Often applicants are nervous about the interviews. It is okay to be nervous and even to admit that you are nervous, but be careful that your anxiety does not get the best of you. The interview is your chance to really “sell” yourself. Answering your interview questions with one-word answers will not allow your interviewer to get to know you very well. You must elaborate on your answers. The admissions committee wants to know as much as they can about you, and this may be your and their only opportunity for that.
It is important for you to demonstrate clearly your ability to articulate your thoughts and to communicate effectively. Effective communication skills are crucial when working with patients, their families, and as part of a team with other health professionals.
This post is excerpted from 101 Tips on Getting Into Medical School by Jennifer C. Welch, who has served as the Director of Admissions at SUNY Upstate Medical School since 2001.