At the end of July I woke up to an email, stating I have been invited to an interview. Wow, it was exciting. I called my mom at 6am to tell her the great news. But, I became nervous when I realized haven’t really gone on many interviews.
To begin, my hair is naturally kinky and that was a concern of mine. With its thickness and hard to manage shrinkage, I had to put my hair in a bun. During 3 of the 5 reviews, I wore a headband to hide the frizz. I was accepted into those, so it’s acceptable to wear a small head band that matches your hair color.
A week before the interview day, I went to the career advisor, who specializes in reading personal statements and medical school mock interviews. She gave me a packet that asked questions about my hobby, strengths, weakness and a few of the more common questions asked at interviews. Once I finished the packet, I had the mock interview.
- Do at least 3-5 mock interviews. If you are not able to do so, record yourself. This will allow you to see your body language, and everything else you will most likely do at an interview.
- If asked a question about your weakness, make sure you show how you are fixing it.
- Research the school in advance.
- Have at least 2-3 questions for the students giving a tour guide and the interviewers
- Keep a journal of the questions asked and how you answered them. This will be a great review on what may be asked at future interviews.
- When answering the questions, tell a story with your answer that illustrates a great characteristic to have as a physician.
- Talk to a few of the other interviewees. It helps with the wait.
- (optional) Thank you emails are nice, but not mandatory. I didn’t send it to two of them and I was accepted.