Acing the Interview:
Professional Health Programs use a variety of different types of interview styles. They could include:
Interview Prep Resources:
During this type of interview, the interviewer has not
looked over your application; therefore, you must introduce yourself
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
are a series of short structured interview stations that candidates
rotate through. Typically interviewees get approximately 5-8 minutes at
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.
- 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
- 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
For more information regarding the standardized exam for your specific graduate health professions program of interest, please visit the Health Careers webpage.
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- My Own Country – Abraham Verghese
- Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
- Love in the time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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- The House of God – Samuel Shem, MD.
- Arrowsmith – Sinclair Lewis
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