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Residency Interview Basics

There are 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?

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!

  • 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!

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
  • — Neurology Application Dashboard

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]
  • 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



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