Preparing for Interviews and Mock Interview Program
There are different methods for interviewing and assessing medical school applicants, including: the traditional interview, and the MMI (multiple mini interview). Haverford College offers a mock interview alumni program to help you prepare.
An interview invitation generally means that you are considered to be academically qualified to be admitted. An interview will help a school determine your enthusiasm for the school, and if you have the competencies they consider important. Be prepared through examples to show an understanding of health care from different angles, including day-to-day, policy, ethics, and public health.
The Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI)
The MMI is are timed exchanges and scenarios. You will be provided a situation and have 1-2 minutes to consider your response.
- What it's Like to Participate in Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) | AAMC
- MMI Interview: The Ultimate Guide (150 Sample Questions Included)
- Prepare questions ahead of time.
- Dress professionally and conservatively.
- If appropriate for social distancing, provide a strong handshake.
- Maintain eye contact throughout the interview.
- Be professional and courteous.
- Turn off your cell phone.
- Bring a portfolio including copies of your resume, a notepad, and a pen.
- Write a timely thank you note for every person that interviews you.
Medical School Mock Interviews
The Alumni Medical School Mock Interview program is an essential part of the Haverford College application process. Applicants are matched with alumni physician volunteers to conduct a (usually) video mock interview. Our candidates appreciate this help, and based on feedback from past years, the program is rewarding for both applicant and alumni volunteers.
Mock interviews are easy to request. please fill out the form below once you have at least one medical school interview on the calendar.
Fill out the required Applicant Request Form: Mock Interview form to make the request. Once it is submitted, you will be sent an email with the match and instructions within 5-7 business days.
When alumni are not available based on schedule or time of year, medical school applicants can conduct a mock interview with a career advisor.
For Alumni Volunteers
If you would like to participate, please complete the Medical School Mock Interview Coach Program form by August to participate in that applicant cycle.
Once matched, applicants will be responsible for initiating contact and scheduling a Zoom meeting with their Alumni Interview Coach. Most matches will be made between August and November. We hope that matched student/alumni pairs will be able to complete a mock interview within 1-3 weeks of being matched.