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MBBS Entrance: Interview Tips for students

  • November 12, 2016
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MBBS Entrance: Interview Tips for students

Things to be done and not to be done before , during and after interview

On the day of interview

Pre Interview:


  • Be Prepared
  • Know the company/organization
  • Make a list of strengths, achievements and recognitions received.
  • Know who your audience will be
  • Conduct research on the school, graduate program, and faculty before the interview
  • Find a list of common interview questions.


  • Practice is a must
  • All the foreigners undergo ‘mock interview’ beforehand.
  • Practice answering questions with friends, family, and graduate school advisors.
  • Rehearse Answers.
  • Expect the unexpected questions.
  • Be ready to answer personal and thought- provoking questions.
  • Have enough rest the night before.


  • Don’t forget to do research on the school, program and faculty
  • Don’t forget to prepare and research answers
  • Don’t reschedule the interview unless if it is extremely necessary.

The Day of the Interview:


  • Be punctual : Arrive ten minutes early to allow yourself time to collect your thoughts. Take the opportunity to observe the work environment. Keep your eyes and ears open.
  • Look neat, clean, and well groomed : Select proper clothing for the type of organization interviewing you. If in doubt, be conservative. It is also advisable to keep fashion accessories to a minimum, to avoid wearing strong scents because many people have environmental allergies, and to turn off your cell phone.
  • Bring copies of your resume (or CV), paper, and/ or presentations.
  • Relax
  • Be yourself.
  • Be honest
  • Be confident.
  • Be friendly.
  • Be polite. Shake hands with the interviewer or anyone else you meet during your visit.
  • Address the interviewer by their title and name (e.g. Dr. Smith).
  • Make eye contact.
  • Be respectful and courteous.
  • Be alert and attentive.
  • Remember to have an appropriate body posture. Body language can express a lot of different moods so make sure you look interested.
  • Express your ideas and thoughts in a clear, intelligent, and straight forward manner.
  • Demonstrate your interest in the school and program in a passionate and enthusiastic manner. Let the interviewer know that you are really interested in attending their school without stating it directly.
  • Discuss your achievements.
  • Discuss your goals (career and graduate school goals)
  • Discuss flaws that exist on your academic record (without making excuses)
  • Be consistent in your answers. (Additionally, make sure your answers on the application are consistent with your interview answers.)
  • Ask intelligent questions. Knowledgeable and specific questions that show you have done your homework are a plus (e.g. questions about the school, program, or faculty)
  • Ask for clarification if you don’t understand the questions.
  • Sell yourself.


  • Be late
  • Come unprepared.
  • Be nervous or worry. Remember to relax
  • Forget the interview’s name.
  • Talk too much or too little.
  • Interrupt the interviewer.
  • Forget to smile.
  • Lie or exaggerate about your accomplishments.
  • Discuss negative information.
  • Make excuses for weaknesses.
  • Criticize yourself or other individuals.
  • Try to be funny.
  • Speak in slang.
  • Curse.
  • Take things personally.
  • Become emotional.
  • Act immature.
  • Talk about controversial or ethical issues (unless asked to).
  • Answer yes or no only or make your answers too general. Make sure you give descriptive and elaborate answers.
  • Let your answers reflect what you think the interviewer wants to hear.
  • Forget to thank the interviewer before you leave.



  • Relax
  • Remember to send a thank you note/ letter or email after the interview
  • Stay Optimistic
  • Use each interview experience to prepare for future interviews.


Forget to send a thank you note or letter to everyone you met.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) :

  • Why do you want to be a doctor?
  • What will you do if you aren’t accepted to medical school?
  • What makes you special?
  • What are your 2 best points (strengths)?
  • What are your 2 weakest points?
  • What do you think will be your greatest challenge in completing medical school or learning how to be a doctor?
  • In your view, what is the most pressing problem facing medicine today?
  • If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
  • Have you been accepted anywhere?
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What do you do in your spare time?
  • Why would you be a good doctor?
  • What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good doctor?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • Are you a leader or a follower? Why?
  • Discuss your volunteer work.
  • What do you think you will like most about medicine?
  • What do you think you will like least about medicine?
  • Expect questions concerning what you think about ethics and healthcare (e.g., abortion, cloning, euthanasia).
  • Would you perform abortions as a doctor? Under what conditions?
  • What are 3 things you want to change about yourself?
  • How would you describe the relationship between science and medicine?
  • Which family member has influenced your life so far and why?
  • What are 3 things you want to change in health system of Nepal?
  • Explain in 3 sentences “A doctor should be a leader as well”

Source: OrbitMBBS

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  • It was helpful, Thnx a lot,..,.,.,,.!!!

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