I'm not really keen on adding my stats, but would like to share some advice for people who may have struggled with the interview
Last year, I got regrets post interview with ~58 TFR, below average interview. A friend of mine with similar MCAT, TFR score and also a below average interview got Waitlisted, so I suspect that my interview was on the low end of below average. I was crushed because I left the interview feeling super confident, thought I had prepared as well as I possibly could have and got tons of good feedback from those who I had practiced with. Like all of you, I had been told what interviewers are looking for in prospective students - ethics, empathy, etc. I had no idea where I could have improved. After thinking for a while, I felt that the reason I may have done poorly was that I was too focused on having the right answer for everything. I had spent hours researching and discussing my thoughts on everything that I thought could possibly come up in the interview. I felt like I already had the best answer for everything and may have forgotten or been unable to discuss and show my understanding, and I think this is where I went wrong
I rewrote the MCAT in the summer (scored better and raised my CARS score 3 points so I could apply to other schools), but other than that, my application barely changed
This cycle, the focus was on my presentation skills. I practiced with a colleague who had lots of experience with interviews, who wasn't afraid to tell me when my language and arguments were disorganized, unclear, or missing connecting points. I realized my speaking skills weren't as strong as I had thought, I had to practice making my sentences strong, logical and to the point - something I had never critiqued myself on in the past. I also joined a toastmasters club (which I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to improve for next year) where I could make mistakes, get real feedback, and fall on my face without the worry of anyone's opinions. When I practiced MMI questions, I wasn't focused on my answer, but instead how I organized my thoughts in a way that I could present them in a clear way that made sense to me (trial and error). Although I did keep up with current events, I entered this year's interview feeling less prepared than last year, but felt like this let me be more genuine and thoughtful in the moment, and helped me to connect with the interviewers better. I left the interview content and more like I had just finished having conversations with strangers rather than feeling that I had proven myself like I felt last year. Although I don't know my interview score, by getting in I can safely say that it was much better than last year
For those of you who have been through the process and can't seem to figure out how to get past the interview stage, I would recommend approaching your interview prep in a different way. We all have different strengths and weaknesses, and I was completely oblivious to my own until I explored a bit and prepared in a "less conventional" way. If anyone wants to know anything else- feel free to DM me!