It’s that time of year. Yes, it is also the holiday season, but I am referring to interview season. While this might not be as enjoyable as the “most wonderful time of the year”, it does not have to be as stressful and intimidating as you might think. With thoughtful preparation, interviewing can be a fun opportunity to share your passion for medicine with others. Having done my first interview this past weekend, here are a few tips that I would suggest for you to consider when planning for your upcoming interview.
First Impressions Count- While the expression of making a good first impression might be overused, it still rings true. On interview day, be sure to look your best. Taking the time to put together your appearance shows that you not only take pride in yourself but that you are taking the interview seriously.
Think about why you want to be a doctor- The main reason for the interview is to show others why you want to be a doctor. With the road to becoming a doctor being a difficult one, it is important to have the right motivation and are able to communicate this to the interviewers. Before the interview, think about why you are on this career path, what experiences brought you to this decision, and what have you done to prove your commitment.
Interviewers are not out to get you- At many schools, the interviewers are not the ones making the decision of whether to accept you or not. They volunteer their time because it is something they enjoy. They are not wanting you to fail but only are trying to get you to think and be positive about why you want to be a doctor and attend their school.
Research the school- Researching the school not only allows you to learn more about the institution that you might attend but also provides platforms for questions that you can ask during the interview. Showing through your questions that you have researched and are wanting to learn more about the school shows that you are interested and serious about possibly attending there.
Do a Mock Interview- Many colleges have resources for mock interviews. Take advantage of this! Mock interviews help prepare you to be able to communicate your thoughts with others. Practicing at least once will help you know what to expect and calm nerves on interview day.
Be yourself- Above all, relax and have fun. Not only will you enjoy the experience more but you will probably interview better by not letting nerves get in the way. I am not saying that you will not be nervous. However, by being prepared and relaxed, the day will be that much more enjoyable.
Do you have any interview tips? Share them by leaving a comment below. Also, if you have any questions or suggestions, I would love to hear from you.
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