Interview Workshop Fall 2015


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  • For the Applicant – project your unique image & gather info about the school
    For the School –
    Assess your personal characteristics (attitude, maturity, enthusiasm, commitment, etc)
    Clarify and/or confirm the image presented in your application
    Information Gathering- information not on your application
    Recruitment/Marketing- share about school and program
  • Panel: Applicant is interviewed by a couple of individuals usually with other applicants as well.
    Blind: Interviewer does not know any information about applicant
    Partial Blind: Interviewer has reviewed some application information (usually personal statement and secondary app) however does not know GPA or MCAT
    Open: Interviewer has every piece of information in the applicants application.
    Behavior Based: Questions revolve around real-world situations or the applicant must share an experience that provides an example of the question asked.
    Multiple Mini Interview: Students go through stations are assessed based upon different scenarios that focus on issues such as communication, ethics, critical thinking, teamwork and opinions on health care issues.
    If possible be familiar with the type of interview you will have at a school. Knowing what information the interviewer has potentially read about you already will be helpful.
    Example: In a blind interview be aware you might be sharing information that is already part of your application again. During an Open interview feel free to share new information that was not part of your application if that would be relevant.
  • Do a “mirror check” before leaving your house
    Check for tags, wrinkles
    Suggest students shop at a “2nd hand” store perhaps if finances would prevent purchasing a new suit.
    Also, students could borrow from a friend- be creative.
  • Be familiar with the school you have applied to and are now interviewing with: What are the strengths of that school and perhaps how they align with your own strengths and interests. This could prompt questions to the interviewer at the end.
  • Interview Workshop Fall 2015

    1. 1. Health Professional School Interview Workshop MSU Preprofessional Advising Team Janae Currington, M.Ed. Mo Gerhardt, M.S. Claire Gonyo, M.S. Heidi Purdy, M.A.
    2. 2. Purpose of the Interview  To get to know you beyond the numbers  To assess your ability to interact with people  To evaluate your maturity and motivation  To set you apart from the rest  To assess your fit with the program  To answer your questions about the program  Remember: YOU are interviewing the schools as well!
    3. 3. Interviewing Styles  1:1  Panel  Multiple Mini Interview (MSU College of Human Medicine, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, CMU College of Medicine & U of Michigan Dental School)  Behavior-Based  Blind  Partial Blind  Open
    4. 4. “Typical” Interview Questions  Tell me about yourself.  Why do you want to be a _______?  Why is our school a good fit for you?  What are some concerns you have about this program?  Name three strengths and three weaknesses.
    5. 5. Healthcare Interview Questions  What are some of the issues presently confronting the field?  Choose any ethical topic (abortion, genetics, etc) and tell me what you think about it?  What do you hope to gain from your education?  What are some disadvantages to becoming a _________?  If you had a patient addicted to narcotics what would you do?  What about this profession does not agree with your personality?
    6. 6. Specific Questions to Application  Why this school, when you live in _____?  You don’t have a significant science background, how do you think you’ll handle pharmacy school?  How did you become interested in culinary arts/food and wine?  You have a busy life, what do you do to relax?  You’ve done a lot of volunteering, can you explain a difficult situation you encountered while volunteering at _____ hospital?  You were a restaurant manager, describe a particularly difficult customer encounter?  Do you see a connection between restaurant management and being an occupational therapist?  In your personal statement, you mentioned ________. Could you tell me more about that?
    7. 7. Non-Traditional Applicant Questions  You’ve been out of school for awhile, why physical therapy school now? How do you know?  How do you know you won’t grow bored with optometry as you have with other jobs?  What triggered the change of careers?
    8. 8. “Random” Interview Questions  If someone came in to the ER with ______ condition, what would be the first steps you would consider taking?  What interests do you have outside of school?  How do you handle disappointment?  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?  If you could invite three people to dinner, (living or dead) who would they be?  If you don’t get in to your chosen field, what else would you do?  What does integrity mean to you?  What is the last non-academic book you read?
    9. 9. Behavior-Based Interview Questions  Give an example of a situation in which you have developed and maintained a relationship with someone else in spite of a differing point of view.  Tell me about a time when you set your sights too high, or too low.  Tell me about a time when you were creative in solving a problem.  Tell me about at time when you had to balance competing priorities and did so successfully.  Describe a time in which you were forced to make an unpopular decision.
    10. 10. Behavior-Based Interview Questions  Give an example of a time when you were unable to complete a project on time.  Describe a time when you may have been disappointed in your behavior.  Tell me about a goal that you set that took a long time to achieve, or one that you are still working towards.  Give an example of a time you anticipated potential problems and developed preventative measures.  Tell me about a situation where you had to be persuasive and sell your ideas to someone else.
