“Tell me about yourself.”
It was the first question I was asked. And on my first interview too. I prepared for this question, and rehearsed my response multiple times. This is my chance to make an impression on the interviewer, and to steer the next 20 minutes of conversation. This is in my control.
Interview season is well underway, and already I’ve had my first interview. General surgery. I’m told that each interview is the same: welcome, M&M, tour, interviews, lunch, meeting with residents the night prior. So much so that they blend in. But you’ll never forget your first interview.
How do you prepare? Practice, practice, practice. There are resources online to help you identify what questions you likely may have. While they won’t predict how your day will go, they are helpful in thinking about what key points you want to address with interviewers. It’s not as stressful as you anticipate it to be, however, you want to go in prepared.
Also, have fun with the interview day. Yes, it’s long, and yes, you tired by the end, but you will meet a lot of people who you see again on the interview trail. And you will end up working with them throughout your career.
More on interviews in future posts.