Thursday, 29 December 2011


Soo, in my last post I wrote that I thought my separate interview stations went quite well. After going over what I said, and doing lots of thinking, I have come to the conclusion that it didn't go well at all. Every time I think about some of the stupid stuff I said, I don't know whether to cry or laugh.

 And whenever someone asks me how it went, I just say it was good. Lately it's been feeling like people are out to see me fail. They tell me how difficult medicine is, how I'm not really cut out for such a career and how I might not even get 3 As at A-Level. Oh, and it has become quite common for people to greet me with the words, 'still not heard anything back?', with a pitying look. I try to ignore it and stay optimistic but it's getting difficult.

Some examples of my stupidity during the interview:

1-  I was talking about the difficulties of being a doctor and my mind went blank. The first thing I blurted out was 'it's not like Scrubs!' Ughh. Interviewer's response: *..ha.. (Only laughing because he so obviously pities me). Then I come out with, 'errr, they have to work long hours...' I had so many points in my head but nothing was coming out!

2- I was saying stuff about my hobbies and said playing badminton and debating helps me to relieve stress. Interviewer: 'what?! debating relieves stress? I'd think it would increase stress!' Me: 'um, it allows me to blow off steam?'  -___-

These are just the ones off the top of my head, there's quite a few more... Oh well, just trying not to think about it to much, and also hoping for some kind of miracle that doesn't involve me getting rejected!

Sorry for the depressing post, guys. Hope everyone had a good Christmas and that the new year brings good news for those waiting for a reply from universities! ^_^


  1. Let's see:
    I tripped whilst standing up from the seat after my interview
    I couldn't remember for the life of me who Watson and Crick were
    During my interview the interviewer actually said you don't deserve a place
    In answering can you think of anything else that's quite important regarding this ethical scenario? I went no.
    I wished them good morning at 5pm.

    All in all I got offers so trust me there's been worse said. And I've seen many much worse things in people I've given practice interviews!

  2. When I was applying for medicine (in Ireland), I'd always come out of an exam I felt went well overall and be delighted. Then, slowly but surely, the mistakes I made would creep into my conscious and they'd be all I think about. The exam would be defined by the mistakes I made, and not my overall performance, creating a lot of needless stress!

    I've learned that your initial instincts when you come out are often the most likely to be correct. Everyone will make mistakes - none of your mistakes sound like they were catastrophic!

    You should be satisfied once you've done your best. I'll be rooting for you!

  3. Hey, cheers for following my blog :), I've been following yours for about 2 week from tsr. And too be honest I think the MMI format of interviewing is rubbish, the individual interviews are too short and you are therefore under pressure to give a good answer to a question really quickly, not giving enough time to think. I believe my peninsula interview went better because I had more time to think about my answer, anyway lets hope we both get offers and good luck :)

  4. Realise this is an old blog but when I had a medical interview at Aberdeen Uni, they asked me what behaviour/actions would cause a patient to think that their doctor was a bad GP. I replied the usual things, such as no eye contact, mumbling etc, then said "you know, someone who's rushin' ?" though I have a strog Glaswegian accent and began to panick, thinking that they had thought I'd said "Russian" so I blurted out "OH I MEANT SOMEONE IN A HURRY, I'M NOT BEING RACIST!"

    Also wished a good morning at 12:45, the interviewer replied "I believe you mean good afternoon?"

    In the first interview, the fire drill was taking place for the whole duration of the interview...