How to ace interviews
We’ve all had them whether it was for a new job or to gain entry onto the chosen degree course.
I remember my first ever interviews were actually to move to different sixth forms, but that was not even close to being as nervewracking as the ones that followed throughout the years. The interviews I had, when I applied for undergraduate entry medicine were probably the ones I was most afraid of. The interviews itself were actually quite nice, however I am sure that if my answers sounded confident enough, I would have made it into medical school.
There are a few tips I would like to share from my experiences regarding interviews:
1. Your attire – It matters how you dress as this builds the first impression. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need suits all the time, however a smart shirt and trousers should be able to work for almost all interviews.
2. Preparation – Before you go to any interview, you need to show the interviewers that you do really want to go there. Anticipate possible questions beforehand and find out as much as possible about the institution/place in advance. You may come across things that you find interesting yourself.
3. Make conversation with the other people around you there – In the very last interview I had for my part time job, we were all told after we were successful that they usually get their reception staff to monitor us. This is to see how we are as a communicator.
4. Try to come across as confident – When you’re giving responses, make sure that you don’t make your answers sound like questions instead. Be sure that what you’re saying is correct.
5. Plan ahead – The journey to the place may take longer than you hoped, hence it may be advisable to travel a lot earlier. A lot of people even go the day before and book a hotel. This gives them a chance to get familiar with the surroundings and ease into the new environment.
Most importantly, remember to relax and see the interview as an opportunity to show off your skills and experiences. The mistake I made in Year 13 when I applied is that I believed the interview to be everything. When I then received the letter saying that I was unsuccessful, the rejection hit me pretty hard. It took me months to recover from this as at the time, Medicine was everything I ever wanted – and still is everything I want! However, I’ve learnt to understand that there are so many more opportunities ahead, so many more chances to prove ourselves. You should never stop fighting for something you’ve always aspired to.
Hope this has been motivating. If anyone has any questions regarding interviews please feel free to drop a comment below.