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Tips to prepare for a university interview on medicine

Preparing for a university interview can be a daunting process, which is why our expert university consultants have put together some tips to help you. If you require one-to-one advice please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.

Firstly research the format the interview will take as each university is different. Some have multi mini interviews whilst others take a more traditional panel approach. You may also have to join in group discussions. Practise handling all these scenarios to ensure you have the right skills to sell yourself whatever the format. Body language is important.

Ensure your background knowledge of the course is comprehensive. You will not only need to come across as having a passion for medicine and the motivation to work hard to stay the course but also that you are completely in the picture as to the content of the course and how the learning is delivered-traditional or more problem-based learning.

Showing that you have experience assimilating with people from all walks of life and cultures with empathy and sensitivity is important. Be ready to share examples of how you have used communication and people skills to handle difficult situations, where others were angry or upset, for example as a result of bad news.

Ethics are critical to the medical profession. You will need to demonstrate that you have balanced opinions, can construct a logical argument, are open to cultural sensitivities and have an in-depth understanding of ethical principles. Your knowledge of current affairs will come into play here.

The structure and challenges of the NHS should be a subject on which you can show in-depth knowledge. Medicine is a career and not a job. You will need to show that you understand the general direction of travel of UK healthcare and are committed to making a lifelong contribution.

Learn to identify types of questions so you can structure your answer. Does the question require facts and knowledge or the construction of a balanced argument or opinion? Structure your answer accordingly. In the introduction, turn around and rephrase the question to give thinking time e.g. “There are many reasons that I want to study medicine ….. “ Then create an argument by grouping positives and negatives together if possible and finally summarise and reach a conclusion. Do not be afraid to express your personal opinion and be prepared to defend it!

Deliver balanced but focused responses and arguments.

How our university consultants can help

If you need assistance to prepare your application for medicine or to prepare for the interview, our team of expert university consultants are here to help. Give us a call to discuss your individual ambitions so we can let you know how our team of friendly experts will support and advise you in achieving them.

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