Interview season is well amongst us and as many of us are applying for residency or fellowship spots, @afshari_md
and I collected a few tips for you all, because we know interviews are stressful AF. 🥴 We have been both the interviewee and interviewer. And really this applies to any job position out there!
1. Be confident, but not cocky. Confidence is inspiring, but arrogance is a turn off.
2. Dress professionally. Go #adult
and buy yourself a nice suit.
3. Everybody has a say in your rank. So (it goes without saying) be nice to EVERYONE.
4. Be yo self. We see through those not genuine.
5. Research the program and your interviewers’ academic interests. It will definitely give you a point for conversation.
6. Sit upright in your chair with good posture. Don’t hang loosely as you may come off as indifferent.
7. Be engaged with residents but not overly casual.
8. PRACTICE common interview questions, but don’t sound rehearsed.
9. Be on time and prompt to emails. If you can’t make an interview, don’t let it ride, email the program coordinator immediately. This is called being a professional.
10. Don’t freak out about pimping during ur interview. Programs just want to see your actions/ reactions during times of stress.
11. Try your best to attend the preinterview dinner, even if you’re tired. It’s to your best interest because it’ll give you a good sense of your fit-ability. Is that a even a word? 🤔
12. Have a drink at the interview dinner, but don’t get drunk. Otherwise, we’ll have dinner and a show.
13. Don’t speak negatively about other programs.
14. The dreaded, “do you have any questions for me??”... ALWAYS ask a question. Even if it’s your 12th time asking the same question, during the same interview. Hell, maybe come up with a few questions you’re ready to spurt out when asked.
15. Have fun!! You’ll look back at these times and realize that however stressful and exhausting, you met amazing people in your prospective field and had gotten a chance to travel the US. ————————————————————————————Shoutout to @rybandznj
for this super cute headband to help keep my hair out of people’s wounds. Kidding, not kidding. 😜