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What to do the Morning of the Residency Interview

posted Apr 21, 2015, 7:47 AM by Explore More   [ updated Jun 4, 2015, 8:24 AM ]

You’ve been accepted to the residency of your choice and made it to the hotel in the city where you’re interviewing. Make sure you don’t blow it by not preparing the morning of the interview. It’s here where many aspects of the interview can go wrong later, so go over these tips that will make it easier.

Relax: This a lot easier said than done. It’s hard but just try. Take deep breaths, and just move on with the morning.

Be on Time or Early: Get to interview 10 or 15 minutes early. Don’t be too early because the faculty may not know what to do with you because no one will be there to talk to you or greet you.

Account for Traffic: Being late to an interview because of traffic or an accident doesn’t cut it. Leave early enough to take a different route and still be on time.

Eat Breakfast: Most of the time breakfast is not provided unless it says so. Make sure you eat something so you aren’t getting antsy or feeling light-headed.

Don’t Drink Too Much Coffee or Water: You don’t want to ask for too many bathroom breaks or be so wired on caffeine that you’re fidgety.

What to Bring: Bring your CV and copy of your personal statement. Make sure both are on professional resume paper, and it’s in a portfolio, so that way they aren’t wrinkled or bent. Sometimes interviewers will ask you for the CV because they didn’t have time. By having it there, it shows you are prepared. Make sure to bring a pen that isn’t chewed up or with advertising on it. It’s the small details that your interviewers will notice.

Contingency Plan: Be prepared for unexpected. Some people bring extra Tide pen for spills and Tylenol or Motrin for headaches.


How to be Careful of Body Language During the Residency Interview

Body language will speak more words than what you can say yourself.
Introduce Self: Use your full name because there might be many people with the same first name as you do, so use your full name.
Firm Handshake
Eye Contact
Sit up Straight
Don’t Fidget
Stay Calm