Residency Interview Basics

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Understand the basics and background of the residency interview and some important tips and tactics to do well and score high!
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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.

Let's Start with Empathy (Mindset) first?

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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!

What is the program looking for? A Good resident!

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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

What is the Purpose of an interview? Find a Good resident!

How do you define a residency? That is the Interviewer Mindset!
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Defining the Job!
Clinical Job
Clinical Training
  • Clinical Job
    • Team player
    • Resilient
    • Hardworking
  • Clinical Training
    • Empathic
    • Learner
    • Resourceful

Why a Video or in-person Interview?

  • We communicate more with body language than words!
  • Because medicine is a team sport, communication is key!

Interviewing is a Skill; Rather a Combination of Skills!

  • 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
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      Ask program-related questions to show interest!
      • 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]
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  • 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

Other important Points!

  • 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)
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Show your body language & enthusiasm for program and specialty
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