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The Skinny on the CASPer: the Unfriendly Medical School Testing Ghost

The Skinny on the CASPer: the Unfriendly Medical School Testing Ghost

By: Ryan Kelly

You’ve just survived the MCAT, submitted your personal statement, and dutifully written your secondary essays, and now you realize you’ve got to take one more stupid, f’ing test.

We know that you’re cool under pressure and never feel stressed ;) but something unfamiliar like the CASPer can make anyone nervous. We’re here to help make sure you’re prepared.

10 Expert Tips for Dealing with Interview Anxiety

10 Expert Tips for Dealing with Interview Anxiety

By: Ryan Kelly

Death, taxes, and pre-interview anxiety. There are few certainties in life, but you can count on feeling butterflies in your stomach before and during your medical school interview. I suppose valium or other hard drugs might rid you of your anxiety, but then again, you have to respond coherently to the interviewer’s questions.

Even if you’re one of the rare pre-meds who isn’t fazed by interview anxiety (well la dee da!), you can go from a good interview to a great interview by using our tips below.  

5 Rhetorical Tricks for Answering “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?” in Medical School Interviews

5 Rhetorical Tricks for Answering “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?” in Medical School Interviews

By: Ryan Kelly

Your Achilles heel. Your hamartia. Your kryptonite. The fatal flaw, the chink in the armor, the tragic foible, the blemish on your otherwise impeccable character.

There are a lot of synonyms for your “weakness,” but not many good ways to discuss the topic during medical school interviews.

Even though “What’s your greatest weakness?” has become a cliche over time, it’s still frequently asked, and for good reason. In the case of medical schools, they want to gauge whether candidates have self-awareness and can openly discuss their potential areas of improvement.

Highly Recommended: How to Strike Your “Power Pose” During an Interview

Highly Recommended: How to Strike Your “Power Pose” During an Interview

By: Ryan Kelly

During interview preparation, pre-meds scramble to research every possible question or scenario they might encounter. They practice and rehearse their answers over and over again, in hopes of eliminating verbal tics and finding that perfect pace and delivery.

But crafting and delivering your verbal response is only half the battle.

Highly Recommended: How to Answer Interview Questions About Obamacare

Highly Recommended: How to Answer Interview Questions About Obamacare

By: Ryan Kelly

“So, Your Name Here, go ahead and tell us your thoughts on the Affordable Care Act. How can we improve the healthcare system in the United States?”

Oh no, it’s your interview nightmare. They’ve asked that tough, topical policy question that seems impossible to answer, let alone solve in real life. How can you tackle this complex issue in two minutes of an interview?

5 Creative Ways to Improve Your Interview Skills

5 Creative Ways to Improve Your Interview Skills

By: Ryan Kelly & Rob Humbracht

Most pre-meds start preparing for their interview a few weeks before their actual interview at a medical school. If you’re adept at talking to strangers and feel comfortable thinking on your feet, this approach will work just fine for you.
In our experience, though, most pre-meds aren’t. Many pre-meds lack the basic skills to succeed in the interpersonal interview (to say nothing of the MMI). Others COULD be good interviewers but get undermined by a lack of confidence or a surfeit of anxiety.

5 Characteristics of the Most Successful Pre-Meds

5 Characteristics of the Most Successful Pre-Meds

By: Rob Humbracht

Last week we explained the The 5 Necessary Factors for Getting into Medical School, but what about the cherries on top? The X-factors? What are the ways you can elevate your application from average to extraordinary?