Top 10 Things To Do During Residency or Fellowship Interviews

Here are the top 10 things you can do during residency or fellowship program interviews:

  1. Research the program: Before the interview, research the program thoroughly. Learn about its mission, values, and culture. Review the program’s website, read up on their faculty, and review their social media channels if available.
  2. Prepare for commonly asked questions: Practice answering commonly asked questions such as “why do you want to join this program?” or “what are your strengths and weaknesses?”.
  3. Dress appropriately: Dress professionally, conservatively, and comfortably. Avoid wearing anything that may be distracting or inappropriate.
  4. Be punctual: Arrive on time or early to the interview. Give yourself extra time in case of unexpected delays or traffic.
  5. Be professional: Be respectful and professional with everyone you meet during the interview process, from the program director to the administrative staff.
  6. Be personable: Be friendly, approachable, and engaged during the interview. Try to establish a rapport with the interviewer, but avoid being overly familiar or inappropriate.
  7. Ask thoughtful questions: Prepare a list of thoughtful and relevant questions to ask the interviewer. Avoid asking questions that can be easily answered by reviewing the program’s website.
  8. Highlight your strengths: Emphasize your strengths, achievements, and relevant experience. Be concise and specific in your responses.
  9. Show your interest: Show your interest in the program and the specialty by asking relevant questions, discussing your relevant experiences and research, and expressing your enthusiasm.
  10. Follow up: Send a thank-you note or email to the interviewer after the interview, expressing your appreciation for their time and reiterating your interest in the program.
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