1. All schools interview a little differently but, in general, you go there when they want you.
2. Before you go, be sure to re-read your application (both AMCAS and secondary). Don’t rehearse answers, but do think carefully about your decision to make this your career. Know your strengths, abilities and weaknesses. Be prepared to discuss any problems in your file –a poor grade, low scores, etc. If you have encountered some pitfall, can you talk about how you grew from the experience? What did you learn? If you wrote about research or special volunteer projects, reflect back on them and have a concise statement of a sentence or two ready. The worst example shared by a medical school was of a student who couldn’t explain a research project that was the focal point of the application!
3. Review any information you have about the school. Check out their web site; the AAMC site has links to all the medical schools.
4. At the beginning of the interview day, most schools have an orientation meeting during which they explain the school’s interview policies and procedures.
5. Use the trip to help gather information for yourself about the school, the location, students, faculty, etc. It is fine to ask questions—it shows your interest and your desire to make an informed decision.
6. Most schools will provide an information session and/or an opportunity to discuss financial aid. This is the right time to begin to evaluate the cost/aid/loan differences among schools.
7. Sometimes an applicant is asked a question that is either clearly inappropriate or perceived as inappropriate. Most schools will give you information about how to follow-up, but you can always contact Sue Livesay by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (207-725-3627) for advice.
8. Remember to write thank-you notes to your interviewers. Keep in mind that these letters may end up in your admissions file, so it is important that you not send duplicate letters! Your notes do not need to be lengthy. You may choose to take advantage of the opportunity to reiterate your interest in the school, to make reference to some part of the interview, or perhaps to provide (briefly) some information you wish you had shared during your visit.