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Pre-Health School Interviewing Skills Workshop


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Overview of key strategies and tips for succeeding in your Pre-health professional school interviews

Overview of key strategies and tips for succeeding in your Pre-health professional school interviews

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  • INTRO:How many of you already been on interview? Some struggles or questions want answered with this presentation?INTERVIEW SKILLS:Critical – 50% of getting into professional schoolPicture interviewer as an advocate rather than adversary Interviewer job is to make sure you are genuinely interested in becoming a doctor
  • TIPS:Be yourself Some interviewers will know your application and some not – your job is to know it through and through
  • Preparing Emotionally:Run walk yoga meditate Sing favorite song on car ride over – even putting psyched music to interviewInspirational phrase that is meaningful to youNerves:Give yourself permission Critical since it shows the interviewer you are genunely interested in their program and not wasting their timeFirst Date:Good fit for bothCurious and not desperateWant to identify what makes you special so talk about your experiences and opinions not what they want to hearBE EARLYGives you time to relax get in right mindset and avoids rushing and starting already stressedKnow directions to interview
  • See our website for Dress for Success
  • ASK GROUP:What percentage of interview is nonverbal Communication - 90% of interview?Listening:OK to pause before you go on – shows your being thoughtful with answersAvoid Rambling:– 2-3 mins per answer- Sometimes less is moreRemember:You are selling yourself
  • Knowledge: Scientific and Non – ScientificInterpersonal: Supervisors, Peers, Subordinates
  • Exercise – Break group out into partners and practice for 5 mins
  • Don’t know answer: Get out of jail free card – 1 TIME ONLY – Tell them want to think about it and move on…
  • Transferable skillsExplain what was going on at timeELIAsk for clarification – get out of jail free card
  • Be bold – if engaged in interview then should be natural to ask these kinds of questions…
  • Bring notebook to interview write down contact info for each or ask for biz cards
  • Who you are as you relate to the medical professionShow that you have knowledge skills of the industryAnd 4. Maturity, realistic, do you know what your getting into5. With weakness be honest but say how you are working on that weakness – and def answer some weaknesses!So they know how seriously you are considering them – don’t want to pursue you if you don’t pick schoolOpportunity to sell selfLooking for well rounded person – relate to patients not just book smartKnowledge of the industry
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    • 1. University Career Services
      Pre-Health Interviewing Skills
      Presented by: Gemma Costa, Career Counselor for College of Science
      Interview Strategies
      Preparing for your interview
      During the Interview
      After the Interview
      Questions to Ask
    • 3. Preparing for the Interview
      Know yourself – skills, values, interests, career goals
      Know the Application Process and your application well
      Research the Pre-health Program
      Be prepared for anything – extra resumes, pens, etc.
      Prepare answers to questions and questions to ask
    • 4. Psychology of the Interview
      Get Psychologically Prepared:
      • Get moving
      • 5. Repeat inspirational phrase
      • 6. Permission to be nervous
      • 7. Think of it as a 1st date – looking for mutual fit…
      • 8. Be 15 minutes early
    • Preparing for the Interview (cont)
      Wear appropriate interview attire
      Clean, Pressed, Attractive
      Dark Grey or Blue Suit
      Polished/Clean Shoes (closed toe)
      No Low Cut Shirts (ladies)
      Perfume/cologne to a minimum
      Minimal Jewelry
      No gum or smoking
    • 9. Make Positive First Impression
      Firm, confident handshake
      Keep eye contact but don’t glare
      Build rapport
      Show that you are listening/Do not interrupt
      Speak clearly - avoid rambling
      Do not look at your watch
    • 10. Interviewer Learning Goals:
      Interviewee Should Demonstrate:
      Communication Skills
      Intellectual Abilities
      Interpersonal Skills
      Project and Time Management Skills
      Knowledge of Profession
      Professionalism, Maturity, Resilience, and Character
      Observational or Aesthetic Appreciation
      Manual or Tactile Skills
    • 11. STAR
      S – describe the Situation
      T – describe the Tasks you performed
      A – explain what Actions you took
      R – highlight the Results
      Is there a incident/experience that solidified your interest in medicine?
      What is your greatest achievement?
      Why do you want to go to our school over others?
    • 13. During the Interview
      Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
      Answer questions specifically; give examples
      Be enthusiastic
      Be positive and highlight strengths
      Close the interview with confidence
      Ok to ask about next steps
    • 14. Interview Challenges
      Lack of related experience
      Poor academic performance
      Weak English language skills
      Don’t understand or can’t answer question
    • 15. Types of Questions to Ask
      *Never ask questions that can be easily found online
      What ideal qualities do you look for in a student?
      What are my next steps?
      What are my chances of getting into the program?
      What in your opinion makes your program special compared to other (Prehealth) programs?
      When can I expect to hear from you about your decision?
    • 16. After the Interview
      Learn from the experience
      Identify the positive
      Note areas to improve
      Send a follow-up email or letter
      Follow up, if not contacted
    • 17. Role Play Activity
    • 18. Potential Questions
      Would you please describe yourself?
      Why do you want to be a Doctor/Vet/Dentist/Ect…
      Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?
      Do you know what you want to specialize in?
      What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses
      Where else are you applying
      What are your experiences in the medical profession
      What are your hobbies and interests outside of medicine
      What are some of the biggest challenges facing medicine/dentistry/etc. today?
    • 19. Final Words of Wisdom
      Both interviewer and the interviewee have same goal – to determine an appropriate match.
      Visualize yourself succeeding and learn from your experiences, both positive and negative.
      Put your best foot forward yet be genuine.
      Arrange a mock interview with your career counselor or an employer
      Practice, practice, practice
    • 20. Career Services
      University Career Services,
      SUB 1 348
      Call 993-2370 for an appointment with your Career Counselor
      Interview Practice Day
      Use Perfect Interview