College of Science and Health > Student Resources > Office of Advising & Student Services > Pre-Health Advising > Interview and Test Preparation

Test Preparation

Acing the Interview:

Professional Health Programs use a variety of different types of interview styles. They could include:

Blind Interviews

During this type of interview, the interviewer has not looked over your application; therefore, you must introduce yourself from scratch.

Partial Blind Interviews

The interviewer during this type of interview may have only looked at one or two portions of your application. Make sure you able to articulate everything correctly and pretend you are working from scratch.

Open Interview

During this type of interview, the interviewer chooses what he/she wants to look at in your application; he or she may have read the entire application or none of it.

Stress Interview

A stress interview places the medical school applicant under a magnifying glass. The intent to is to see how you function under pressure/stress. The interviewer could ask you questions that may make you uncomfortable and to observe how you behave and speak during this stressful time.  A stress interview may contain questions about sensitive topics or personal questions that are not permitted. The interviewer is most interested in how the applicant responds than what he or she actually says.

Panel Interview

This is a meeting with several interviewers at once. Usually the panel consists of a variety of faculty, staff, and current students who will take turns asking the candidate questions.

Group Interview

Typically 3-7 applicants are gathered into a group at the same time and given the chance to respond to the same question in turn. Group interviews can be stressful but it is important to remember to: wait patiently for your turn, do not interrupt  or criticize other applicants, listen to what others say and refer to it when possible, be memorable, and assume that you and everyone in your small group is will be admitted.

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

MMI's are a series of short structured interview stations that candidates rotate through. Typically interviewees get approximately 5-8 minutes at each station.
Interview Prep Resources:

DePaul Interview Stream:

This is an online interview preparation tool that allows you to simulate a live interview using your computer and a webcam. You can pick questions for the video "interviewer" to ask. After answering their questions, you can replay your responses to evaluate your performance. Interview Stream

Career Center Mock Interview:

You can schedule an interview with a DePaul Career Center staff member. Being prepared will help give you the confidentce you need to succesfully highlight your skills and accomplishments durin gthe interviewing process.

Practice with Friends and Family:

There are a variety of websites with sample medical school interview questions. You can also find sample interview quesitons through the DePaul Pre-Health Advising Services. Practing with family and friends will give you a safe and comfortable experience while you work through what you want to say for your medical school interview.

How to Prep and Sample Interview Questions

Preparing for the Interview:
  • Why does it matter: Schools want to evaluate your personality, professionalism and maturity. They also want to know more about your motivation as to why you want to pursue professional school in your own words. 
2. Logistics of Interviewing:
  • Each school has a different process. Once you recieve an interview you should schedule your interview as soon as possible. 
3. Appearance Matters:
  • Students should dress in business attire. This typically means a suit with pants or skirts and  solid color dress shirt or blouse. Dress conservatively and remove/hid any tattoos or piercing if possible.
4. Prepare:
  • Practice for the interview. Use interview stream, the career center, and any other resources available. Also, be prepared with questions to ask the professional school you wil interviewing at.
5. Tips for the Day:
  • Turn off your phone
  • Be nice to everyone!
  • Be prepared, but not overhearsed
  • Be flexible
  • Smile
  • Shake hands
  • Make eye contact
  • Be engaged
  • Give direct answers
6. After the Interview:
  • Send a Thank-you note to interviewers or to everyone on your panel as soon as possible.

Study Guide Resources:

The Pre-Health Program has purchased a number of resource study guides for students who are planning on attending professional schools. The resources (MCAT, OAT, GRE, DAT, and PCAT books) can be checked out in the Richardson Library for two hours at a time. The library has a list of current study guides.

We ask students not to write or damage the books as they are expensive and many students will have access to utilize them.

For more information regarding the standardized exam for your specific graduate health professions program of interest, please visit the Health Careers webpage.

Healthcare Readings/Novels

  • The Emperor of All Maladies – Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • My Own Country – Abraham Verghese
  • Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
  • Love in the time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
  • The House of God – Samuel Shem, MD.
  • Arrowsmith – Sinclair Lewis
  • Complications: A surgeon’s notes on an imperfect science – Atul Gawande
  • The Spirit Catches you and You Fall Down – Anne Fadiman
  • Hot Lights, Cold Steel – Michael J. Collins, MD.
  • Emergency Doctor – Edward Ziegler
  • Better – Atul Gawande
  • The Soul of a Doctor – Susan Pories, Sachin Jain, and Gordon Harper
  • Intern Blues – Robert Marion
  • Med School Confidential – Robert Miller and Daniel Bissel
  • In Stitches – Anthony Youn
  • White Coat – Ellen Rothman
  • On Call: A Doctor’s Days and Nights in Residency
  • The Health Care Handbook – Nathan Moore and Elisabeth Askin
  • How Doctor’s Think – Jerome Groopman
  • Gifted Hands – Ben Carson
  • First Do No Harm – Lisa Belkin
  • Strength in What Remains – Tracy Kidder
  • The Healing of American: A Global Question for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care – T.R. Reid
  • Why Your Prescriptions Take So Damn Long to Fill - Drugmonkey
  • The Other Side - Kate Granger
  • The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat - Oliver Sacks
  • The Checklist Manifesto - Atul Gawande
  • The Optimism Bias - Tali Sharot
  • The Family that Couldn't Sleep - D.T. Max