Once you start receiving invitations for the interviews, know you are doing great at this stage and have cleared a major hurdle. Interview is a vital part of the selection process. Interview gives the Program Director a chance to assess the candidate and the candidate a chance to choose the environment he would prefer to work for the next couple of years.
You may begin to receive offers to interview as early as October. Most programs will offer appointments to interview even before the dean's letter is available. Others do not begin evaluating any of their applicants until the dean's letter is ready
E-mail is the primary mode of extending an invitation. Typically, the program will present to you a variety of dates for which they interview applicants, and you may choose between days. Try to contact the program as quickly as possible to arrange your interview because the spots can fill up quickly. Make sure you have second and third choices available for interview dates.
Schedule your most important interviews in the middle of your interview trail. The first few interviews you attend will probably be your most difficult. It takes time to get acclimated to the interview and tour day. Use your first interviews as warm-ups to your more important interviews. Also, try not to schedule your most important interviews too late into the process. As you near the end of the interview trail, you will likely tire of the entire process, and you want to be at your very best for your most key program interviews.
If for any reason you must reschedule your interview, try to do so as early as possible.
Even if the day before or the morning of the interview you have an emergency, always phone ahead.
No one will fault you for having an emergency, but they will remember you as the person who showed up late without calling first, or as the person who did not show up at all.
Scheduling your interviews in clusters can save you time and money
Scheduling early or late does not necessarily help or hurt your application. Many opinions exist on this issue. If you interview early, you may have a better chance of being reviewed when interviewers and committee members have fewer competitive applicants to compare you against. Interviewing later, you may make a more lasting impression on committee members, who may remember you more clearly when it comes time to create rank lists for candidates. It probably does not make a huge difference if you interview early or late. Plenty of stories exist where candidates matched at their first interview location, or their very last interview location
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Tips to secure interview
- If you are interviewing at another place in the same town call up the program and ask them for an interview. Many of them will certainly be able to accommodate you because there would atleast be one spot because of late cancellation of the interview.
- If you are really interested in a program call them up and express you desire to interview at the place
Typical day of the interview
Typical interview session - Lasts from 8.00 a.m to 3.00 p.m
Break fast with other applicants
Brief overview about the program
Tour of the hospital with the residents
Lunch with the house staff
Personal interview with respective attending
Tips to perform better in the interview
-Visit the program web site and note down some highlights of the program.
- The most common reason for failure in the interview is when you are taken by surprise. Try to avoid it by preparing well for the interview.
Participate in the Morning Report or any Discussion. It will give an idea how interactive you are. This has a 90 % success rate of getting u into the program
Ask as many questions as possible. Asking questions shows your interest in the program
It is good to cultivate the habit of taking the visiting cards of all the important people you meet on the interview day so that you can e-mail them about your interest in the program. Don't think the program director is the only decision maker. It is a group decision
Eat nicely and don't feel being noticed. The house staff want you to eat nicely and it is a misconception that u should not stomach full. Whatever you want to --eat should go straight into the mouth and not any other place
Try to joke around in between the interview. All the answers need not be straight forward. Every one of us likes to stay with people who are easy going. Apply the same principle
Get good sleep the night before or else you will spend whole time looking for a place to take nap.
FAQ' s in interview
How did you know about our program?
What distinguishes you from the rest of your class mates?
Questions on your Common application form about your work experience?
What is the most common disease in your setting?
How do you imagine yourself ten years from now?
Are you interested in any fellowships?
Do you have any questions about the program?
Case presentation in some interviews
What is the most interesting case you ever saw? Why is it interesting?
Men generally get decked up in black/ deep blue suits. This is the standard dress code for an interview. Though any color is accepted people prefer wearing black/blue colors. Again it is totally subjective to individual preference as which color he would prefer to. We were criticised in an interview from the house staff " we should ban black/blue colors for th interview". Somebody asked me if I came to the interview straight from a funeral after he saw me in ablack suit wearing a black tie. But still standard dress code is a BLUE/BLACK SUIT.
Since the interview season is in the fall and spring, people travelling to north of America are advised to carry sweaters, gloves , woolen head caps. It is going to be the tough time of winter.