Here are some pointers from what I learned from this Residency Application Season:
1) Have your Letter of Reference (LOR) authors decided much earlier in the summer, and ask them to write your LORs as early as you can, but within the year you want to apply.
2) Print out the work sheet for the Residency Application and work on it well in advance before the deadline.
3) Have your CV throughly completed.
4) Ensure your paperwork at your Dean’s Office is handled accordingly.
5) Choose residency programs that you would like to apply to carefully. Applying to too many programs may end up being overwhelmingly costly. If you apply to over 50 programs, you can expect to pay over $1000 just in application fees.
6) When receiving rejections, just accept it. Not every program is going to accept you. If they did, you will have over 50 interviews to attend; you will just be spending a lot of money and not performing well due to exhaustion.
7) When receiving invitations for interview, reply immediately. Schedule your interview at the time that is most appropriate for you.
8) Before an interview, research everything about the program and the city. Prepare questions. Do not ask the program questions about information that is already on their website.
9) Prepare for case-based questions as well as regular interview-style and behavioral questions.
10) Decide your wardrobe for the day. Dress professionally and comfortably. You may be walking around for most of the day, so make sure you are wearing a good pair of comfortable shoes. You don’t want to be noticed for sitting down at every chance you got.
11) Make travel arrangements, and give yourself ample time to get there, so you are not late.
12) At the interview, just try to be yourself.
13) Post-interview, make sure you respond with thank-you messages to the coordinator, faculty, program director, and residents you met.
These suggestions are what I learned worked best for me. But again, they are just my opinion, and I am sure during your interview season, you will learn what works best for you. Good luck!