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How to do well in the interview by Dr. Sadikah Behbehani and Dr. Mohammed Al-Bader

How to do well in the interview by Dr. Sadikah Behbehani and Dr. Mohammed Al-Bader

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  • 1. The Big DayInterview Day
    Dr. Sadikah Behbehani
    Dr. Mohammed Al-Bader
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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)
  • 4. The day of the interview
    • Dress smartly
    • 5. Females: wear a dark colored suit, dark stockings, sparse make up and no jewelry
    • 6. Males: dark suit, suitable tie, dark socks and shoes
    • 7. Perfume: go easy or without
    • 8. 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!
  • 9. 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!
  • 10. 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?
  • 11. 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!
  • 12. Things you should NOT do!
    Hostile answers or potentially hostile answers
    One word answers
    Racist/sexist acts or behaviours
    Suck up!
    Criticising your colleagues/country!
    Being quite, shy, hesitant.
    Do not show any signs of homesickness!
  • 13. 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!
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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?
  • 16. Montreal Surgical interview
  • 17. 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.
  • 18. After the inteview 
    Send thank you letters/ emails.
    Emphasize exactly what you liked about the program.
    Call or email residents and talk further.