Interview tips from current students

First year Medicine student Emily shares her experiences of having a Multiple Mini Interview at Hull York Medical School, and her tips for the day.

"I was very excited when I got my invitation, as it was the first of my interviews to come through. I was a little bit nervous, as I wasn’t sure what to expect or how to perform well, but I was honoured to have been given the opportunity as many people do not get this far. I was looking forward to meeting new people on the day.

"My interview was early December, so I was still in school at the time. I was the first in my year group to get an interview for medicine, so I was excited to represent myself and the school.

"I felt prepared as I had practised questions and read through all the material Hull York Medical School had provided. I was nervous when I arrived as I knew that getting into medicine is competitive, but the second I walked in and was greeted by the ambassadors, I relaxed. 

"The day made me feel that Hull York Medical School was a friendly environment that cared deeply for each and every student. I had three other interviews and in all of them, I felt insignificant, being rushed through the system, whereas at Hull York Medical School they took their time with all interviewees, making sure you were relaxed and made to feel valued. I can safely say since coming to Hull York Medical School, they genuinely do care about all pupils and just want everyone to succeed.

"At the end of the day, I felt that I had tried my best and having met so many lovely people, and enjoyed the interview process. I was grateful to have been given the chance of an offer and I tried to convince myself I wouldn’t mind if I didn’t get a place, as I knew how competitive it was. However, I also knew that Hull York Medical School was the medical school for me and really hoped I had done enough.

"I chose Hull York Medical School because I liked the variety of structure in the course and as I am a ‘repetition learner’, the curriculum appealed to me as topics are visited again the following year. I also felt that problem based learning would teach me how to work in a team and how to condense learning into practical scenarios and case studies. Clinical placements start as early as three weeks in, and for me, talking to patients and hearing some of their amazing stories should be a big part of your training as a doctor. It is a reminder that caring for patients is the end goal and that just because you are a medical student or a doctor, does not make you any better than them. We are all equals and should work together to get the best outcome.

"I am based in York and coming from London, I knew that it would be a big change. Having moved here however, I cannot think of being anywhere else. York is a beautiful city, with cobbled streets and a magnificent Minster. It is no wonder it was voted the UK’s best place to live. The medical school is perfectly positioned on the edge of campus, so you can take a short walk into campus or a short bus ride into town, the best of both worlds."

"My top tip for coming to interview? Just be yourself. The interview is not an interrogation, it is just Hull York Medical School getting to know you a little better. Ask the ambassadors as many questions as you can, as they are your key to understanding what goes on at Hull York Medical School. Finally, try and enjoy the experience. It is an achievement to get to the interview stage, many do not make it that far, so enjoy every minute of it. You are part of a select group, so don’t stress too much and I look forward to meeting you all in a few weeks."

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