Personality Correlated of Success in Interviewing at the USUHS School of Medicine,
UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD
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Interviewing is a widely used and heavily weighted selection tool for many occupational and educational programs. This is certainly the case for entrance to medical schools in the United States, with the vast majority requiring, or at least strongly encouraging, personal interviews as a prerequisite for entrance. Because medical schools choose from a large pool of highly qualified applicants this past year, over 40,000 individuals applied for less than 15,000 spaces in U.S. medical schools the interview often becomes a critical factor in the admissions decision. To summarize, at this point we can say the following about success in the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences USUHS admissions interviews The interrater reliability of the interviews is not high, so interview performance may not be a well-unified concept There does seem to be a tendency for low Machs and Internals to be rated more favorably than high Machs and Externals Interviewees seem to have some awareness of how well they have done and There does not seem to be any positive relationship between such traditional measures of academic ability as grades and Verbal MCAT scores and interview ratings. While this is far from being an exhaustive profile of the character of the successful interviewee, it does leave us with reason to be optimistic that we can improve our knowledge of what sort of person gets into medical school as a result of the personal interview.