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The Professional School Interview Lorenzo Foster, MS I Gretchen Gillyard, MS II Sharhonda Ansley, MS I Tomasina Parker, MS II Margo Thomas, MS II Christina Edwards, MS III LSUHSC Shreveport School of Medicine SNMA Chapter
How do you get an interview? How do you get an interview? Undergraduate work: GPA MCAT Activities outside of the classroom: research, community service, organizations Complete AMCAS application Send in secondaries Wait for invitation to interview Expenses
Why do I have to be interviewed? Purpose is to match a face with the name on paper and to see what kind of personality you have. Medicine is not just about science. You must be able to communicate to other people well and the interview tries to see if you are able to do that. Sale yourself because the school is trying to sale itself to you. The people who interview you will be the people to speak up for you during the admissions committee so show your best face.
Kinds of interviews Blind Interviews: only read your personal statement One on One Group interviews Being interviewed by a fourth year medical student Exit interviews
Day before the interview If out of town, arrive the day before the interview and stay in the hotel Be familiar with the school and why you want to attend that school Have everything lined up to get to the interview on time. Tardiness is not a good first impression.
Day of the interview Be aware that everything you say and do that at the medical school you are interviewing at can be a factor in you getting in or not. In other words: Be yourself but do not be too loose.
Expected Questions Why do you want to be doctor? You should be able to answer this question in 2 minutes or less Ethical Issues Current events How do you describe yourself? What motivates you? If you get a tough question, answer it the best your can
Attire “What do I wear for the interview?”
Nails Avoid extremely long or uncut nails Avoid Flashy nail polish colors Keep nails neat and groomed
Jewelry No more than 2 rings per hand or one earring per ear Avoid flashy and gaudy jewelry No tongue rings, nose rings, eyebrow rings etc.
Shoes Avoid open toe and backless Mules are a No No!
Short Skirts Skirts should be no more than 3 inches above the knee Capris and Leggings are a definite NO NO!
Tatoos If you have one that is visible when wearing your suit, cover it up!!!
Bare Legs Wear stockings even in summer, humid weather Wear nude tone stockings
Handbags Avoid printed or trendy handbags
Men Avoid turtlenecks Strong Cologne Leather Blazers
Hair Cornrows ? Dreads ? Braids ?
Preparing For the Professional School Interview
ResourcesQuestionsResearch Current Events
STEP 1: RESOURCES
Websites –Right hand corner of screen --- “jump to” –Scroll down to BIG GUIDE – Look at Undergraduate Section Things to do each undergraduate year Study Tips MCAT Application process INTERVIEWING
Univ. Of Louisville s/biology/aed/interview.htm#Preparing s/biology/aed/interview.htm#Preparing
STEP 2 Interview Questions
Get a list of questions before the interview Think About and Answer all the questions HONESTLY MOCK INTERVIEW
MEMORIZE YOUR AMCAS APPLICATION
STEP 3 RESEARCH –Purpose –Technique –Conclusion
SPECIFICS What do interviewers look for and assess? What turns interviewers off? What kinds of questions are asked? What kinds of interviewing approaches do students encounter