Interview Season 101

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Interview season is officially upon us.  Thus far, you have stressed over writing a personal statement, ensured your letters of recommendation were uploaded on time, and reviewed your activities section countless times in search of typos which all culminated in successfully submitting and certifying your ERAS residency applications.  This culmination marks a major transition inContinue reading “Interview Season 101”

How do you handle stress?

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Any residency training program is undoubtedly going to have an element of stress. Unfortunately, stress can bring out some of our worst qualities, habits, and tendencies. This is only amplified when stressful situations arise in the background of fatigue and sleep deprivation common among residents. Programs know that every resident will be stressed or placedContinue reading “How do you handle stress?”

What books are you reading for fun?

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Asking what books you are reading for pleasure is a classic interview question not just for residency interviews but for an interview in any field or job. Interviewers are assessing to see if you are a well rounded individual. The books you are reading can spark unique conversation topics that influence the rest of theContinue reading “What books are you reading for fun?”

Who has been the most influential person in your life?

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Interviewers will ask you questions about the most influential person in your life. They ask these questions to help provide insight into who you are as a person and to understand what you value. Key Takeaway For this type of question, there is no correct answer. Interviewers aren’t particularly interested in who you picked, butContinue reading “Who has been the most influential person in your life?”

Interview Question: What do you do for fun?

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Do not be surprised if interviewers ask you what you do for fun. While programs want to assess the academic, research, and clinical qualifications you have as an applicant, they also want to get to know you. Most programs don’t want robotic residents. You will be interacting with the same attendings, residents, and fellows atContinue reading “Interview Question: What do you do for fun?”

Describe a mistake you have made

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This is a difficult question because it forces you to describe a failure. We all make mistakes. Every medical student, every resident, every attending. Though you are describing a mistake, you want to provide an answer that recapitulates your experience in a positive light. Basics You have the opportunity to prepare for this question inContinue reading “Describe a mistake you have made”

Why orthopaedic surgery?

Programs will ask you about your interest in orthopaedic surgery. This question arises in at least one interview room at every program. This is a predictable question so you should develop a semi-scripted answer beforehand. First of all, be honest. Everyone has a different story. Tell yours. Your authenticity and ability to speak about yourContinue reading “Why orthopaedic surgery?”

Tell me about this specific research project.

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While interviewers often ask general questions, they may also ask about individual lines on your CV such as a specific research project or other activity. This possibility is one reason to know every detail that is listed on your CV. If asked about a specific research project, there are several items of information you shouldContinue reading “Tell me about this specific research project.”

What are the biggest challenges in your specialty today?

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When the program director at my second interview asked me, “What are the biggest challenges in plastic surgery today?”, I froze. I had not prepared for this question. Of course, there is no right answer, but the question gauges how well versed you are in the current events of a particular field. How do youContinue reading “What are the biggest challenges in your specialty today?”

What is your Step 1 score?

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You might be surprised that an interviewer is asking about your Step 1 score in an interview. All interviewers should have your score right in front of them on your CV. Still, this question gets asked. This segment is divided into broad classifications to give you advice tailored to you own numbers. Low Scorers IfContinue reading “What is your Step 1 score?”