What We’ll Cover Key Elements of the Interview Process A Peek Into MMIs (Multiple Mini Interviews) Alumni Advice Resources Available to YOU Practice
Key Elements: Impression Management You are being evaluated from the moment you’re contacted for the interview until after it concludes. Timeliness and professionalism in all interactions. Confirmation Thank You ( send to each person within 24 hours !) Everyone’s “voice” counts: from the administrative support person to the Chair of the program. Tour of facilities, lunch with students, conversations with other candidates, and beyond. Small details can make a BIG impact, both good & bad
Key Elements: Interviewing Scenarios People You Might Meet: Admissions committee Faculty Administrators Medical students One-on-One Interview Panel Group Interview MMI (Multiple Mini Interview)
Key Elements: Look the Part Dress to Impress… Professionally ! Suit is required Personality is okay Functionality is critical Don’t forget about the little details: Cologne/Perfume Socks Accessories Pressed/Polished/Trimmed One chance to make a positive first impression. SMILE. Handshake Eye contact
Key Elements: Plan & Research One of your greatest responsibilities in this process: RESEARCH The program The institution The people (who you’re meeting with) Current events “Hot” topics Questions for YOU to ask Visit in advance – Route? Parking? Building? Room? Sounds simple, but isn’t always. Can reduce stress. Ask specific questions about what the day will entail!
Key Elements: The Questions Prepare for commonly asked interview questions Why medicine? Why this school/program? Includes ethics-based questions See handouts for examples/resources. | STAR format Be fresh on all details of your AAMCAS application, CV, etc. and be prepared to articulate Anything a bit “fuzzy”? Refresh yourself! Be able to speak in-depth about your research Current events and “hot” topics Questions YOU want to ask. ( ALWAYS have these!)
MMI: A Brief Overview Created as a potentially more effective way to assess qualities outside of the realm of grades and test scores. GREAT opportunity for you to showcase these! Uses a series of stations (typically 6-10) to assess specific skills and qualities. ~6-8 minutes/station Assigns the same interviewer to rate ALL applicants at a station. May be used to assess : communication skills, problem-solving abilities, professionalism, other characteristics critical to success. Resource: http://www.studentdoctor.net
MMI Stations (Samples) Ethical dilemmas or questions about policy or social issues Interactions with an actor (scenario provided) Standard interview questions A task requiring teamwork (with another applicant(s)) Essay writing (more time may be allocated) Rest station (many MMIs include this!) Resource: http://www.studentdoctor.net
MMI Preparation Cannot predict what you will face Get as much information from school/program as you can (i.e. sample questions, format) Example of program that provides a LOT of info: http://school.med.nyu.edu/md-admissions/mmi-faqs# Develop ability to formulate a logical, thorough response within a strict timeframe As with a traditional interview format, prepare by: Staying current on events and policy issues Understanding the approach to ethics issues Resource: http://www.studentdoctor.net
MMI: Video Clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOVbDD9lNjE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOVbDD9lNjE Alumni perspectives on MMIs: Can be more of a conversation Read sample questions/scenarios to prepare May include follow-up questions
Advice from ‘Pards Alexandra Lazzara ’14 (Neuroscience major; Medical School) Michael Rockman ‘15 (Biochemistry major; MD/PHD programs) Christina Brown ‘13 (Biology major; Dental School) Zach Winthrop ‘13 (Biology major; Medical School)
Advice from ‘Pards: General Be yourself. Be confident. Be prepared. You must be aware of the changes impacting medicine/healthcare, and to have opinions related to these changes. Keep in mind you’ll likely face very different types of interviews – conversational/relaxed, structured/rigid, and stress-inducing “Refresh YOURSELF on why you’re doing this (before each interview)…responses will come across with energy, passion, and preparation.”
Advice from ‘Pards: Most Challenging Questions Tell me about yourself. (sounds easy, doesn’t it?) What other schools did you apply to? Why? Why this school/program? What would you be if you weren’t a doctor/dentist/vet/optometrist/podiatrist? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What is your favorite non-science class you have taken? Be prepared to address the weaker points of your application – don’t be caught off guard!
Advice from ‘Pards: Preparation Tips/Strategies “Do as many practice interviews as you can.” With Career Services or others to “get the bugs out” “I don’t even want to think about what would have happened if it (practice) was in an actual interview!” Take time to collect your thoughts; “it is okay to not initially know the answer.” Have questions you want to ask ready – for the faculty, current students, etc. “…make them unique, thoughtful, and genuine.”
Warm Up Find a partner (preferably someone you don’t know well) 30 seconds per respondent: “Why do you want to be a doctor/dentist/optometrist/veterinarian?” No comments from “Interviewer” Now, each person should share feedback on their OWN response: What worked well Areas to refine/enhance Share with each other: one thing you will commit to doing in the next week to take a step forward in preparing for your HPAC interview.
Key Resources Lafayette.InterviewStream.com Career Services “Webshops” http://careerservices.lafayette.edu/students/access-career-resources/market-yourself/in-interviews/ On-Campus Mock Interviews Lafayette alumni (!) Handouts (here for you today): Commonly Asked Q’s (medically-related, general, behavioral-based) MMI Resources Sample “Thank you” Sample questions for YOU to Ask Rights and responsibilities of an interviewer