Tips & What to Expect
You might be looking to find out what to expect or how to prepare for your interview with the PPAC. Here, you can find tips and a breakdown on what happens in the interview. Also, during your many meetings wih your Pre-Health Advisor and possible mock interviews, you will become better prepared!
Meet with your Pre-Health Advisor early!
- Meet around January in the Spring semester before the summer you plan to apply to professional school. Here you will learn what you need to do to become best prepared for your PPAC Interview. The earlier you meet, the more organized you will be, and less nervous you will become!
- Keep up with your Personal Statement drafts, re-writing your resume, who you still need to contact about recommendations, etc. These things can become overwhelming. So keep spreadsheets, checklists, stickynotes... Whatever you need to keep yourself organized and on track. Do not rely on your Pre-Health Advisor to remind you of all the details.
Schedule a Mock Interview with Dana Parcher
- A mock interview can help you stay cool, calm, and collected in your PPAC Interview. While the mock interview can't predict all the questions covered in the real interview, it can give you the basic skills needed to give you a confident edge.
- Arrive early!
- Think of lots of examples to use in your answers
- Be open to any suggestions and feedback they provide
- Have an open mind
- While the board appreciates confidence, they also appreciate someone who is realistic
- Bring a notebook and pen
- Bring questions to ask at the end of the interview
- Make eye contact with everyone around the table
- Say thank you at the end of your interview
Why Enter this Profession
- You can probably already guess this will be the first question they will ask you! You shoudld have a clear answer ready to describe your reasons for entering the profession.
- Entering into the health professions is about having a heart of service and they will want to make sure your service experiences meant something to you. Be prepared to discuss not only what you did, but what it meant to you. Think of concrete examples and stories to share with the board.
Grades & Entrance Scores
- Because this is a part of the process no one can ignore, they will ask you about your grades and entrance exam scores, both low and high scores. You will need to be prepared to discuss low grades, withdraws, transfers, previous coursework at other institutions, and entrance exam scores in detail.
- While we want everyone who applies to their fields of choice to get in, there are always "what if" scenarios. They may also ask you about parallel plans or alternative routes you may have thought about to achieve your goals or other goals you have thought of in case you main one does not work out. Be prepared to discuss this with the board, as well.
After the Interview
After the interview, the Chair of the PPAC meets with the Pre-Health Advisor to discuss the applicants. During this meeting, they discuss feedback on the students and whether or not the Board has decided to write a letter of recommendation or not. The Board may also decide to wait on a decision pending the re-take of an exam or class. The Pre-Health Advisor then meets with the student to discuss the feedback and give them the decision.
As always, the Pre-Health Advisor is available to discuss all of this and more with you during consultations and advising sessions. She works with you to make sure you are prepared and confident before going into your PPAC interview and gives you feedback after your meeting.
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