Interview Tips Part II (What To Do On The Day Of Your Interview)
Before reading this post, make sure to read "Interview
Tips Part I: What To Do In The Days Leading Up To Your Interview."
During my time working in a medical school admissions
office, I have picked up a number of helpful “Do’s and Don’t’s” for those
heading into an interview. Check out part two of my Interview Tips series for
guidance on what to do on the day of your interview. Make sure to come back
later for Part III: What To Do During Your Interview, and Part IV: What To Do
After Your Interview.
On the Day of Your
Leave time to get to your interview location at least 30–60 minutes before
your interview starts. Depending on travel time, you will need time to use the
restroom, grab a quick snack or a drink, settle in and review your materials
before your interview slot.
Being hungry is the worst way to enter an interview with people you have
never met before. A growling stomach won’t leave the best impression. Eat
something substantial but not too heavy. You don’t want to be hungry, but you
don’t want to be sleepy from overeating either.
Make sure to go over all of the notes you took during your research to
refresh your memory about the school, the program and the key reasons why you
are a good fit. The last thing you want is to go into an interview feeling
frazzled and rushing to recall everything you prepared. Make sure to go over
your personal statement and any other application materials you have so your
mind is fresh with good experience and educational opportunities to cite in
your interview answers. Go over some possible scenarios in your mind and
imagine yourself giving your best answer.
After you have reviewed your material one last time, put it
away. Give yourself some time to mentally relax for a couple minutes before you
enter the interview. Take a few deep breaths—you have prepared as much as
possible and you are ready to impress your interviewers!