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Interview offer, great! Now what?
Wed, 2009-09-23 15:55
So I got my first interview offer the other day and with it a sense of some relief. But now what? How do you prepare? Travel?
I writing with the hope that maybe there will be some replies from you guys out there, maybe some current residents can give a sense of what they did to prepare for interviews last season or in the past. I know that the most important thing is to “be yourself” and not act too cool or be too shy and all that jazz. I am wondering if some people have or developed a way to prepare for each interview. I am sure some people even have some crazy superstitious acts they do before them, which would be interesting to hear about also. Having nothing to go off of I think I will apporch them as follows (making changes as needed):
-Reading about the program on the website days before, simple enough.
-Taking note of any faculty they have with research experience and trying to read a few of their abstracts, you know in case they actually interview me.
-Trying to get a little idea of the community around the hospital, you know things to do the two to three hours you have to spare a week outside the hospital.
-Review my application and see if any of it relates directly to any of the research going on at the program.
As far as travel I am planning to drive when possible. Not sure what a good limit on how far I would be willing to drive is. Three hours? Five hours? Eight? Or maybe I should take a look at the rate for plane tickets to the program and see if I can catch a sweet deal? Actually maybe one of the best things would to see if I could carpool and split hotel cost with someone near by my home town (maybe more likely on later interviews). If any of you have some ideas or feedback I am sure I am not the only one willing to listen.
Lastly for this post I am trying to be a little forward thinking. I know I only have one interview so far but I am hopeful to have a few more and I am wondering what is a reasonable amount of turn around time from one interview to the next. Should I try and make sure I have two days or maybe more between successive interviews? Or is doing a mini gauntlet of back to back okay? I wonder about being not quite as sharp on the second or third interview in a week? I know this a problem anyone would love to have, but if I can schedule my interview apart, should I?
All for now and I look forward to hearing some of your feedback!