Interview tips from current students

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

“Once I applied via UCAS for the 2018 entry, I was anxiously waiting for two months, to hear back from Hull York Medical School to see whether I was lucky enough to obtain an interview. Yet after the waiting, I remember it was on a cold December evening, when at approximately 5pm I received an email both from UCAS and Hull York Medical School saying I was had an interview mid-December 2017.

“As soon as I read that email, I honestly felt extremely relieved, happy, but at the same time anxious. I was rejected to all the other three Universities I applied to prior to the interview stage, I was relieved and happy that Hull York Medical School actually considered me capable enough to be a part of their medical community. The anxiety arose about due to the fact that I had never sat a medicine interview before.

“In order to fully prepare myself to ace the interview and show Hull York Medical School that I have the qualities that are required for both a medical student and for a future doctor, I started to prepare for the interview daily. By preparing myself, which consisted of watching practice medical interviews on YouTube, and practising being interviewed by relatives, I was slowly developing the interview skills required for a medicine interview.

“Despite all of this, the most important aspect which helped me prepare for the interview day was the information given to me by Hull York Medical School. They provided all the candidates with a detailed plan on what to expect on the interview day. Specifically, they described what each interview station consisted off, what to expect and how to prepare.

"By providing me with all this information, allowed me to understand, appreciate, and develop a better understanding of what to expect. Truthfully, it was the information that Hull York Medical School provided me that gave me the boost of confidence needed to ace each of the four interview stations.

“So the day of my interview came and I remember waking up extremely early and making my way up to York, ready for the big day! On the train journey up and in the interview building seeing all the other potential candidates made me feel so nervous! Sitting and speaking to other candidates makes you realise that you are all on the same boat and everyone is as much or even more nervous as you are. However, I was slightly excited, because I was prepared to show Hull York Medical School what I had prepared beforehand during my interview.

“The interview consisted of four stations, where the first station was a problem based learning station. This entailed having a group of candidates discussing an imaginative medical case about a patient. This station required us to work collaboratively as a group to discuss the different aspects of the case and what information do we know/need to know to find out more about that person.

“The second and third station I had to undertake, required me to answer two questions for approximately five minutes. Interestingly, which I thoroughly appreciated was that before being called into the room where you were faced with the interviewer, Hull York Medical School made you sit outside and gave you the first question that was going to be asked. This was extremely useful to me, because I could gather within two minutes a logical answer which I could present to the interviewer. Therefore, it made me feel less anxious and more comfortable discussing my answer with the interviewer.

“The final station, which looking back was my favourite part of the interview was a role play scenario. This station entailed me communicating with an actor in a scenario, in which the interviewers were examining how I respond to the actor’s problems. This was my favourite part of the interview day, because I was able to be just be myself and have a conversation with someone in a way in which I would normally do. Also, what I particularly enjoyed about this station was that I was in a sense in charge of the direction of the discussion was going, giving me a bit more confidence to sympathise with the patient.

“After completing the four stations, we all gathered around and discussed the day with one of the Hull York Medical School staff about how we felt during the interview and whether we had any questions. I was extremely grateful that the School concluded the interview day with an informal discussion, because it made me feel more relaxed and at ease with what had just happened. Thus on my way back home, I was more relieved that it was over and done with, but also glad that Hull York Medical School reassured us that whatever happened, it would be ok.

"Reflecting back at my interview, Hull York Medical School provided more than other universities with regards to guidance and support during, after and before my interview. This allowed me to appreciate that this medical school, takes a lot of pride and care into potential students and values everyone’s opinions, expectations and concerns. Nonetheless, it also made me want to come to Hull York Medical School more, because they made me believe which till this day holds true, that they are here to support you.

"Looking at my time now as a first year medical student based at York University, I have thoroughly enjoyed living in such an incredible city. York being voted best city to live in (which I 100% agree on) has so much history, culture and fun activities to do! Additionally, starting as a medical student, Hull York Medical School has not only aided me in my learning but has provided me with endless support that I required to help me settle down at University and find my feet. 

"To sum up, my top golden tips for someone coming to an interview would be are:

  • Research how HYMS teaches and their course structure is
  • Read a lot about recent medical news and on the NHS
  • Understand and appreciate the good medical practice
  • Be confident in your thoughts and don’t let the nerves get the better of you
  • Good night sleep and a slice of chocolate cake before the interview will help massively!” 

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