For many students, the waiting game begins after they submit their medical school applications. They wonder when they will hear back and if they will be invited for an interview. This process can be nerve-wracking, but we are here to help! In this article, we will discuss when you can expect interview invitations and how they come. We’ll also answer some common questions that students have about the interview process. Stay tuned – it’s going to be a helpful resource!
How long till you get a medical school interview invite
Usually, you will hear back within two to four weeks after submitting your application. However, it can take up to six weeks in some cases. If you have not heard anything by then, be sure to reach out to the admissions office and follow up.
What if I’m waitlisted
If you are placed on a waiting list, there is no set time frame for when you will hear back. The admissions office will review the waitlist and contact applicants when there is an opening.
Many schools send their invites in two ways, either on a rolling basis or they will batch them. This means ultimately that you could get an interview invite in just a few days up to a month or so.
Interviews typically happen during
Medical school interviews typically happen during the months of October, November, and December. However, some schools offer interviews in January and February as well.
If you are traveling for an interview
Some students may have to travel for their interviews. If this is the case, be sure to reach out to the school ahead of time to find out what accommodations they can offer.
You can expect most of your medical school interview invites to be for dates during the late fall and winter months as mentioned above.
Most medical schools follow that general outline, but few offer later invites, and there are even fewer schools that send an interview invitation out in early spring.
How you will get invited for an interview
Medical school interview invites typically are sent out via email.
Some schools send an invitation right when they get your application and others wait until later when they have reviewed the applications more closely.
In addition to receiving interview invites by email, some other ways you can receive them include:
– through regular mail or postal service (USPS) if there’s no electronic communication method available between you and the school
– when contacting admissions offices directly, either in person or over phone calls.
It is not typical to get one in the main these days, but email and phone seem to be the most common ways an admissions committee will send out invites.
Make sure to watch your phone and email closely during the time of application!
Do all med school applicants get interviews?
No, not all medical school applicants get interviews. The admissions committee may decide to invite some students for an interview and deny others based on their criteria when selecting candidates.
Do you need a certain GPA or MCAT score to be invited?
There is no set GPA and/or MCAT that will guarantee an invitation to interview at every school, but some schools do have minimum requirements for these things when applying.
The median GPA and MCAT scores of accepted applicants can give you a good idea about what the school might be looking for when they review applications from candidates who qualify based on other factors (like work experience). For example, if your GPA is below their median but higher than average then you may have a better chance of getting an interview.
The best way to know for sure is to read the admissions requirements page on the school’s website or contact their admission office directly.
Some students wonder if they should retake the MCAT if their score is lower than what a certain medical school requires.
This decision is entirely up to you, but keep in mind that when applying to multiple schools they may not all have the same minimum requirements when it comes time for interviews.
How many interviews do most medical school applicants get?
Most applicants get between one and three interviews when applying.
The number of invites you get can depend on the school’s admissions process, your own personal qualifications (like GPA/MCAT scores), and how many schools have interviewed other candidates at that point in time.
Can I appeal for an interview if I don’t receive one?
Yes, there are some universities that allow you to appeal for an interview when applying.
The best way is to contact the school directly or check their website for more information on how you can do this.
If they don’t offer appeals, then unfortunately there’s nothing else you can do except try again next year with a better application!
What month are med school interviews?
Many medical schools have a process of both primary and secondary applications before they send interviews. With primary applications opening in June/July, and secondaries going out in Aug/Sept, this puts most interviews in October-December.
It is important to know though, that some schools will continue to interview into January and even February in some instances.
How do I know if my medical school interview went well?
This is tough, because the medical school admissions committees can leave you feeling great, but then wham, you get denied or waitlisted.
In general though, you will feel like you did a decent job and answered questions well.
I would say the best way for you to know the interview went well is based on how easy it was to talk with the interviewer, how long you were in there, and the general feeling.
Think of it like going on a date. How do you know that went well? Go with your gut feeling after the interactions are over.
How long should med school interview answers be?
There is no one good answer to this. Your answers should be long enough to fully answer the question and provide good context/examples when needed.
I would say a minute is a good baseline for each answer, but some may need more or less time depending on how much you have to say.
As a general rule, just be thoughtful and thorough in your answer and don’t ramble. If you keep those three things in mind, then you will have the right answer and it will likely be the perfect duration!
How long should my answer to why medicine be?
Your answer to why medicine should be a great length!
Seriously though, there is no one perfect answer to this question.
Some people make a great case for two minutes, while others may need five or more to fully explain their thought process and why they want to be a doctor.
Just like with the previous question, be thoughtful and thorough when answering this question so that you give them everything they need when deciding on whether or not to accept you into their program.
How do you answer describe yourself in medical school?
This can be a tough question, a good way to approach it is by thinking about the qualities that you want to highlight when talking to someone.
Are you a leader? Do you have a great work ethic? Are you compassionate?
Once you have an idea of the qualities that make you unique, start crafting your answer by using those as examples.
For example, “I am someone who has always been a leader, when I was in high school it was because of my athletic ability and when I went to college it was due to being able to speak up for those who couldn’t.”
Think for a while about all the medical student qualities that you think a student needs to be successful in medical school, and then find examples of those in you, and just talk about those!
How do you answer why should we accept you medical school?
This is again, another tough question.
A good approach to take with this question is to think about the qualities that the school is looking for and then match them with what you have to offer.
For example, if a school looks for leadership qualities in their students, you can talk about how you were captain of your varsity soccer team or how you started a club on campus that helps underprivileged kids.
If a school looks for students who are compassionate, you can talk about when you volunteered at the local animal shelter and how much it meant to you when that one dog was adopted after being in there for months.
If a school is looking for diversity among their students, then maybe they would want someone like me because I grew up on two different continents and speak three languages fluently.
Think for a while about all of the qualities that make you unique and then when answering this question, use examples that exemplify those qualities.
The key here is to match what they want with what you have to offer!
How do you answer Where do you see yourself in 5 years medical school?
Yet another tough question, this is kind of the theme for med school interviews right?
A nice way to answer this question is to talk about your long-term goals and how being a part of the medical school will help you achieve those.
For example, “I want to be a pediatrician because I love working with kids and I think that it is such an important time in their lives. Being a part of this medical school will help me learn more about pediatrics and when I graduate, I will be able to use what I learned here in my own practice.”
Think about where you see yourself when you are done with medical school (or residency) and then think of how the particular medical school that you are interviewing for can help you get there.
This is a great way to connect your long-term goals with the school that you are interviewing for, and it can show them that you have done your research!
So those are some of the most common questions that students get asked during their medical school interviews.
Just remember to be thoughtful when answering these questions, and to match what they want with what you have to offer! Good luck!
What makes you a good fit for medical school?
This question should be answered by highlighting qualities that make you unique and why those qualities will help you be successful in medical school.
For example, “I am someone who has always been a leader when it comes to academics and athletics. I have never given up when the going gets tough and I know that this type of perseverance will help me when I am faced with difficult medical school coursework.”
When answering this question, think about the qualities that make you unique and then give examples of how you have demonstrated those qualities in the past.
Alright, so that was a lot of information!
Just to recap, here are the main points:
- when you can expect interview invitations for medical school
- how to answer why should we accept you medical school
- how to answer where do you see yourself in five years medical school
- what makes you a good fit for medical school when asked in your interview
- how to answer when to expect interview invitations for medical school
I hope this has been helpful as we covered a bunch! Please go back through and go over some of the common responses a few more times, and you will be good to go!