5 Key Concepts
Five key concepts to master in this skill set are:
- Self confidence
- People skills
- Personal leadership
- Managing stress, worry, and attitude.
By the end of this module, you will know how to demonstrate self confidence in the interview process. Remember – your CV got you in the door – the interview should seal the deal for your residency.
It can be intimidating to sit down with the Program Director or Residency Acceptance Committee member who might be determining the direction of the rest of your career – let’s provide you with some tools to handle that pressure. By being well prepared, you’ll be more at ease and demonstrate confidence in your interview.
The idea in a residency interview is to show who you are and how much you know in the best way possible. You will demonstrate how you will be an asset to the institution and patients you will treat.
This is the first module of three in our interview prep course. We will explore the interview basics, which are applicable in many settings such as giving a toast at a friend’s wedding, presenting to the board of directors at a different job, just telling a joke over dinner, or interviewing with a busy Program Director at a prestigious teaching hospital – keep what you’re about to learn in mind, and it’ll all go a lot smoother.
Let’s start by exploring the different kinds of nonverbal communication – sitting, posture, body language, facial expressions, and hand gestures, while you talk to your interviewer.
We’ll highlight important things to keep in mind about your speaking voice. And we’ll cover how to best set up your space for online interviews. Finally, we’ll discuss some of the things to think about while you’re answering your interviewer’s questions.
In the next modules, we’ll apply what you’ve learned today and start putting it together with questions to expect from your interviewer. We’ll start with general questions, and then move into more challenging ones. Finally, we’ll review how to connect your answers to the techniques you’ve learned, and next steps you can take on your own.