Coaching

What does In2MedSchool Coaching mean?

The Medicine application process can often seem long and grueling which is why your mentor and the rest of the In2MedSchool team will be right here to help you along.

From delivering targeted sessions meant to foster your soft skill development to

Interview Preparation - Types, Tips, Resorces

Mentees and Mentors Alert! Check out the Mentor Resource folder for practice questions!

Interview Types

Types of Interviews

The Medic Portal

You can see the explanation and breakdown of interview types including Multiple mini-interviews (MMI) and Panel interview at The Medic Portal's Medical School Interview section, found under the following link: https://www.themedicportal.com/application-guide/medical-school-interview/

Interview Tips

Tips for Interview

Written by Alisha Kassam, 02/11/2020

Medical school interviews can be quite daunting especially given that it might be your first ever formal interview. However, interviewers know this! They truly aren't trying to catch you out but rather tease information out of you so that your interview is a good representation of how you would be as a student.

Below are some top tips in preparing for interview:

1. First impressions count

Be sure to smile, shake the interviewers hand if possible and dress formally. This will not only ensure that you feel in the zone for an interview but also show the interviewer that you are excited to speak about medicine.

2. Preparation not memorisation

It is key to go through past interview questions so you have a better idea of the sorts of questions asked and have thought about bullet points of what you could say. However, I would not advise anyone to memorise answers as they can come across as robotic.

3. Take your time answering questions

It is completely normal to take time to think about an answer before speaking and you by no means will be penalised for this. It will also allow you to digest exactly what the interviewer wants from you so that you are able to answer the exact question they are asking as opposed to the question you want to be asked.

4. There is no negative marking

Interviewers are actively looking for reasons to give you an offer. A lot of the time the process of getting to interview was so strenuous that at interview all they want to see is that you are a person they would want in their class. Do not let a small mistake or one question dictate how the rest of the interview goes.

5. Interviewers are just normal people!

It is easy to imagine interviewers as an alien body but they are predominantly lecturers, students and consultants at the university or its hospitals. There is no need to be afraid of them as they truly do want to see you do well.

6. Reread your personal statement

By the time interview season arrives, it may have been a while since you wrote your personal statement. It is vital that you read through your personal statement and feel ready to delve into more detail on anything you have written on there.

7. Know your university

It is crucial that you know the structure of the medicine course at your university to show that you have researched it and understand what makes it different from other institutions. Personalising your answers to a universities medicine course can seem impressive and make your answers that bit better.

8. Give it a shot

Often, a question may seem very difficult to answer when you first hear it. Rather than saying ‘I dont know’ it might be good to ask the interviewer for more clarity on the question or just give it a guess. This also goes for terminology-be sure to ask the interviewer to define any terms that they have used which you do not fully understand.

9. Practice, practice, practice!

Try to rehearse by answering questions with family and friends. It is also a good idea to rehearse in the mirror or film yourself answering questions as this will allow you to gage how your body language and eye contact is while answering questions.

10. Be yourself

You do not have to put on a persona for interview. If you get asked what societies you are looking to join and you know the university has a quidditch society it is totally okay to say that is the society you are looking forward to most. While they want to see your passion for medicine, it is desired for you to do extracurricular activities and get involved with the university in other ways too.

11. Practice with your In2MedSchool Mentors

Ask your mentor for help and even a test interview. You can also discuss your concerns and queries with them and get personalised feedback.

60 Second Interview Tips

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Written by Rehaan Khokar, 02/11/2020
Y2 Medical Student and Regional Head (Newcastle) & In2MedSchool Teaching/Education Officer

  1. Be organic in your answers: Avoid over rehearsing and over preparing. Have a look at common topics that come up and common interview questions and make a list of keywords and bullet points you want to bring into your answers, when talking to the interviewer. Do not over rehearse and sound clinical in your responses. Be well articulated but sound organic ultimately.


  1. Look at The Medic Portal for common topics and interview questions that come up.


  1. Confidence trump's arrogance! Avoid saying “I did this this and this”, rather, say “I was given the opportunity to do this this and this and I learned this from it”. Remember to always talk about how you were given the opportunity and what you learnt from it.


  1. Always give examples from your work experience, shadowing and voluntary work and talk about what you learnt from that and the different skills you developed in order to be a good doctor.


