I started off thinking I wanted to go into Medicine because of my interest in Science and my fascination with the way in which the human body functions. Now I think it runs deeper than that, when I was younger my Grandfather suffered from a heart attack, sadly he didn\’t survive. I think that this is ingrained in a part of me, I remember feeling so helpless, the ambulance took over an hour to get to us. My mum, dad and me (I was 10) went straight over, what I remember most specifically is that I was in the living room, on the phone to the 999 operator relaying instructions to my mum, who was in another room with my Granddad, who I think was unconscious at the time. I blamed myself for a long time, thinking that he might have lived if I had given the instructions more clearly. This experience has made me want to be involved in a caring profession. I see it as an opportunity to help prevent families going through a similar situation.
There are many other reasons that interest me, lifelong learning, the opportunity to teach and pass my skills onto others, but mostly, more than any other profession a true sense of being able to make a difference to the community.
The medical fieldб incorporates the most stringent selection procedures. Why? Because the risks are exceptionally high; in many cases it is a matter of life and death. Be aware that the interviewer leavesб no stone unturned б before selecting the right candidate. The question why you want to be a doctor is frequently asked whether you are preparing for an interview for medical school or for a medical doctor. After reading this article, continue reading the following articles, both of which are located in theб БWhy do you want to become a doctor? Б is a typical question. The primary reason that an interviewer asks this question is to gauge an applicantБs motivational level. Needless to say, no employer will risk selecting an individual who lacks the motivation required.
Thus, it is essential for you to improve the way you communicate your motivational levels to an interviewer. If you are able to put forward the right message across in the right way, the job can be yours. Having discussed the requirement of stringent selection procedures, let us grasp what happens in the mind of an interviewer while he/she checks the applicantБs motivational levels. An interviewer is able to check the motivational level of an applicant using a three-tier approach: Let us understand these three points with the help of an example. Question: б БWhy did you choose a medical doctor career? Why do you want to be a doctor? Б Бб Applicant 1: б БEver since I was a child, I wanted to be a medical doctor. I like helping and making people feel better. I feel that my personal mission is to help humanity defeat diseases and overcome suffering.
Б Бб Applicant 2: б БI have always waned to work in this noble profession because I have the right concern and skill sets to address human health problems with utmost gravity; б I possess a unique combination of high emotional quotient and a sound scientific approach. Becoming a doctor has always been a dream of mine and I worked hard to make it happen. Б Both answers communicate the motivational level quite well. By looking at the two answers you can tell which answer is better; obviously the latter. Thus, the second applicant has a higher chance of getting selected. But what is it that makes the second applicantб stand out? Statement of Purpose: The second applicant validates a strong statement of purpose. БHigh emotional quotientБ and Бscientific approachБ are the two most important attributes of a good doctor. By mentioning these two attributes, the applicant gains the interest of the interviewer.
Hopefully, the interviewer understands that the applicant is clear about the prerequisites of the job and has the abilities to be a successful doctor. The first applicant tells about his/her general career aspiration, which is fine, but forgets to outline why s/he thinks s/he can be a good doctor. The second applicant seems to be more mature in communicating the intensity of his motivation. The applicant is not ambiguous; rather, he is forthright in mentioning that he possesses the appropriate skill sets for the job. Body Language: The second applicant appears to be more enthusiastic in answering the question. He elaborates more about the skills he has and how he fits in the professional field. Now that you have understood how to answer the question, you need to elaborate on what we have mentioned. If you can enumerate a few instances where you have utilized the skills, then the job is almost definitely yours!