Online Medicine Mock Interview
If you have clicked on this page, you are probably a Medicine applicant wondering where you can find practice mock interviews for medical school in the UK.
We have created a handy guide with our resources, tips and tricks to help you nail interviews at your chosen medical schools- we hope you find this helpful.
Best of luck with your interviews!
What happens at a medical school interview?
You will be invited to the medical school campus, or your interview may take place online. You will receive the location and details of your interview in your invitation letter.
Medical school interviews are usually held between November and March, to join the Medicine programme the following September. Some universities such as Oxford may ask you to take additional tests, along with your interview.
When you are face-to-face with interviewers, they will ask you a series of questions. Based on the answers you give, the interviewer will assess your capability for medicine and get a sense of who you are as a person.
You will have a short time to give a good impression, so conducting yourself professionally and showing your aptitude and passion for Medicine is vital for you to land a place on the course.
You will have the opportunity to ask any questions at the end of the interview, so use this wisely.
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What kind of questions will I be asked at my medical school interview?
There are countless questions you can expect to be asked at your medical school interview. These questions are about your character, your motivation to study Medicine, how prepared you are for the challenges of becoming a doctor, as well as the healthcare industry in general.
Here are examples of questions which may come up in your interview:
- Why do you want to become a doctor?
- Why do you want to study Medicine at this university?
- What do you hope to achieve with a degree in Medicine?
- How has your clinical experience or volunteering prepared you to study Medicine?
- What field of Medicine do you want to specialise in? Why?
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
- Tell me about yourself.
- How will you cope with a heavy workload?
- What do you think makes a good doctor?
- Was there a particular interaction with a doctor that stuck with you?
- Tell me about a time when you did not get along with a superior.
- How do you handle stress?
- Give me an example of a time you failed.
- How would you handle a difficult patient?
- How will you contribute to university life?
- What are some books that have been important in your educational path?
The healthcare industry
- What do you know about the current trends in the UK’s healthcare system?
- What do you think has been the most important development in the history of medicine?
- What is your view on prescription cannabis?
- Should the NHS be privatised?
- Were the junior doctors right to go on strike?
- What rising technology are you excited about in Medicine?
- What is the role of a pharmacist?
- If you had the choice to give a transplant to a young drug addict or a successful older man, who would you allocate the organ to?
- Your patient is a 6-year-old child with terminal cancer. For religious reasons, the child’s parents are refusing treatment, in favour of non-conventional alternatives. How would you deal with this?
- A patient has AIDS. He does not want you to tell his wife. What would you do?
- Would you get out of your car to help a victim after witnessing an accident?
- Your friend has a gambling addiction and you want to help her. What would you say to her?
- A 15-year-old female patient tells you she is pregnant and wants an abortion. She requests that you don’t inform her parents. Is it ok for you to do this?
- Is it right for medical students to provide public health advice through social media?
- Is it ever okay to lie to a patient?
- Should the public be forced to wear face masks on public transport?
- A patient with depression has shared severe suicidal ideation in her appointment with you. You are concerned about her well-being. What do you do?
- Is it ever okay to accept gifts from patients?
- You are a junior doctor. You have witnessed a senior colleague swearing at a patient. Will your report this behaviour?
What is a Medicine mock interview?
A Medicine mock interview mirrors a real-life interview at a medical school. Someone will role-play as the interviewer and ask you questions, and you will have to answer them exactly as you would in a real-life interview.
Mock interviews are useful because they provide you with the opportunity to practice what you want to say. It will also help you structure your answers better and check if they flow smoothly.
Where can I get an online Medicine mock interview service?
Over the years, we have coached thousands of students on their medical school applications and interviews. With our interview coaching, you will feel ready and confident for your medical school interviews.
Our highly experienced team of tutors are all British doctors, who sit on medical school interview panels, and our lead tutor is a specialist in medical education. This level of tutoring is not guaranteed elsewhere!
- Choose between 2 to 20 hours of coaching.
- You will have personalised 1-1 lessons with our tutors, who are all qualified doctors & interview experts.
- Our tutors will coach you on every aspect of medical school interviews.
- You will have the opportunities to ask questions and receive feedback.
- Our tutors will boost your confidence for the interview stage and unlock your full potential.
There are topics that will come up during your medical school interview, that often catch candidates out. Our online mock interview service will prepare you on these topics:
- Motivation for Medicine
- Interpersonal skills
- Academic ability
- Lateral thinking
- Work experience
- NHS & Hot Topics
- Medical ethics
- Good Medical Practice (GMC)
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How do I prepare for a medical school interview?
There are multiple ways to prepare for a medical school interview. The more time you spend on preparation, the more confident you will feel on the day:
- Remember the qualities needed for a career in Medicine.
- Create a revision timetable and stick to it. But remember to take study breaks.
- Draw on your knowledge from your UCAT exam. What did you learn about Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement?
- Research medical school interview questions.
- Look up study resources which can help you prepare for MMI interview topics. For instance, The University of Washington has a fantastic resource on Ethics in Medicine, which contain examples of ethical dilemma questions that all aspiring doctors need to know.
- When you read example questions, collect the key factors and identify the problem. E.g. what is the most ethical decision you should make in that scenario? How will your decision impact the patient? Have you considered the patient’s autonomy?
- Brainstorm answers to the questions that you think are tricky. However, there is no need to write out answers to every single question you find on the Internet, as this will eat into your revision time.
- Split your questions into Medicine-related questions, and non-Medicine-related questions.
- Familiarise yourself with the style of questions. E.g. ‘who gets the organ?’ or ‘what would you do if…?’
- To prepare for your MMI interview, practice giving 8-minute answers out loud and time yourself.
- Keep up-to-date on news relating to Medicine and healthcare, by reading the news, listening to podcasts and reading books/journals.
- Use an interview tutoring service to help you prepare for an MMI interview and improve your performance.
- Identify your weak areas and revise them.
- Remember your interview etiquette. There are other candidates who are also eager to be accepted onto the Medicine course.
- Always treat others professionally and respectfully, as the interviewers will notice if you are not a team player.
- During your interview, stay calm, composed and polite. You won’t impress the interviewers if you are too chatty, if you interrupt others, or if you behave aggressively.
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