    11. 11. Topics to Know “Something” About  Healthcare System (HMO, PPO, Single Payer, etc)  Current events related to healthcare  Government efforts/reforms of healthcare  Euthanasia  Abortion  AIDS  Stem cell transplants/research  Universal Healthcare  Current Healthcare Legislation  Current Events
    12. 12. Your Evaluation Criteria  Curriculum  Facilities  Student Body  Interdisciplinary/Extracurricular Activities  Financial Aid  Support & Administrative Services
    13. 13. Their Evaluation Criteria  Motivation  Professionalism  Knowledge of health care field  Adaptability  Maturity  Communication skills  Consistency Your interview begins when you drive on campus & ends when you drive off!!
    14. 14. Proper Interview Attire People who wear men’s clothes  Suit and tie  Dress shoes  Conservative colors  Well-groomed  Minimal or no cologne People who wear women’s clothes  Suit (skirt or pants)  Pantyhose/stockings  Button-down shirt  Conservative dress shoes (not open-toed)  Appropriate Makeup/ Jewelry  Minimal or no cologne/perfume  Professional bag/coat
    15. 15. Reminders  Ask questions  Re-read your personal statement and supplemental application  Make eye contact  Turn your cell phone off  Take a minute to think about your answer  Answer the question that was asked  Be honest and upfront about your knowledge (or lack of knowledge)  Be yourself  Be on time, if not early  Write thank-you notes
    16. 16. Preparing for the Interview  Have “real” conversations with others  List your strengths & weaknesses on paper.  Get familiar with the school  Prepare a list of questions that are not blatantly obvious on the website
    17. 17. Day of Interview  Eat breakfast  Plan extra time to get to the school, have a campus map to be sure you get to the correct building  Aspects of the Day typically include:  Actual Interview  Financial Aid information  Campus Tour by current students
    18. 18. Day of Interview – MI Medical School Specifics  MSU COM *Welcome to MSUCOM *MMI Interview – 6 domains (stations) 10 minutes each *1:1 verbal station– 10 minutes
    19. 19. Day of Interview – MI Medical School Specifics - continued  MSU CHM *1:1 with a med student – 30 minutes *Multiple Mini Interviews – 8 minutes at each of 8 stations *Partial blind – Have access to personal statement, AMCAS experiences, and secondary essays but NO numbers.
    20. 20. Day of Interview – MI Medical School Specifics - continued  OU – William Beaumont *2 interviews – 25-30 minutes each *1:1 with faculty/staff member & a physician *Partial blind – Have access to personal statement, AMCAS experiences, and secondary essays but NO numbers.
    21. 21. Day of Interview – MI Medical School Specifics - continued  U of M *24 Hours in Blue *6 MMI – 1 hour total *2 long form interviews – 30 minutes each *1:1 with faculty members and med students *Open – have access to entire file
    22. 22. Day of Interview – MI Medical School Specifics - continued  WSU *1interview – 30-60 minutes each *1:1 with admission committee member, may also have med student participate *Open – have access to entire file
    23. 23. Day of Interview – MI Medical School Specifics - continued  CMU - *Multiple Mini Interviews – 8-10 stations 10 minutes each, one station is an expanded 30 minute interview *Blind – Have NO access to personal statement, AMCAS experiences, secondary essays or numbers.
    24. 24. Day of Interview – MI Medical School Specifics - continued  WMU- *Day and a half *2 Interviews – 14 minutes each, with a 1 minute rest in between *1:1 Interview with faculty member *Open – have access to entire file
    25. 25. Day of Interview – MI Dental School Specifics  U of M *Multiple Mini Interviews – 5 minutes at each of 10 stations *Blind – no prior info available to interviewer  U of Detroit Mercy *1 interview – 60 minutes *1:1 – notified in advance who interviewer will be *Open – have access to entire file
    26. 26. Interview Tips for the Future  Budgeting, start saving now  Clothes, travel expenses  Schedule enough travel time  Be aware you might be missing classes to attend interviews, communicate with professors  Take advantage of orientation programs at schools
    27. 27. Other Considerations  Letter Writers – Keep them updated on your progress --- they WANT to know!  Oct 15th – earliest acceptance date for MD schools  May 15th – last date to hold multiple acceptances  Deposits – typically refundable but check deadline dates
    28. 28. Questions? Seek us out! CNS Preprofessional Advisors  Janae Currington, M.Ed.,  Mo Gerhardt, M.S.,  Claire Gonyo, M.S.,  Heidi Purdy, M.A., Compliments to Candice Eisenhauer, University of Illinois –Chicago, for sharing the framework for this presentation at CAAHP Conference, April 2009.