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How to interview

December 1, 2010

Well. Interview well.

Interviewing is a lot like acting, you need to practice your lines. First step practice. There are plenty of IMG websites with interview questions from former applicants. Find questions that you think are important to answer. Write out your answers. Practice those answers. Practice in front of a mirror. Video yourself practicing those answers. Watch the video to give yourself feedback. Painful isn’t it? Correct your responses so that they flow naturally. Find a skype partner to practice with. Practice some more. Find a native english speaker to ask you the questions and ask them what they thought of your answers.

The interviewer makes up her mind in the first 3-5 minutes. That is all you get. When you see the interviewer, smile and shake hands firmly. We know you are nervous but try not to show it. Make eye contact. Practice posture to indicate that you are interested. Uncross you arms and legs, put your feet on the ground. Sit a little forward in your chair, look the interviewer in the eyes and smile when you talk.

If the first few minutes go well then the rest of the interview can become a friendly exchange of ideas. It doesn’t really matter what you say it is how you say it. If you come across polished and practiced that is really important.

Make a list of questions that you will ask at the end of the interview. Even if the information is already covered, ask a question about something new at the hospital or something personal like “why do you like being involved with residency education?” or “what do you think makes this program special?”

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