Once a BS/MD applicant is accepted to the undergraduate and the preselection phase (in some cases through being invited to the medical school essay – (RPI/Albany Med) they have now entered what we call the finals of BS/MD admissions – the interview process. Interviews are now virtual and it’s a totally a new game. Interviews are designed to assess communication skills, specifically verbal and non-verbal skills that cannot be measured by standardized exams, resumes, transcripts or letter of recommendations.
Being invited to an interview means that you are a great applicant (on paper), but you now have to convince the admissions committee that they should choose you! Competencies like oral communication, social nd non-verbal skills, body language and teamwork cannot be measured by standardized tests, transcripts and 2-page resumes.
“Students unconsciously telegraph their expressions and feelings in an interview. Within non-verbal communication, our body movements show our true thoughts and feelings. Admissions officers/interviewers can read you more skillfully than you believe you can read them. One incorrect word, one incorrect phrase, one misinterpreted expression, and it’s over – you are rejected.” – Dr. Lowe
Since each student is unique there is no boilerplate way to prepare for the interview. You can review questions on the web, read books and even talk with friends, but unfortunately in this final round these all will be unhelpful. From our knowledge network, we know what schools are primarily seeking in future doctors. Why do we say future doctors? Because that’s what this interview is all about.
I have discovered that even top students do not realize that etiquette, manners and body language matter in the finals. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it, the etiquette and manners involved, and your personal delivery. Sometimes what you say and how you say it may be misinterpreted. We help our clients with the proper etiquette, manners and body language to surmount the final rung of the BS/MD process. Dr. Lowe and his team provide BS/MD Admissions Interview Preparation Sessions to help you stand out and become a finalist!
Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network. He and his team of admissions advisors, through the admissions affiliate, BS/MD Admissions Advisors, help high school students get accepted to BS/MD programs. Many of Dr. Lowe’s BS/MD Admissions clients are international students who want to attend medical school from high school and then enter U.S. medical residency sub-specialties.
Our BS/MD Admissions practice is specialized: Dr. Lowe and his team only work with parents who understand that the BS/MD admissions process is competitive, who desire help from an admissions expert and who see the value and investment in paying for expert advice through a detailed and ongoing comprehensive admissions advisory service for their child’s dream of becoming a doctor. He also specializes in helping international students in the BS/MD process. Parents who chose to use our services want to call their son or daughter – “Doctor” when they are seniors in high school.