Many of you may be well into preparing for interviews. Practicing how to answer tough personal questions and scenarios are vital. However one aspect of doing an interview that people may not focus on is how to present yourself in front of the interviewer. Presentation is just as important as the content you say in an interview. Now you might be thinking, ‘there’s no way that’s true’ however let me put it in perspective for you. In an MMI, the interviewers are sitting in a room by themselves for an entire day asking many different students the same question/s over and over again. Every candidate is undoubtedly smart otherwise they wouldn’t be there and so the answers that the interviewers are receiving won’t be incredibly different to each other. As someone who went to many interviews, I don’t believe that it was my content that resulted in me getting offers from my top preferences, instead I believe it was the impression I made on the interviewers through my presentation.
Making a great first impression is critical! When you enter the room, the interviewers will immediately judge whether they can see you as a future doctor. Here’s a couple of things to make sure you do when you open that door:
These are all small things which add up to become quite significant in the interview. If you can perfect these little aspects of your interview technique, then you will set yourself up very well to get offers from universities.
Written by Vinay a 100th percentile student studying medicine at Monash University.