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Old 11-13-12, 10:31 PM   #1
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Interviewing tips and thoughts? :)

Hey everyone. Some of you may remember me posting here when I was fifteen. I'm 22 now and have been thankfully given two D.O. medical school interviews coming up this month. I'm really nervous and have been trying to get down the basic questions that always come up. But do those employed on here have any hidden tips about interviewing in general or especially thoughts about healthcare for that matter? Especially ways to possibly make healthcare better from your experiences?
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Read "What Color is your Parachute" and "Knock 'em Dead". I took a 5-day class recently on job preparation and interview skills (it was a military transition course). Pretty much everything they taught us was in these two books.
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Eye contact (don't stare, just engage the person when it's appropriate), enunciate. Yeah does not equal yes. Nah does not equal no.
Pick clothing well. You want to be remembered, but don't be remembered only for your clothing (like that hideously bright, orange tie you were thinking of wearing).
In terms of healthcare, just go in there knowing what you can about the field. Osteopathic medicine is an interesting field; it'll help if you find it to be interesting and are able to express that.
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Read "What Color is your Parachute" and "Knock 'em Dead". I took a 5-day class recently on job preparation and interview skills (it was a military transition course). Pretty much everything they taught us was in these two books.

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Take a platter of bacon to the interview.
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Good for you EJ, I remember your 15 YO posts!!!

I'd mention the need for a solid scientific medical education, and show interest in the role that new technology is playing in medicine today. The internet, electronic records, distant collaboration, all while maintaining a caring relationship with the patient.

I'd mention any specific areas of medicine that is of interest to you, don't over do it, but if surgery or cardiology is of interest, then mention it as early interests. It just shows that you are serious and have given it consideration at that level, be prepared to tell them why you have those interests (societal need, complex biological systems involved, your personal involvement).

Show your enthusiasm about changes in medical practice will be in 7 years when you finish training, and the energy you plan to put forth during that time in training.

Good luck, do well, be prepared.
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EJ, I would be remiss if I did not second Shifty here. Congrats on your education. Does this mean you have or will complete your undergrad studies?
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Don't try to memorize stuff... you either know it or you don't. Don't BS.

One thing that I found that worked really well for me was to practice interviews... go on interviews to other places, or with other professionals before you do "the big one." See if people you know can get you in to see a professional you don't know to give you an interview... just doing it a few times really helps.

The other thing that helps is getting in some exercise a few hours before the interview... do what ever you enjoy... get the sweat out, get the heart racing... then get cleaned up and relax. Your body has then been through a "fight or flight" situation at least once that day and you will be more relaxed at the interview... also the increased blood flow will help you think later in the day.

Now get out there and do it!
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One neglected point is give yourself plenty of time to get there. If an academic setting perhaps give more than yuo expect by a long shot. College parking can be very very bad and finding a location can be a nightmare on campus.

Heck if you have the chance make SURE you know exactly where you are going by going there first.

Showing up late makes a bad impression. But making it there barely on time and stressed out can be just as bad.

Oh an duse the internet, find out as much as you can about the places you will be interviewing. Even if yuo use knowledge gotten poorly yuo score points for taking the time to get it at all.
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As someone who has recently given a bunch of phone interviews ( I'm a telecommuting software engineer ), I can tell you what never leaves me with a good first impression:

1) When a candidate uses a cell phone and there's a poor connection. For cripes sake, use a landline, unless you want to annoy your interviewer because the two of you are constantly saying "Could you repeat that please? You just dropped out for a moment."

2) Interrupting the interview so you can place your order with the Starbucks barista. Unless you don't mind hearing nothing but a dialtone when you get back to the conversation.
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Don't think any question, no matter how dumb or insipid it seems, is beneath you. Don't say 'now that's a dumb question', or 'I've been doing this for x number of years, I know what I'm doing'. That will end any change you had.
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This is a DO school, so be sure to talk about increased communication and care for the patient, compassion, and holistic care. Personal examples are good. I always used the one about how the Red Cross sent me a letter (a letter, really?) telling me that after my last donation, there had been a irregularity in my blood tests and I probably (probably, really?) didn't have HIV, but I only knew that based on reading the test results myself and lining that up with a table they'd helpfully provided that said I was probably only false positive, and how that was completely unacceptable and how I felt that patient treatment needed to get back to one on one getting to know patients and treating them as people rather than cases. At this point, I should note that I didn't end up going to med school (was on a couple of wait lists, got a couple of no's and still had a couple more interviews yet to go in the middle of my senior year of undergrad when I decided a PhD sounded more fun), so maybe my advice won't be the best. From my understanding, DO schools are all about wanting to hear that you want to give more thought/care to the patient and want to talk about your volunteering background more than many of the md schools I talked to that were more interested in my research background.
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I aced my last interview by asking my now boss: "so why do you think I would be perfect for this job?" he said: "well, all the reasons you just told us" and he then went on to list a few that he liked the best.

even if you are a young man with little experience there is a still a list of reasons why they should hire you right? write the list down and memorize it. use it where appropriate. then at the end when they ask if you have any questions, ask them why they think you would be great for them. they will think of the good positive things and those are the things you will leave them with. clever, huh?
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Start off with a firm handshake. It's a lost art. Kids today like to do some limp-wristed, soggy, weak handshakes. Not a vice-grip shake, just firm.
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For interviews I don't really practice because then you would just be memorizing answers.
if they ask you "where do you see yourself in ten years" don't say things like "in jail....jk"
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Wait, they let Foosters into med school?
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dont touch your face, short answers if you can. tell the truth as much as possible. don't shift around. lean forward look excited.

proper grammar and English pull your pants up and wear a belt, I hate having to tell my friends that. These are college level people.
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Turn your cell phone OFF. Look groomed (not in the "bed-head" style, either!). Make sure you & your clothes are clean - no stains, spots, frayed cuffs... shine your shoes!

All of the above advice is good stuff... but after all is said & done, and you're STILL nervous, just tell your interviewer that the interview is so important to you it makes you really nervous!

Good luck, kiddo!
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dont touch your face, short answers if you can. tell the truth as much as possible. don't shift around. lean forward look excited.

proper grammar and English pull your pants up and wear a belt, I hate having to tell my friends that. These are college level people.
What this means is DON'T LIE. But you don't generally need to offer excessive detail, either.
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Imagine everybody naked.
Yeah, this is not a good idea. Especially if the interviewer is of the opposite gender and at all attractive. They don't appreciate it when you stare at their bodies. Especially if you lick your lips and are obviously wondering if they make a lot of noise while engaging in the physical act of lovemaking. Well, most don't. Some will argue forcefully for your admission if you're willing to follow through on those thoughts.
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Yeah, this is not a good idea. Especially if the interviewer is of the opposite gender and at all attractive. They don't appreciate it when you stare at their bodies. Especially if you lick your lips and are obviously wondering if they make a lot of noise while engaging in the physical act of lovemaking. Well, most don't. Some will argue forcefully for your admission if you're willing to follow through on those thoughts.
So you're saying it is a bad idea, but it might get you the job? Be less ambiguous here.
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So you're saying it is a bad idea, but it might get you the job? Be less ambiguous here.
Well, substitute get you admission to school of osteopathic medicine for get you the job and that's pretty much exactly what I'm saying. It's all about the interviewee reading the appropriate context of the situation (and having a certain moral flexibility should that be required). But in general, imagining interviewers naked leads to staring at their chest or crotch, which leads to uncomfortable interviewers, which leads to not getting into medical school, which leads to binge drinking and, eventually, living in a van down by the river.
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