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Residency Application Process > Interview Tips
- Be on time
- Be nice to everyone. How you interact with staff is highly regarded.
- Make eye contact
- Be confident
- Be honest
- Express interest in the program
- At the end of the day, take notes of important details
- Try to get resident contact information (email address or phone number) if you have additional questions
- Know your cv and personal statement
- Be prepared to explain gaps or delays in your education
- Be prepared to answer questions on your research-what you did, what were the outcomes, what experience did you gain?
- Review the program website and be familiar with key faculty
- Be prepared to answer why you have chosen that field, program, area of country (avoid saying “For the lifestyle”)
- Be prepared to articulate your strengths and challenges
- What they are looking for:
- Will you be a good fit?
- Is this someone we can work with for 3/4/5 years?
- What can you add to the program?
- Questions to ask:
- Have well prepared questions for everyone, especially the program director, even if you already heard the answer.
- Tailor questions appropriately for level of interviewer (i.e., don't ask a faculty member about the intern call schedule)
- Ask opinion-type questions. You can ask the same question to several interviewers and compare answers
- Residents – Are they happy? What do they like about working here?
- Inquire about the strengths and weaknesses of program- you can ask this of more than one person and compare responses
- Do they foresee any changes?
- What do graduates do?