Interview Fatigue

As we continue to progress deeper into interview season, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of the importance of self-care and personal rejuvenation. After completing just one interview, you readily realize how completely exhausting residency interviews are. Compound this effect with virtual meet and greets and subsequent interviews, you can very quickly become mentally, emotionally, and physically drained. It is vitally important that you find time to recharge and refresh so that you can continually perform at the highest level.

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Interviews are grueling. You always have to be ‘on’ and are asked countless challenging questions. After a even just a few interviews, you may not consciously recognize it but your mind and body quickly become fatigued from this process. Unfortunately, this fatigue will slowly creep in and hinder your performance. This fatigue manifests itself in different ways for different people. Your answers may become more brief. You may start slouching or forget to maintain eye contact. You may not speak with the same enthusiasm you did at your first interview.

As difficult as it is, we have to quell the tendencies and effects of interview fatigue. The best way to avoid interview fatigue is to be proactive. Take time to refresh, recharge, and rejuvenate. Get plenty of rest and spend time doing activities that you enjoy. Allot time in your schedule to completely unplug from thinking about “Where you see yourself in 10 years?” or “What is your biggest weakness?”.

“We have to quell the tendencies and effects of interview fatigue.”

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

Here are just some ways you can take a break and clear your mind from the stress and focus of residency interviews.

  • Sleep
  • Exercise
  • Stretch
  • Meditate
  • Hobbies
  • Call a friend or family member
  • New TV show
  • Movie
  • Cooking

Interview season is difficult and a unique season of the pathway to becoming a physician. You have spent the past several years of your medical school training to get to this point. Stay strong and power through these tough and grueling days. Be yourself and show them how great and capable you are. If we can be of service or assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to let us know.

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Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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