Don’t Forget to Smile!

We’ve enjoyed working with a lot of medical students across the country through our mock virtual interviews. It has been really great working with students, getting to know them, and helping them refine their pitch to residency programs. While I’ve been impressed with each of the applicants I’ve worked with, I have to remind each of them of one thing.

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At the end of our interview I have to tell them to smile! I can tell that these individuals are determined and focused on performing well and excelling in the interview. It is too easy for us when we are focused to forget the small things.


Dr. Carter J. Boyd, Founder, Med Student Edge

This year more than ever, your facial expressions are invaluable for conveying your story and personality. Programs won’t have access to some of the intangible qualities about you that they would have in an in person interview. Examples might include how you carry yourself, your posture, your handshake, your fidgeting, your tics. Your facial expressions are their only view of your feelings and emotions.

All career counseling websites and interviewing tip experts recommend the same thing: smile. Interviewers are more likely to have a positive evaluation of you as a candidate for the position when you smile, but don’t just take my word for it. Experts agree too.1, 2, 3, 4 Residency interviews are serious and you want to do your best. Be sure that while you are focusing on performing at the highest level, you also let your personality and charm shine through.

Be sure to smile in your interviews. It will make you more successful, more confident, and more likeable.

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Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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