Tough Medical School Interview Questions To Answer
How To Interview For Medical School: Lesson 5
The toughest medical school interview question to answer is “ What is your greatest weakness?” Almost everyone is asked some form of this question during their medical school interviews. There is one way to conquer this tough question: prepare for it hard and then interview easy. You need to be honest about a weakness of yours but you don’t have to pick your “greatest weakness”. In other words, you do need to confess something but make sure not to confess any significant deficiency that is not already on your medical school application. If you do, you will guarantee yourself a med school rejection letter.
Confess something small such as a mistake you’ve made in the past and then show how you have corrected it or learned from it. Here is one example of an acceptable response. Perhaps your weakness is that you didn’t exercise enough during your freshman and sophomore years at college. But…then you learned how to prioritize good health and began to schedule 30 minutes of daily exercise into your routine. If you happen to be one of the lucky few not to be asked for a weakness during your med school interview, don’t volunteer any.
Another tough situation that may arise during your med school interview is being asked about some personal information that you DIDN’T provide on your medical school application. These days it is possible for a member of the med school admissions team to google you. Your medical school interviewer may learn all about your interests, your community service, or your political associations just with the click of mouse. If you have any questionable photos on facebook or any other information about yourself on the web that you do not want your interviewer to know about you, delete them NOW. Be prepared to discuss any public information that is available about you via the web.
Important Note:If you do have a particular disability that will affect your performance as a medical school student or as a practicing physician, you will need to discuss your situation during your med school interview. This is not the situation that I am referring to when I present the question “What is your greatest weakness?”