Before the Interview: What You Should Prepare


  • Know yourself
    -What are your career objectives?
    -Why do you want to go to medical/osteopathic/dental/pharmacy/etc. school?
    -Why each specific school?
    -What are your personal qualifications? What makes you stand out or "special"?
    -What are your interests, talents, skills?
    -What are your personal values?
    -What special experiences do you bring with you?
    -Be able to summarize this in a 30-second "elevator" pitch

  • Know the program
    -Check out the web site for the school where you will be interviewing
    -Do additional research on its program, faculty, and special attributes
    -Check out studentdoctor.net to get an idea of the questions you might be asked
    -Think of specific questions that you could ask the interview panel when prompted
    -Prepare to rethink new questions at the interview as some may get answered along the way

  • Dress Professionally – Look the Part
    -Business suit is the safest way to go (for both men and women)
    • Dark colors are always "safe"
      White shirt and a tie for men
      White blouse for women
    • Shoes: clean and polished
    -Be clean, neat, well-groomed
    -Avoid showing tattoos, piercings, exotic or flamboyant jewelry
    -When in doubt, dress conservatively
    -Go easy on perfumes and after shaves

  • Know ahead of time where your interview will be held
    -Be on time! Arrive early

  • What to bring?
    -Notepad or bound portfolio
    -Pen
    -Copies of personal statement for each committee member
    -Do not bring a packpack or bulky bag