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How to be Careful of Body Language During Your Residency Interview

posted Jun 4, 2015, 8:58 AM by Explore More   [ updated Jun 4, 2015, 9:12 AM ]
Body language will speak more words than what you can say yourself. The biggest challenging during family medicine residency interviews is projecting that you’re a personable person because that’s a large part of being a family physician. You are hoping to show confidence in yourself, so others will have confidence in you. Here are some tips for you to remember:

Smile: Don’t forget that a smile will go a long way to put other people at ease.

Introduce Yourself Self the Right Way: Use your full name because there might be many people who are interviewing with the same first name as you, so a student named John Smith should not say, “Hi, I’m John”  when introducing himself for the first time instead he should say, “Hi, I’m John Smith.”

Firm Handshake: Don’t give a limp handshake or wipe your hand on your pant leg before shaking hands. Practice your handshake with someone you know well before the interview because this will be one of the first impressions that you make and may affect the entire interview.

Eye Contact: Show them you have confidence in yourself with eye contact, especially when shaking hands, so that they know you have confidence in yourself. 

Sit up Straight and Don’t Fidget: Practice interviewing with other people beforehand because your inadvertent nervous ticks will show themselves. You don’t want to be playing with your ring or pens during your residency interview. Many times, students who are being interviewed don’t realize they are fidgeting out of nervousness and don’t remember it afterward. 

Stay Calm: Remember don’t let them see you sweat because they might think you don’t have the confidence to be a family physician. As a physician, you will have to project confidence and likability to your patients, so if you can’t show that here, the interviewers may believe you aren’t the best candidate.

Focus: During interview downtime, don’t check email or get on the phone. They don’t want to see that. They want to know that you are committed to them. Everything you do that the staff can see will affect your chances of getting that residency. What you should do during breaks is talk to residents, faculty and staff or read the resident handout packet that was given to you. If you take them seriously and show it, they will do the same for you. If not, you will likely not even be ranked no matter what your qualifications are.