The Big DayInterview Day Dr. Sadikah Behbehani Dr. Mohammed Al-Bader
Preparing for the interview BE CALM!!! Remember- they’ve already reviewed your application from the academic eligibility point of view, now they want to review your personality KNOW YOUR CV and your statement letter
Preparing for the interview Go as group! Contact your senior colleagues! Packages and supporting documents Time your journey.. Go early enough! Take it as an official mission! Think of the potential problems you faced and how you overcame them. Read about the program you’re applying to from their online site or through (www.carms.ca)
The interviewers will only ask you general questions about yourself
Interviews You might be given 1 or 2 medical scenarios and asked how you would respond to them- don’t panic, they’re usually easy questions and are only asked to make sure you are a safe and rational doctor… a lot of the interviews do not have medical questions! Most of programs will ask ethical questions: eg Conflicts!
The interview Generally its same for medicine, Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology. The structure of the interview may vary between specialities and colleges The interview begins once you step foot in secretary office!
The interview Most interviews ask more or less the same questions: Why did you choose this specialty/field? Why did you choose Canada/USA? Tell us more about yourself How do you solve conflicts at work? What do you aim to accomplish within the next 10 years? http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/2712/postgraduate-medical-page-6.html
Things to do Shake hands! Eye contact AND Body language! Show confidence and stay relaxed! Show modesty, interest, punctuality and fluency. Kind personality Don’t clam up!
Things you should NOT do! Hostile answers or potentially hostile answers One word answers Racist/sexist acts or behaviours Arrogance Suck up! Criticising your colleagues/country! Being quite, shy, hesitant. Do not show any signs of homesickness!
What do the interviewers want to hear? Fluent, coherent English Personality: someone easy to work with and live with! Ethics and safety Remember: You are being placed on a show- It’s not only what you say, but how you say it that matters!
Being a female… Expect to be asked about your spouse/children… same for married guys! What they want to know is: will you be able to raise a family and still keep up with the program? Or in other words… you are not someone who is likely to leave the program! If you’ve studied abroad: Big plus point
Being a Muslim… Do you have any problem working/interacting with males? If you’re wearing Hijab- Will you scrub in front of male doctors? The Jewish community makes up a big part of many cities- Do you have any problem with that?
Personal experience, McGill: Two rounds of interviews: The first had a panel of 3 1 faculty staff member and 2 residents. The second round had 2 faculty staff members and 4 residents. Past years have had 3 rounds of interviews.
After the inteview Send thank you letters/ emails. Emphasize exactly what you liked about the program. Call or email residents and talk further.