Interview Tips from Students Currently on the Interview Trail
A few things l've learned on the Residency interview trail:
Splurge a little extra for that hotel with free breakfast. A bagel and muffin will only take you so far in the morning. If you even get that.
Actually just splurge for a nice hotel in general. Preferably one with an actual shower head.
Never wear a bow tie to an interview. Just no.
Splash some color in your outfit. You don't want staff to think you are either with JCO or an undertaker.
You never know who you will actually interview with. Be nice to everyone. Actually just be nice anyway, it usually helps.
There will always be that one question you need to pull out of your a$$ every interview because you weren't expecting it. I now know the perfect word l would use to describe myself. Shame l came up with it after the fact.
Dr. Barone: “OK we're curious... what word did you use to describe yourself?”
I should have gone with “Persistent” in hindsight. I said “Dedicated” instead, which wasn't terrible either, just always a problem giving a decent answer that also isn't vomit-inducing for the other person.
- Mark P.