Interview Preparation

A successful application to medical school includes having had a successful interview. The interview, for many students is the most anxiety-provoking part of the application process. Preparation can be key to having an interview experience that will lead to an offer of admission. The Career Center at Washington University is "command central" for interview preparation, including providing mock interviews. Seasoned advisors can help you prepare for the different types of interviews you will encounter. While the medical school 'interview season' is typically late August - February, the Career Center is able to assist you in your preparation during both the summer and the school year. With many medical school applicants taking one or more gap years, the Career Center offers appointments by Skype or phone for students living outside the St. Louis area.

There are different methods for interviewing and assessing medical school applicants, including: the traditional interview, the MMI (multiple mini interview), and CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics). Listed below are some materials that will be helpful to you in your preparation for this portion of your application.

Visit the Career Center Website for more in depth information:
https://students.wustl.edu/big-interview/

Schedule a Mock Interview:
https://students.wustl.edu/find-career-adviser/

 

Virtual Interviews

If you do not have a private, quiet location for your interview you may be able to ask a family member or friend if they have a private space with good internet that you can borrow. If you are in STL, you may be able to book a space on campus. If neither of those are an option, a hotel or airbnb might be a good choice. Students with financial need can apply to the Student Success Fund for help with financing. Campus Locations for Interviews: 3rd Floor Interview Rooms • Contact Morgan Witzig, Event Management, to reserve a room [morgan.witzig@wustl.edu or 314.935.3443] • Students would need a start/end time to use the space; include arriving + setting up, start/end of interview, cleaning up, door locks. • No more than one person/day in the room; cleaned once a night

Tips for Online Interviews

Interview Types and Resources

CASPer
CASPer is a situational judgment test that is used as a pre-interview screening tool at some schools.
CASPer website: https://www.caspertest.com/casper-sample-questions/

                              https://takecasper.com/test-prep/
University of Washington: https://depts.washington.edu/bhdept/ethics-medicine

 

Traditional Interview:

Princeton Review: https://www.princetonreview.com/med-school-advice/medical-school-interview-questions

Career Center: https://careercenter.wustl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Applying-to-Med-School-17.pdf
                           https://careercenter.wustl.edu/items/big-interview/

MEDPREP: http://pages.wustl.edu/medprep/virtual-advisor/medical-school-interview

 

Multiple Mini Interview (MMI):
University of Michigan: https://careercenter.umich.edu/article/mmi-resources

Columbia University Bioethics Department: http://sps.columbia.edu/bioethics/premed
MMI Resource List:
https://wustl.app.box.com/s/ng1f6j6jl3wfioc1y3pnvkykihrlcplu
University of Washington: https://depts.washington.edu/bhdept/ethics-medicine

 

Medical Ethics and Health Policy Resource List for Medical Interviews (2017): https://wustl.app.box.com/s/x0576fqm2yh4c8t0xa15gddb1yw66kbq