The medical fieldбincorporates 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! For example they could very quickly just say вthen become a paramedic or a nurse. They help peopleв. When you think about it, an enormous number of occupations involve helping society in one way or another. What you need to do is convey a sense of purpose and confidence, that gives the impression you have a solid reason you feel that specifically medicine above all else is the correct choice for you as a person. What is it SPECIFICALLY about the art of medicine that attracts you, and why do you think youвd be good at it? For example, doctors routinely have to combine information from many sources (patient histories, blood samples, physical examinations etc) in order to solve problems and work out the diagnosis.
If you enjoy science as well as problem solving, that would be good to mention. Better still, if you could provide an example from your own studies that combines these two aspects, that will sound much more convincing. \”When you think about it, an enormous number of occupations involve helping society in one way or another\” In terms of addressing the idea of why other healthcare roles might be unsuitable for you, doctors are ultimately in control of the care that a patient receives, and wield the most administrative power in doing so. While nurses and auxiliary care staff deliver treatment, the doctors decide what form it should take. If you feel that you want more of a say in this first stage of care then youвd be good for medicine, but be sure to make the point that this places a very large responsibility on you and you alone, which you must bear should anything go wrong following your decision. Of course if youвre a graduate entrant to medicine (like myself) then you may well have worked in a clinical setting before. This might also of course be true if you did some volunteering in a hospital setting as a younger applicant. In this case try to reflect on the working environment – doctors can often be team leaders and you could talk about having led teams yourself.