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Guidelines for the Residency Interview Process

  • Be respectful and courteous to the administrative staff, including when you are scheduling your interviews.
    The residency administrative staff put tremendous effort into working with applicants and usually will try to accommodate reasonable requests and assist you in the interviewing process as much as possible. You should respect these efforts and make sure your interaction with these important individuals is professional and collegial as this may also be reflected as a component of your application.

  • If you either must or decide to cancel an interview, it is important to let the program know, even if your cancelation is at the last minute.
    Programs put considerable effort into the interview process (such as arranging for individual interviews and ordering food), and letting them know that you will not be keeping an interview date for whatever reason is a matter of courtesy and professionalism.

  • Dress appropriately
    Conservative is always appropriate, and good grooming is essential. Remember that you are interviewing for a position in which you will be interacting with patients, their families, and other professional colleagues, and you should dress in a manner that is appropriate for this role.

  • Be on time
    You should have to wait for them, they should not wait for you.

  • Demeanor is important
    Be attentive, honest and, as much as possible, relaxed. Interview days tend to be long and intense and you will get exhausted, but try your best to always be cordial and appear interested. Remember that the people you interact with on your interview day will be paying attention to your interpersonal skills and professionalism, even in this highly compressed time frame.

  • Attend pre- or post- interview dinners if you can.
    This is an excellent opportunity for you to meet with the current residents and talk about life in the program, and can help greatly in your rank list deliberations. However, remember that your behavior and actions during these events should be appropriate and this time interacting with the residents should be considered as part of your interview.

  • Review your personal statement and curriculum vitae prior to the interview.
    Interviewers may ask you to expand on or otherwise explain a portion of your application and you should be prepared to do this.

  • Learn something about the program before your interview day.
    Although you will likely not know with whom you will be interviewing, it is helpful to know major facts about a program and institution (such as clinical or academic areas of focus); this may facilitate knowledgeable discussion in your interviews with faculty and staff.

  • Be prepared to answer, as well as ask questions.
    View the list of questions commonly asked by faculty interviewers, and think about these question topics ahead of your interview day may be helpful.

  • Record the names of those you encounter as part of the interview process (both faculty and staff)
    Relay appropriate thanks to them following your interview for the time and effort they put in to make your visit possible.

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