Well, don't use the "I work too hard" excuse for the biggest weakness question.Topics...topics...topics...
Don't say you want to do medicine to help people. It's boring, overused and evidently not true. Many premeds shadowing me had this answer and after I call BS and told them to give me a real answer it's usually not to help people.
that's a slippery slope because most other answers are completely self-serving and while that's an obvious reality to medicine, it's not a particularly comfortable thing to discuss with someone who can determine your future lol.
Most useful advice: Don't be yourself
This depends on what "yourself" is truly like, doesn't it? If you're a normal, hardworking, thoughtful person who would be a good doctor, then be yourself. If you are a collection of red flags, then don't be yourself. Or better yet, just don't apply to medical school and find a field that would better suit your personality.
... because everyone is "normal"
Be myself - I am an approval-seeking love addict, workaholic perfectionist, entitled person with a God complex.
I also realize that while those are the character defects that I possess, I do not have to let them define who I am.
While I have those defects, I do not want to be that version of myself. They are NOT my personality.
Yet when the those tendencies show up, I have to acknowledge and accept them, control what I can control, and move on.
To me, be myself doesn't mean letting go, doesn't mean being "normal", but it is learning to be self-aware and maybe better myself in the process.
Yeah, everybody has flaws, but I don't think "being yourself" over the course of a 30 minute conversation in a professional context means letting all of those flaws hang out. It just means, you know, act like you normally do in polite company. A "normal" person should be able to pull that off very easily without accidentally revealing they have a God complex.