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Pre-Health School Interviewing Skills Workshop


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


  • 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