Interviews are used to get to know you as a person and assess you on criteria other than test scores & GPA.
"Study" & Prepare
If you treat an interview like you would a class and prepare, you will feel less nervous and be much more confident going in. Here are steps you can take to prepare:
- Set up a mock interview with me
- Download my list of possible questions I could ask you
- Write a list of all the meanginful experiences you've had during your journey
- Write down the mentors and guides you've had along the way
- What did they show you? Why were they helpful?
- What is one memory you can think of you had with each one that was impactful in your journey?
- Read magazines, newspapers, current events to be informed about current issues in the health fields
- Re-read all your application materials
- Anything in your application is fair game and it can be easy to forget what you wrote
- Be prepared to discuss ethical issues and answer hypothetical questions
- Be ready to answer questions about your grades (high and low) and test scores
- Create lists of examples you could name if you were asked hypothetical questions about:
- Ethical Issues/Morals
- Memorable/Proud Moment
- Challenging/Tough Issue
- Making decisions/prioritzing
- Time management/Organization
Mock Interview with Me
Our mock interview focuses on content of answers. We go over classic and not-so-classic questions to build your confidence and push your skills. I give you feedback on answers and teach you to turn "A" answer into "A+" answers.
I take notes during our conversation, which you take with you, so you can see what you said and what my feedback and comments were. While I focus on content, I still give feedback on your overall posture, poise, etc.
UAHs Career Development Center also does Mock Interviews.
Day of the Interview
- Give plenty of time to travel and find the location.
- Take extra time to eat breakfast.
- Dress in business clothes!
- Bring water, extra copies of resume, a notebook, and a pen.
- You're always "on"! From the moment you arrive you being watched!
During the Interview
- Write people's names on your notebook so you can remember them later
- While listening to questions or explanations, nod slowly instead of quickly
- This shows listening skills instead of looking like you are wanting to interrupt others
- Take notes during the interview, especially when you get responses to your questions
- If questions have multiple parts, don't be afraid to use your notebook to write down each part so you can stay organized.
- Think, and if needed, pause before rushing to answer a question. Shows you are willing to take a second to process.
- Ask questions when they allow you! Have more questions than they have time for you to ask!