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Preparing for Interviews

Preparing for Interviews
By Emil Eddy • Issue #58 • View online
Hey everyone!
I know people are starting to finish their UCATs and enter interview season, so I thought I would share 3 tips on how to approach the MMI interviews:
Interviews are pretty common throughout life, so I don’t think these tips are completely irrelevant if you’re not doing an MMI :)
1. Get Familiar with the scenarios
As with any assessment, understanding the details of the task is crucial. When preparing for your MMI/medical interviews, start first by understanding the constraints of what will be asked of you. How long will you have to answer the questions? What do the questions look like? How will the entire interview run?
Answering these questions will hopefully put your mind at rest, but also set yourself up for productive practice.
This is the link to a resource I made with 50 practice scenarios + answers that would be a great start to understand question types.
2. Practice devising answers
Once you understand the general details of the task, it’s important to apply some of your knowledge in practice. Try using some practice scenarios without any time pressure and try to think in the mind of a good candidate. Ask yourself some questions: What is the question really asking me? How would a good candidate answer this question? What is the best answer to this question?
At this stage, taking as much time as you need is important, as it helps you learn to think in the correct way. Time pressure can often reinforce bad habits, and can encourage us to copy answers without understanding why we might be saying them.
3. Practice speaking
For a lot of people, speaking to others in a formal setting is a daunting task, so make sure you practice this skill well in advance of your interview! Know that great speaking is about confidence, and one of the best ways to build confidence is to know what you are talking about.
I think a great way to build confidence is to have a prepared answer and deliver it to a mirror with your most confident persona. This isolates the other aspects of the interview, such as thinking of your answer, or managing time and helps you focus solely on building your charisma and confidence.
Often, the way a good candidate stands out is by delivering their answer passionately. Check out this video for a more in-depth guide.
I think these are three of the highest yield things you can do to start your UCAT preparation, so good luck and have fun practicing!
- Emil

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Hi! My name is Emil and I'm a second year medical student studying at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Every Sunday I write a little bit about my life as a medical student and content creator :)

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