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Title: INTERVIEW TIPS


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INTERVIEW TIPS
  • FOR Med/Vet/Dental School

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Preparation to make ready (Merriam Webster)
  • Give yourself time to become ready for your
    interviews. It will make all the difference!
  • Know yourself, gather your thoughts.
  • Practice speaking.
  • First Impressions you can only make them once.
  • The Interview experience.
  • Question hints
  • Types of Questions
  • Learn about the school you are visiting.
  • Anticipate logistics.
  • Consider your clothes.
  • Styles of Interviews
  • Be yourselfBe honest

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1. KNOW YOURSELF Gather your thoughts
  • SIT DOWN AND WRITE!
  • GATHER AS IF DOING A RESEARCH PROJECT.
  • There are many common questions that are
    askedyou can have already thought through many
    of them.
  • An interview can have surprises, but if you
    gather your thoughts about key questions you will
    be more flexible and at the ready for any
    questions.
  • When your stories and experiences are easily
    available in your mind, you will feel much more
    at ease.
  • Question examples include Why do you want to
    practice medicine? What are some of your
    strengths and weaknesses? Tell us about a time
    when you overcame a challenge? Tell us about
    yourself? . (More about questions posted at
    end of pwrpt)
  • A good resource 100 Medical School Interview
    Practice Questions _at_ http//www.colorado.edu/aac
    /PreMed_interviewquestions.pdf

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2. Practice Speaking (!)
  • This Cant Be Overstated. Your interview is a
    conversation. Whether you are shy or extroverted,
    you can become more at ease with expressing
    yourself skillfully.It is a huge leap from
    thinking your thoughts to SPEAKING them aloud.
    Practice so you can easefully translate your
    thoughts into verbal communication with
    others.Get together with friends or family and
    have them ask you questions. This gives you the
    chance to build your capacity to respond
    coherently and be more relaxed, more yourself.

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3. First Impressions (you can only make them
once!
  • DO
  • Arrive on time (aka, 15 minutes early)
  • Dress appropriately
  • Treat everyone you meet well-interview starts
    when you enter front door.
  • Have a firm handshake
  • Make good eye contact
  • Use good (nice long spine), and attentive
    posture.
  • Dont
  • Be late
  • Be sloppy
  • Look down or disconnect during greeting.
  • Bring food
  • Slouch
  • Put arms in defensive position
  • Play with your hair or face.
  • Smile, Connect!
  • BODY LANGUAGE SPEAKS

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4. The Interview Experience
  • If you are at an interview Congratulations! This
    is already a great step. Now you have a chance to
    be met in person, use it well.
  • Interviewers are often very experienced. They
    genuinely want to get to know you better and want
    to have a conversation with you. The interview is
    not meant to be scary though you might feel
    nervous (which is natural). It is meant to engage
    you.
  • If you need a moment to answer, take a moment.
    Hmmm, good question..
  • If you stumble, its okay to laugh at
    yourselfrecover, move on.
  • Talk WITH the interviewer, not AT the
    interviewer. If you dont understand something,
    ask for clarity. This is a conversation.
  • Answer the question asked. If its repeated, they
    want you to give more of an answer.
  • If you dont know or have, the answer to
    something, let them know, dont fake it. They can
    tell.
  • Confidence is different than arrogance. Be
    sincere.

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5. About Answering Questions some hints
  • Q why do you want to be a physician?
  • Remember what a physician does. Theyre not just
    looking for a great student or researcher, but
    also someone with the spirit/desire to help
    people.
  • Q Describe a weakness.
  • Turn this around. Think of a quality of yours
    that at its best is a strength but sometimes is
    a challenge. IE I love to take initiative and
    enjoy the challenge of helping start projects.
    However, sometimes I have to be very mindful
    because I can take on too much.
  • Q. What would you do if a parent refused a
    controversial, but life-saving treatment for
    their child?
  • Questions like these are chances for them to
    learn about your reasoning skills, empathy,
    understanding of first do no harm. There arent
    right answers. Be thoughtful and genuinely
    consider your answer.
  • Q How do you spend your free time?
  • They really want to know! What do you enjoy in
    life? Talk about an interest, a passion Nature?
    A sport? Time cooking with friends? Be genuine!
  • Q Tell me something about yourself?
  • Think of this as an icebreaker vs. an
    overwhelming blank slate. An opportunity to
    suggest a topic of conversation by mentioning
    something meaningful to you. Is there something
    youd love for them to know tha t didnt make it
    onto your application?
  • Q What will you do if you dont get into Medical
    School?
  • Do you really want to go? Tell them about your
    plans to become a better applicant next time
    around. Theyre looking for applicants who really
    WANT to practice medicine, not just think its a
    good idea.
  • Theyre not trying to trick you!
  • Each Q is an opportunity to let them know more
    about youhow you engage is as important as what
    you say!

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6. Styles of Questions that are often asked.
  • Practice Questions in all these areas and you
    will be FABULOUSLY preparedeven if you cant
    have predicted a question you actually get. You
    will have greater access to yourself and your
    ability to be flexible and creative!
  • Personal
  • Your Motivation and Commitment
  • Knowledge of Program
  • Education Experience
  • Goals and Plans
  • Current Events and Issues in Medicine
  • Behavioral/Choices

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7. Learn about the School!
  • Before any interview, read up on the school you
    are visiting! Look at any info on the schools
    own website. Read what you can from other
    sources. If you want to be taken seriously, you
    need to know something about who you are meeting!
  • Are there any programs you are curious about?
  • Are there any projects that youve noted with
    interest?
  • Are you aware of any unique attributes about the
    institution?
  • Anything YOUD Like to know??

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8. Anticipate Logistics
  • Okay so, Common Sense!
  • Know when your interview is and where you need to
    go
  • Figure out directions and time to venue ahead of
    time, plan your travel accordingly.
  • Make a plan that includes a decent sleep, time to
    get dressed, eat something and arrive 15 minutes
    early.
  • Would you like to take notes bring a neat
    folder/pad/pen to write with.

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9. CONSIDER YOUR CLOTHES!
  • Do make sure to dress appropriately! Its not a
    black tie affair, but even if THEY are casual,
    and many interviewers will be, You need to be
    spiffy.

12
STYLES OF INTERVIEWS
  • STRUCTURES
  • Individual, one on one interview
  • Panel several interviewers at once
  • Multiple Mini Interview MMI
  • OTHER INFO about interviews
  • Some are blind ie they havent seen any other
    part of your app.
  • Some are partial blind, usually have seen
    everything but your scores
  • Some are Open, so its up to the interviewer
    whether theyve read your app.
  • So you many get questions that sound like they
    know nothing about you, or quite a bit

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BE YOURSELF, BE HONEST
  • The more prepared you are the easier it is to be
    comfortable in this unique experience, and to be
    yourself.
  • Always be honest. After interviewing perhaps
    100s of candidates over the yearsinterviewers
    are excellent at discerning sincerity, honestly
    and a true desire to become a medical
    professional!
  • Good Luck!!!
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