Before your interview (and even before your invitation if you want to learn more), we have a set of interview informational videos covering basics, how to prepare, and MMIs: (337) Pre-Health Resources | Handshake (joinhandshake.com)
AAMC has more information on interviews: https://students-residents.aamc.org/medical-school-interviews/medical-school-interviews
You can also find information directly from some medical schools, such as this series from University of Michigan medical students: https://umdoseofreality.org/10017/how-to-succeed-at-virtual-med-school-interviews?fbclid=IwAR1sbZHksRyw3bTNRb6xVWaqm-r53JtYkjQAUyEx4VrwgfGVrBisSiXr1Qg
We remind you that there are many sources online; please use your own judgement regarding what sources are truly accurate and helpful.
Once you have been invited for an interview, you can schedule a mock interview. We offer mock sessions via Zoom and in person that will give you an idea of the content covered in these interviews as well as tips on how to be a more successful interviewee. Applicants can utilize one mock interview for each of the two types of interviews: traditional and MMI. Typically, the professional school contacting you will let you know if they intend to utilize a style that is different than a typical question and answer interview. We suggest scheduling a mock traditional interview with someone you have not worked with previously to simulate meeting someone new. MMIs are formatted and can be scheduled with any available advisor. Once again, you cannot schedule a mock interview unless you have booked an official interview with one of your schools.
Some specific COVID interview advice for in-person interviews:
Bring a mask (probably a back-up, too) and be prepared to wear it for most/all of the day since you will likely be in a clinical setting. If others do not wear masks but you prefer to, you can. As a general rule, it is a good idea to be more cautious; you don’t want to be the only person throwing caution (and your mask!) to the wind.
When you meet someone, you do not need to automatically shake hands. It is appropriate to ask if they are comfortable shaking hands or if they prefer elbows. This is not offensive and can demonstrate you are conscientious about others’ feelings and/or give you the opportunity to express if you have any hesitations.