Updated: Apr 16
The UCAS deadline for Medicine, Dentistry and Oxbridge applications officially passed on 15th October and the next step is the interview. In this blog post, I'll talk about the interview practice that I did and the fantastic resources you can use and practice sessions you can book.
During the first application cycle, I did not do enough interview practice. I did some mock sessions with teachers at school but did not pay for any practice / do any externally. Unfortunately, I ended up getting NO offers so I really do recommend taking interview practice as seriously as possible (without breaking your bank).
When I reapplied during my gap year, I didn't really have anyone to practice with. I did go back to my old Sixth Form to get some interview practice with the teachers there but nothing beats doing a mock interview with an actual medical student or medical professional. I decided to pay for The Medic Portal's 1-day Intensive MMI Interview course (which was a whopping £135 in 2017 - I see it's £120 this year for the online version). I was working at the time so it seemed like a decent investment but I sure wouldn't pay more than £50 on a course now (if you can afford it though, go ahead).
It was a whole morning of lectures and small group teaching about how to tackle the questions that you may be asked at an interview. Some of the strategies I took away from the event and actually used in my real interview can be found in my blog post here
We then spent the afternoon going through 20 MMI stations... yes, 20! 2 sets of 10 stations. It was SO intense but the feedback was fantastic. We received written feedback on each and every station. The majority of the interviews also took place with real-life doctors so the feedback was invaluable as they could tell you exactly what to avoid and what was particularly good.
However, I'm here to tell you that, retrospectively, I would not have spent that much on an interview course. Obviously, back then I was desperate. I didn't have the connections to any doctors or medical students - let alone any that could sit down and do hours of interview practice with me for free. Companies know this and unfortunately, do profit off of it. However, it is also worth keeping in mind that these organisations do have to pay for venues and some of the doctors they hire for the day so unless it's a voluntary event, interview practice sessions can incur some costs.
Therefore, you've got to search far and wide for the free options out there. A few resources and question banks can be found below:
https://www.wearemedics.com/interview/ - A self-service interview simulator for you to practice on.
BlackStoneTutors has fantastic university-specific question banks
BlackStoneTutors MMI questions/scenarios with answers - highly recommend, some of these are real scenarios that were asked!
The Medic Portal Free Interview Webinars - (December 2 - 16)
Organisations/individuals that run free interview practice and share lots of helpful tips for their university (check specific eligibility criteria and keep up to date with their social media accounts):
Med Mentor: Weekly live sessions with medical student mentors available to access through their website | Instagram | Twitter - keep up to date with their social media accounts to find out when these weekly sessions are happening. It's basically free tutoring and a chance to ask whatever you want!
I highly recommend regularly searching medical school interview practice on Eventbrite to take advantage of FREE (and often under-promoted) events. Search 'UK medical school interview practice', 'MMI practice' etc. to yield the best results.
Affordable sessions found on Eventbrite (as of 27/02/21)
Med Simple runs a fantastic, in-depth 1-month interview course and my good friend Uyiosa, the founder of Med Simple has kindly allowed me to share a code that will give you £10 off should you wish to sign up: Medsimple10
The Aspiring Medics have an online interview question bank that gives amazing pointers and feedbacks for possible answers
I will aim to update these lists every Sunday so keep checking back (if there are no changes, it means I haven't found anything new)! Also, keep up to date with my Instagram stories where I post any other opportunities.
You can now book 1-1 interview sessions with me via Zoom here