TWO things you need to know 1. Empathy (Mindset) 2. Practice (Skill)
Empathy - The most important skill and hardest to teach
Ask yourself; if you were to interview someone, what are the skills that you would need in that person and how will you be able to evaluate it in a 15-minute interview?
Practice - Skill requires practice! So, Practice! Practice! Practice!
We interview to assess your personality and to decide if you are fit for the job.
Medicine is a skill that requires practice and so does interviewing.
Remember, there is a 90% chance that you will be ranked if you got the interview!
The question is not "if" but "how high?"
It's a match and not a lottery!
Defining a good resident - The AAA-Team Qualities
Available = Response + able = Responsible
Agile = Respond changing environment (external trigger)
Adaptive = Consistently able to change oneself, malleable mindset
Team Player = Works well with others
How do you define a residency? That is the Interviewer Mindset!
Defining the Job!
- Clinical Job
- Team player
- Clinical Training
- We communicate more with body language than words!
- Because medicine is a team sport, communication is key!
- Research - Make sure you know the job you are applying
- In terms of specialty
- In terms of program
- Prepare - Know thyself!
- Know your own application, personal statement
- Backup (equipment)
- Communication - It is more than words
- Body Language, Tonality
- Listen - Answer the question that is asked or get clarification
- Pause - Do not be afraid of pause or dead space
- Confidence - It is a match, not a lottery
- There is a difference between arrogance and confidence
- Tactful self-plug
- Show interest - Show excitement that you are going to be a Neurologist
- If assuming attention and hard work, after graduating do you think I will be prepared for the real-world challenge of being a neurologist?
- What are the program's strengths?
- Where do you think the program can make improvements
- Education [interest of person and faculty]
- Experience [procedures]
Ask program-related questions to show interest!
- Dress Code - Dress professionally from head to toe.
- Anything can happen that would require you to get up.
- Be Punctual - Sign up on zoom at least 5-10 minutes before the interview starts.
- Be polite - Have a genuine smile on your face
- Be polite with every person you encounter during the interview.
- Addressing people - Address them with their last name
- Use their last name unless they invite you to call them by their first name
- Follow up - Keep a list of names, email,s and one topic that can be a memory trigger
- Neurology Application Dashboard
- Do not use your phone while giving the interview
- Make eye contact during your interview
- Please stare at the camera during your interview
- Put a small pointer or a mark next to your camera to help you focus on the camera
- Sit professionally
- Don't cross your legs or lean back on the chair
- Don't put your feet on the desk
- Pronounce the name correctly
- Please ask the Program Coordinator beforehand if you don't know the pronunciation
- If you miss out the chance to ask the program coordinator, you can always ask the attending, the correct pronunciation, politely.
- Because there are so many genders nowadays, you cannot just assume someone's gender and it is always better to ask them how they would like to be addressed
- Don't make inappropriate comments regarding the faculty's dress color or how they look.
- Do not boast about your qualities without having any good examples to support your claims
- Be very cautious when questioning the authority because it can come off in a very negative manner
- Don't play the entitlement card (like from the same city/country/college)
Show your body language & enthusiasm for program and specialty