Remember to Say Thank You

However you may be spending the Thanksgiving holiday this year, the day serves as a good reminder to us in the interview and application process. In interviews, it is very easy to get focused on selling ourselves to programs and perfecting our pitch. In doing so, we can lose sight of some of the small things that are reflective of a mature and insightful individual who would be an excellent resident.

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Take a few seconds out of each interview that you have to thank the interviewer for their time and consideration of your application. This does not have to be over the top or extravagant. Be sincere and genuine. You would be surprised how many people forget to say thank you, whether it be due to anxiety, focusing on answering questions, interview fatigue, or simply just oversight. By thanking the interviewer, you will stand out.

I ended each individual interview with a simple line. “Thank you for the opportunity to interview at this program and for considering my application.” Others might choose to do this at the beginning of the interview during the introductions which is also completely appropriate. At some point in the interview, be sure to say thank you.

Many people may send thank you notes or thank you letters after the interview to people they interviewed with or the program director. We will discuss the pros, cons, and how to do it in a subsequent article. Still, the best way to show your appreciation and enthusiasm is by sincerely thanking the individuals that you interview with on interview day.

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Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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