Lesson 1, Topic 1
- Being robotic and scripted. In an interview, you are demonstrating how you will be as a colleague and as a physician. No patient wants to be cared for by a robotic doctor who isn’t thinking spontaneously. Having a script removes all emotion and connection between you and the interviewer, because you aren’t truly present. You should know the beats of what you want to say without having every word completely memorized.
- Don’t try to be perfect. This interview is not about perfection, it’s about making a positive impression on the interviewer and learning more about the residency program. It’s about showing genuine interest. There is no such thing as a perfect conversation. What you’re trying to do is create a connection that leaves a meaningful, positive impact in the interviewer’s mind.
- Trying to impress the interviewers with your CV accomplishments. The interviewers are already well acquainted with your CV. That’s why they wanted to meet you. Instead, try to tell stories that demonstrate your strongest qualities, that show how you were inspired to join this field or about your goals in the field, and what differentiates you as a unique individual among so many talented candidates. Shed more light on elements of your CV not by repeating what’s already there, but by demonstrating what you learned or did.
- In the case of a digital interview, make sure you’re looking at the camera properly. Avoid looking at yourself on the screen during a zoom interview. You must look at the lens of the camera, otherwise it will appear that you are looking at the interviewer’s lips or chest.