Preparing For The UMAT Interview

Once the UMAT written exams are over, you have a new worry to deal with: UMAT Interviews.

Preparing for the interviews can be as rigorous as the actual examination, given that the universities will give as much importance to how you fare face-to-face as your UMAT scores. It is utterly essential to ensure that you are absolutely well prepared for your UMAT interview; in many cases, this is going to be the deciding vote in your favour.

In fact, remember that some of you might have to sit for interviews in more than one university, depending upon how many give you the call.

However, it is advisable to wait for a while before you start panicking and preparing for the interview. Do not plunge headfirst into it as soon as your UMAT is over; give yourself some time to relax. For one, not much will be absorbed by your already exhausted brain after the extensive amount of pressure it has endured before and during the test. More than anything, what you really need after the test is a short period of stress-free life.

Once you feel fresh, you can get down to preparing for the interview.

Not much studying goes into this, given that the interviewers are not likely to ask you too many theoretical questions. Basically, the interview is conducted by the universities to test what the written UMAT can’t: the capability of the candidate to absorb all that will be imparted to him/her over the years. Moreover, the universities will also test you for the level of dedication you display, and also your understanding of the human psychology in various situations.

Be prepared with some questions like:

  1. Tell us something about yourself?
  2. What are your hobbies and interests?
  3. Why did you choose to study medicine?
  4. Is there anything you want to change about yourself?
  5. Tell us about an incident where you demonstrated leadership role?

But, remember that the different universities will conduct interviews in their own fashion. So there is no stereotype preparation code. Overall, remember that the universities will judge your potential to be a good doctor.