Interviews can play a big role in our careers.
Whether you're applying for Med school, Residency, Fellowship or as a first time Attending, an Interview can either make or break the deal, so you need to be prepared.
Dress code: make sure you dress appropriately for the occasion. Looking professional is a good first impression you want to make. Choose an attire that fits your style and level of comfort while looking sharp. They might want to show you around the Hospital, Campus, etc.
Education: be prepared to explain gaps in education, failed exams, etc. Be true to your story and try to turn around the narrative to how you've grown from this experience.
Be yourself: Programs are interested in what individuals bring to their table. Think about the things that make you different from others. They're interested in knowing you as a person, make sure your personality shines through.
Don't lie: we've seen this many times. PLEASE DON'T TO THIS! I understand that you may want to amp your CV, etc. Lying will make you look bad. When screening for candidates, activities and hobbies are things that the Program pays close attention to, and they WILL ask you about them in your interview. Include things that reflect your interests and what things aside from Medicine you enjoy.
Be prepared: run through common questions... What makes you stand out from other applicants? What will you bring to our Program? Why did you decide to study Medicine? Are you a team player? Name a time where you have been wrong? How have you managed having issues with a coworker? What are your weaknesses? What are your strengths?
They'll play a scenario where you have to follow orders that are wrong, what do you do?
Practice your answers with someone. Record yourself if that works for you. Look for someone who has already experienced this so they can better guide you.
The process is intense, but so worth it.
You'll meet amazing people, future colleagues.
Visit different places where you might train.
Is very exciting.
Enjoy the process!