Originally Posted by Contingency Plan
Got an interview next Tuesday for med school (University College London.) Any advice from physicians/med students would be most appreciated!
1) I would recommend that you have a prepared answer to the usual ice-breaker, "tell us a little about yourself". It seems like the simplest question, but it often confounds people.
2) I would be prepared to answer the question, "why do you want to study medicine" or "what is it about medicine that interests you"; try to avoid the usual "I want to help people" response, which sounds rather trite when you've heard it a 1000 times before.
3) Be able to list at least three or four personal qualities that you think will make you an effective doctor.
4) You may be asked what experience or exposure you have had to the medical profession. This is usually to get a sense of how informed your career choice might be. You are in the UK and I will assume that you are coming out of secondary school (correct?), so they may not expect that you have done volunteer work or some similar activity.
5) It might be nice to prepare for questions like, "is there an area of medicine that interests you?" or "where do you see yourself in 10 years?" or "do you have any ideas or plans for what you want to do after graduation?". Some times if you have a more structured long-term plan, it conveys a maturity and depth of thought about why you are choosing this field and what you hope to achieve.
These are non-academic questions that are often asked. If you can answer these honestly (and don't sound scripted!), you should fare well. Hope this is helpful and good luck!!