Frequently Asked Questions
Medical Interview Training
To find out the specific entry requirements for the course you are interested in, please contact the university directly.
For a general overview of which universities require an interview, please see the resources on our university admissions page.
Note that all of MedEntry’s packages include a comprehensive University Admissions Guide.
Yes! Interviews are a crucial aspect of the selection process for entry into health science courses. In some universities, interviews are weighted at more than 50% of the total selection criteria. Most people focus on their GPA, study for the UCAT but do not prepare for the interview. Hence we find students who have perfect GPA/Y13 score and perfect UCAT (99%), are not being offered a place medicine. Such people go to the interview thinking its just a 'chat'. Chat may be, but its the most important chat that will change the course of your life!
There are many reasons some people do not train for interviews. These include:
- being sucked in by the uni propaganda that you can't prepare (which is hypocritical since they train their graduates for job interviews)
- fear being put on the spot in the training sessions (better that you get used to it!)
- not knowing what they don't know
- when it comes to personality tests, we all think we are awesome
- thinking interview is just a chat
- varying levels of motivation
However, knowledge of the types of questions asked, coaching on interview technique and enhanced communication skills can dramatically improve your performance. You should not go into an interview unprepared or not having an understanding of what you will be asked. If you do, you will be at a competitive disadvantage compared to those who are prepared for the interview.
For Auckland University, the interview counts for 25% of your final ranking score.
For most Australian universities, your interview score will count for as much as your GPA/Y13 score (33%). For some, its 40% and for some universities its much more important than your GPA (interview score will contribute 80%) of your final ranking score. For two universties, interview score counts for 100%, once GPA/UCAT thresholds are reached.
For Monash university, if you take a gap year, your interview score from previous year will be used: which means you get only one shot at interview! So doing well and obtaining the highest possible score in interview is of critical importance.
Even if you think you will get in without the training, there are several benefits of attending the MedEntry Interview training workshop. These include:
- The psychological and other principles learnt at the MedEntry Interview Training workshop will also be useful hroughout your life for other interviews (job interviews, Internship/Registrar interviews etc).
- Knowledge of the types of questions asked, the interview technique and enhanced communication skills can further your performance dramatically. You should not go into an interview unprepared or not having an understanding of what the interviewers are looking for, in your answers.
- Its the only opportunity you will ever get to benchmark your interview performance against your peers
- Its an opportunity to get feedback from experienced trainers, so you can improve further on your future interviews
- Your interview score and hence yor entry ranking will improve further (so you may be posted at city rather than rural campus, even be offered a scholarship if the ranking is high enough)
- You will never get honest feedback on your actual interview performance (for several reasons, including unis fearing being sued), so interview training is the only place to obtain honest and critical feedback
The MedEntry Team has extensive interview expertise and knowledge of the types of questions likely to arise at each university, which we use to provide you with focussed training.
Students attending a UCAT workshop will have an afternoon of interview preparation to get them started. Remember, interviews cannot be 'crammed' for; you need to start thinking about them and developing skills early.
- An MMI bank and Interview Guide
- Option to add one on one interview tutoring
- Option to add Personal Mock Interview
The Personal Mock Interview is a two-hour session, (this may be split into 2 x one-hour sessions). The Personal Mock Interview is a one-to-one training session, with the date and times arranged between you and the trainer. The trainer will ask typical medical/dental interview questions giving you the chance to practice your responses in a mock interview. You will receive personal feedback to help you perfect your interview performance. You will also have access to online resources.
Unfortunately you will need to purchase the MMI bank + Interview Guide first in order to purchase interview tutoring.
95% of students who have undergone our full training program have been successful in obtaining a place in one or more medical schools. Psychometric and personality tests (such as the UCAT and interviews) rely on the fact that the candidates do not prepare, so testers/interviewers actively discourage candidates from preparing. They do this by propagating various myths such as: preparation does not help; it will be a waste of resources; preparation may hinder your performance; interviewers are trained to pick up those who are coached, etc. Accredited testers/interviewers know that such organisations go to great lengths to place fear in candidates to ensure they do not prepare, precisely because preparation works!
If it is really true that you can't prepare for interviews, universities should have no objection to interview preparation (rather than actively discouraging students from preparing). Even if there is evidence that answers come across as rehearsed, interviewers have to give you the benefit of the doubt (they will assume you are smart/motivated to prepare and think about the relevant issues).
There are advantages to purchasing your Medical Interview Training even if you have not yet received an offer. Like UCAT, interview skills need to be developed over a period of time. As soon as you purchase, you will receive access to interview guides and resources which will help you begin your preparation. Purchasing now will also allow you to secure your preferred dates for training (you can always change these at a later stage).
In addition, MedEntry's interview training is very popular and places are limited. Sessions do book out so purchasing early will help you secure your place.
In the event that you do not obtain an interview offer, a partial refund can be arranged.