Panel interviews: view from a medical student interviewer
A medical student who has been part of an interview panel gives some insights
I’ve sat on both sides of the interview table at Imperial College London medical school as an interviewee and as part of the interview panel. Here’s my advice for keeping calm and putting forward the best version of yourself at a panel interview.
The BMA advises doctors to “dress in a manner which is likely to inspire public confidence.”1 You should bear this in mind when deciding what to wear for your interview. Stop and think about the typical patient population you might be treating if you become a doctor: would they be happy to be treated by someone dressed like you?
For male applicants, you can’t go wrong with a shirt, tie, and formal trousers. Make sure your shoes are polished and your shirt is ironed and tucked in. For female applicants, a smart dress, skirt, or trousers are appropriate; leave the high heels at home.
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