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1 The Successful Interview Joel Maurer, MD Assistant Dean for Admissions College of Human Medicine Michigan State University

2 First Impressions Are Really Important

3 First Impressions Research has shown that people can make first impression judgments as quickly as 1/10 of a second. Research has also shown that first impressions are hard to change. So….

4 1. Dress for Success!

5 General Tips and Recommendations Your attire should be noticed as being appropriate and well- fitting, but it should not take center stage. If you are primarily remembered for your interview attire, this is probably because you made an error in judgment! Never confuse an interview or business function with a social event. Don't dress for a party or a date. Basic professional attire does not change with the whims of fashion.

6 Specific Dress Tips that Apply to Both Men and Women Suit Conservative colors / fabric Cost / quality Details Smell Tattoos/Piercings/Body Art

7 Specifics for Men Ties Shirts Socks Shoes/Belt Facial hair/nails Hair Details

8 Specifics for Women Club attire is not business attire Suit - pants / skirts Shirt / sweaters Jewelry / accessories Shoes/Hosiery Cosmetics Purse / bag

9 2. Be Professional throughout the day and beyond!

10 Be Prompt

11 Be Attentive

12 Be Polite

13 Be Respectful

14 Be Careful and Mindful user names Voic messages Social Media

15 3. Interview Styles and Content

16 Interviewer Styles One-on-one Panel Mini-multiple Interview

17 Information to Interviewer Open Semi-blind Blind

18 Interview Content and Environment Usually based on topic(s) Usually try to create a relaxing atmosphere

19 Types of Interview Questions Personal Motivation and Commitment Education and Experience Knowledge of Medical School Goals/Plans Exposure to Medicine and Current Events Breadth and Diversity Behavior-based

20 Do I Get to Ask Questions? Will I need a car? How diverse is the faculty? How do students get involved? Orientation?

21 4. Know the School to which You Are Interviewing (and Do Your Homework!)

22 Know The Medical School Why this particular medical school Have questions specific to this medical school

23 Know yourself Know your application Know why you want to be a doctor Know why you feel this school will be a good fit for you

24 Prepare for Questions Review potential questions Practice out loud Be careful not to rehearse too much Silence is ok for a few seconds

25 Any Questions?


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