despite a barrage of information on interview etiquette, experienced interviewers at medical schools still lament the fact that they see prospective medical students making the same mistake over and over again. Arriving a few minutes late may not seem like such a big deal.

Here is a list of common interview mistakes that medical school applicants make:

1. Not preparing beforehand

2. Dressing inappropriately

3. Arriving late

4. Inability to properly answer why you want to become a doctor

5. Rambling on when answering questions

6. Using clichés when answering a question about your weaknesses

7. Being too certain about a specialty

8. Being too general in your answers

9. Being too confident while answering a question about a controversial topic

10. Accidently or purposely speaking badly of others

11. Bringing up a topic that you are unprepared to talk about

12. Not asking any questions when given the opportunity

13. Not making eye contact

14. Sitting with poor posture

15. Being overly friendly with the interviewer

16. Acting like you know what medicine is “all about”

17. Answering questions too quickly without thinking

18. Not being nice and professional to everyone (including staff and fellow interviewees)

19. Giving the impression that you are unwilling to move geographically

20. Not having concrete reasons why you want to attend that specific school