On the interview day, be on time or even
early. I was thirty-five minutes late to one of
my medical school interviews (in my own city!) by
misjudging the traffic. Needless to say, I did
not get an acceptance letter from them (even
though, I had received acceptances to schools
that were much more highly regarded!).
Review all the preparatory material that you
have noted on the school. Review the school's
information; your list of questions to ask the
school; answers to possible questions that you
will be asked; reasons you would love to go to
their school. Don't forget to take a pen and
notepad so that you can take some notes.
In your notes, make sure you write down the
spelling of all the names of the interviewers
(you will later send thank you letter to all).
You will want to note the name of the
interviewer, his specialty in medicine and his
non-medical interests. You can get a feel for his
other interest based on what you find in his
office or you may ask him what he does during his
If you see pictures of him with a great white
shark hanging from the ceiling, (and if you too
are interested in fishing), you may want to ask
him about the location that the picture was
taken, etc. In your thank you letter, you may
want to refer to the great white shark and your
interest in fishing as well!
When you enter the room, you should be
confident but not arrogant. This means keep your
head up but the top of your head flat so that a
cup would not fall off of it (many people keep
their nose up which gives the appearance of
arrogance!). Wait for the interviewer to offer to
shake your hand; give him a strong but not bone
crushing handshake. Let him sit first or offer
you to sit before you sit down.