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What Does a Typical Residency Interview Day Include?

posted Jul 18, 2016, 6:56 AM by Explore More   [ updated Jul 18, 2016, 7:00 AM ]
This day includes a meet-and-greet with residents, program director and faculty. You will have multiple interviews in small groups. You will likely not sit down with just one group of people once.

You may be taken on a tour of the hospital or clinic. Be prepared if the hospital has multiple sites or the clinic is off site because they will want to show that to you. This is where you will spend most of your time, so they want you to see it. So, sometimes there is some travel involved with interview day.

There is usually some sort of meal like breakfast and lunch. But don’t always count on it, especially breakfast. So it’s advised that you eat breakfast even if you get there and it’s provided. That’s because if there’s no breakfast, you’ll be starving in the morning while you’re answering questions and you don’t want to have any distractions.

At lunch, you may get to chat with residents that you didn’t get interview with. You can be more relaxed and casual here. You can chat with more residents in a relaxed setting because usually the program director is not part of this lunch session. You can get a feel of what it’s like when the program director is not around.

These interview days can run long and interview season is exhausting. Just know that you are being watched during every part of your day. Interviewers are watching who is paying attention, who is fidgeting, who is sleeping, who is on their phone, who is uninterested.
On interview day make sure you shower and brush your hair. Now you may think this is advice is too obvious, but you would be surprised how some people show up to interview day. You want to show you are professional so dress and appear that way.

Wear a suit – this is definitely a time to wear a suit. But it’s OK to show personality. You can wear a fun shirt or jewelry. It’s OK for guys to wear a fun tie or socks. Show them who you are.

Eat breakfast even if you are provided it because interview day tends to be long and you don’t want to be hungry when you are answering the same question over and over again. 

Make sure you arrive 5 to 10 minutes early because it’s already a stressful day and there’s nothing worse than being late.
Smile, relax and be yourself. You are interviewing the residencies just as much as they are interviewing you. You want to see how they are interacting with you. The residency wants to choose people they like and want to spend all that time with. Be yourself – That is how you will have your best interview day and feel the most comfortable on this important day.