  1. Be transparent! Do not lie because the interviews will be able to see through this!

Tips for Oxbridge Interviews

Written by Rehaan Khokar, 02/11/2020
Y2 Medical Student and Regional Head (Newcastle) & In2MedSchool Teaching/Education Officer

  1. Brush up on your knowledge of science and maths. The majority of applicants will generally have all science and maths A Levels and thus there is an expectation to have a good grasp of this up to AS/early A Level. Do not worry if you don’t have a certain science or maths at A Level – the interviewers at Oxbridge will know what level of science you have studied and pitch it around there.

  2. Review the specification for science/maths and practice application questions from past exam papers. The science element of the interview is particularly challenging and a lot of it is focused on application of knowledge. Make sure you understand why and how things happen for different mechanisms in Biology and Chemistry and then be able to apply that.

  3. Be able to interpret graphs! Oxbridge interviews love to present graphs (and other various images and data). Ensure you are confident in evaluating graphs critically and are able to draw conclusions well.

  4. Do a lot of wider reading! Read as many books, journals, articles, attend talks, conferences and so on forth that are related to medicine, science and even general philosophy or things that interest you! Pool together the insight you gain and present this at the interview to show your passion and dedication to medicine.

  5. Display your talents beyond being an academic student – do you have any hobbies and interests that are particularly insightful about you as a person? This may be an instrument you play or a club you lead or different volunteering you may do. Have a wide range of interests and try and show this off in the interview to come across as a well-rounded individual.

  6. Think out loud – literally! Oxbridge interviews are a way to gauge exactly how you think and rationalise your thoughts. The questions presented are often incredibly challenging and very, very daunting. However, it is not a test of what you know rather it is an intellectual challenge and discussion surrounding your thoughts, ideas and how well you articulate these. Share your thinking with the interviewers and discuss your thoughts, write them down on paper and say them out loud!

  7. Re-read your personal statement! If you have mentioned a book on your personal statement make sure you have recently read the book and can recall it sufficiently. Interviewers will often pick apart your personal statement and will want to engage in a discussion around this. Make sure everything you write is true.

  8. Do not panic! If you are genuinely perplexed about what to say given a rather odd or bizarre question like “what would you look like on a horse” or “what would an atom think?” just take a minute to think and process your thoughts. Vocalise these thoughts and try to suggest ideas – the interviewers are there to help you and will help clarify anything you are unsure of. Do not worry about “sounding stupid” – the questions are designed to be (somewhat) weird!

60 Second Oxbridge Medicine Interview Tips

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Written by Rehaan Khokar, 19/11/2020
Y2 Medical Student and Regional Head (Newcastle) & In2MedSchool Teaching/Education Officer

  1. Learn to apply your knowledge – the interview is not about recall from science! Rather it is about application of knowledge, how you think and how well you can articulate these ideas in an intelligent and coherent manner.

  2. Think out loud – do not stay silent! Talk through your working, your understanding and exactly what your are thinking. Express this vocally or draw ideas down on paper!

  3. Have a good grasp of sciences and maths – make sure you can recall everything! Have a good fundamental understanding of at least Biology and Chemistry up to AS/early A Level and some level of understanding of maths and physics up to GCSE/AS. The interviewers will know what subjects you are doing so do not worry if you don’t have maths and/or physics AS or A Level – but still aim to have some level of understanding somewhere slightly between GCSE and AS Level.

  4. Wide reading is your friend! Read/consume as many newspapers, magazines, journals, articles, TED talks, conferences, books, papers etc. in areas of science and medicine (as well as anything else you are passionate in such as literature or philosophy).

  5. Be honest in your personal statement! For example, if you mention reading a book on your personal statement make sure you can accurately recall what this was about and your thoughts and ideas. Or, if you mentioned playing an instrument make sure this is true! Interviewers will dissect your personal statement to gauge how you are as a person.

  6. Don’t panic! It is supposed to be hard – treat it like and intellectual challenge!

Interview RESOURCES

Medical Ethics and Legality: Resource Allocation Question

Written by Rehaan Khokar, 02/11/2020
Y2 Medical Student and Regional Head (Newcastle) & In2MedSchool Teaching/Education Officer

Check out this sample question, with thoughts on what to consider and detail on what General Medical Council (GMC) might consider:

Medical Ethics and Legality - Resource Allocation

Good Medical Practice and Tomorrow’s Doctors – Summary Notes

Written by Rehaan Khokar, 02/11/2020
Y2 Medical Student and Regional Head (Newcastle) & In2MedSchool Teaching/Education Officer

Check out this short summary of the Roles of the GMC and what is expected of a Doctor, as well as an outline of the skills a graduate may have:

Copy of Good Medical Practice and Tomorrow's Doctors SUMMARY.docx