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How Should I Answer Residency Interview Questions?

posted Apr 20, 2015, 1:03 PM by Explore More   [ updated Jun 23, 2015, 9:11 AM ]

How Should I Answer Residency Interview Questions?

In residency interviews, how you answer the question can me more important than what you have say. Interviewers know how daunting a residency interview can be and are know you’re not doing to give the perfect answer to every question. Mostly, they want to get a sense of who you are, so they can determine whether you’re a good fit. So with that in mind, here are some tips about how to approach these interviews in general.

Answer Strategically – In everything you do – self-promote. If you don’t promote yourself, nobody else will. When they ask, “Why should they choose you?” Don’t just say, “I’m a good student.” It’s better to say: “I’m an outstanding student and I’ve excelled in my clinical rotations. I will work hard to care for my patients.”

Answer with Examples – The best way to promote is to give specific examples. You want to show you have done this or you will do that. Your examples don’t have to be from medicine. If you have volunteered or worked in other jobs, you can use them to talk about how you relate to others or how you resolve conflicts.

Don’t be Cliché – Avoid saying your worst trait is working too hard or that you want to go into medicine because you want to help people. Ask yourself why you want to help people specifically, so it shows you have put a lot of thought into it. So instead of saying you want to help people, a better answer would be that you’ve seen first-hand what happens to people when they haven’t gotten appropriate medical care.

Be Honest – If you get caught in a lie, your chance of getting that residency is zero. Even if it’s a fib unrelated to medicine, it will be detrimental. So don’t say you have a pastime that you don’t have, because it’s possible that you interviewer has the same pastime and now he or she is going to quiz you about the details you won’t have.

Be Confident – Remember that nobody knows the answers to these question but you. There are certain aspects that they are looking for in the questions, but they want to know you are confident in your answer, so you show you know yourself.