I thought it would be a good idea to give a few suggestions on interview etiquette since many medical students across the country will soon be embarking on their residency interview journeys.
- Always be early to the interview. Being punctual says a lot about the interviewee before the session has even begun, and believe me, they will notice tardiness.
- Have questions ready to ask the residents and attendings. I would say three questions each, minimum. You don’t want an awkward silence when the resident asks if anyone has any questions. That just shows a lack of interest in the program.
- Practice answering common interview questions. It might be a good idea to practice this with a friend, or even a stranger. Just get comfortable answering the awkward questions about yourself, because they will come.
- Look the part on interview day. Guys: make sure your clean shaven, or have a very clean looking beard. Make sure your hair is cut and combed. Suit and tie are mandatory; typically suits are black, gray, or blue. It’s fine to stand out a little, but don’t go over the top. This is not your time to show off your wardrobe.
- This is not a time to quit coffee. It is going to be a long day, so stay caffeinated and hydrated.
I hope these tips help you as much as they did me. Check out Part II for tips on how to conduct yourself when you arrive at the campus where the interview will take place.