Hey readers. It's been a pretty long time since my last post but I've been able to catch some time to relax tonight and write.
I'm thankful for the amount of interviews I've had and I'm ready to get the rest done.
I've been to a few interview seminars but didn't find them to be helpful. Here are some quick tips:
1. Wear a charcoal grey suit. Black is ok, but a little too stark and serious. If you wear a black suit, try to wear a French blue or powder blue shirt and a matching tie.
2. Ladies, don't wear skirts that go mid-thigh when you're sitting. You're at an interview and not at the club
3. For the guys, shoes with laces are more traditional and look way better than slip on shoes, even if they're leather. You never know how traditional your interviewer will be. I prefer to wear square toed shoes, but I went with some nice, more formal Oxfords.
1. Don't ask stuff that you can find out on the website
2. Ask residents about call schedules, because some might do 5 calls a month, while others will do just night float weeks, etc.
3. Low yield, lame questions are like "What's the cafeteria like?"
4. A way to ask about how intense workload can be is by asking how big a SICU or MICU team is. If it's 40 beds and only 2 residents, that can be too much work
5. Ask what changes are coming to the program
6. Ask what changes have already been made recently
7. Ask things that are important to you: how much trauma experience there is, if there is a lot of transplant available, what the program does to help residents pass their board exams and do really well on them
8. Ask residents how vacation works, not the program director
1. Be nice, be polite. Take a seat when you're told
2. Keep good eye contact. I shouldn't have to say that, but if you don't keep eye contact, you look dishonest and disinterested
3. Interact with the residents, be friendly, engage them and ask questions
4. Be nice to the secretaries/coordinators, be friendly to them
5. Review your application and know it very well. Be able to speak intelligently about your research.
6. Don't oversell your role in a rotation or project because people find you and they tell others
7. Assume program directors talk about you to other program directors