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6 Ways to Look Good for Your Med School Interview. #2 Makes a Big Difference.

To fully prepare for your med school interview, you’ll need to do more than research the program and review talking points. You’ll need to look snazzy. It’s all part of making a good impression. Sure, a lot of these will seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised by how often they are overlooked. Here are some helpful tips to help you ace your interview:

  1. Hygiene – It’s important

Seriously, are you going into any interview without showering or brushing your teeth beforehand? Of course not, but there are some other, not so obvious, things to keep in mind. Make sure your nails are clean and neatly trimmed or manicured. Guys, easy on the aftershave. Ladies, don’t go too heavy on your makeup or perfume.

  1. Get a Haircut

A neat, professional hairstyle can really show that you’ve got it together. Having shaggy or otherwise unkempt hair could give your interviewer the impression that you’re not much on personal upkeep. If you’ve seen Hair, you’ll know that’s the whole point (or at least for this blurb). You’ll need to be disciplined as a physician and your interviewer may make that assumption based on this seemingly small detail.

  1. Dress Like You’re Already a Professional

You know the saying – dress for success. Before you’re even a med student, you need to act like a professional. The first thing to do is the easiest: just wear something nice. A dark suit, long sleeved shirt, tie, and dark matching socks for the guys will do the trick. Ladies, keep your shoes conservative and if you’re wearing a suit skirt or dress, make sure it’s long enough to allow you to sit comfortably. It doesn’t have to be too fancy. I mean, this isn’t a fancy dinner party with lobster and caviar and steak and other fancy things.

  1. Be Confident

You don’t need to know everything before going into an interview. You need to believe you know enough to be able to handle whatever may come up during the interview. That’s part of confidence. Ever hear the phrase “fake it ‘til you make it?” No one’s a medical student until they begin medical school. Don’t worry if you feel underprepared, you’ve done your research, you’ve put together a professional outfit, you got this. Confidence fits everyone.

  1. Be Patient

Be prepared to do a whole lot of waiting before and after your interview. This might be tough for some people, which is understandable. Just don’t send 1,201 messages asking about the interview. If you need to confirm, just send the one email and, if you’re still waiting, send another a few days before the interview date. Afterwards, send one follow-up message thanking the interviewer for the opportunity. In sum: don’t be a stage 5 clinger.

  1. Show Up on Time

90% of life is showing up – so why be late? Oh, and by “on time,” we mean early. Not an hour early, that’ll just make your interviewer think you can’t tell time. Arriving fifteen to twenty minutes early shows that the interview is a priority and gives you a buffer in case something unexpected delays you.  You may think you have this interview all wrapped up but showing up late may result in instant rejection.

Have you been on a med school interview? What would you have done differently? Tell us about it in the comments!

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