Saturday, September 19, 2009

Outline of preinterview teleconference

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September 18, 2009

–Preinterview
1.suite, dressing conservatively. Navy blue/black. Talk to sales rep.
light color shirt. Stationary good pen.
2. Hotel, transportation reservation; leave 20-40min buffer time
3. Shower, gum, personal hygiene
4. Study interviewer’s background, alma mater, publications
5. Study Q and A
6. Study your own CV and PS
7. Hobby, sports, and entertainment may help

–Interview day
1. Keep eye contact, but not staring at interviewer.
2. Gesture. You own the chair. Do NOT hold the purse, rather place it on floor.
3. body langurage, hand shake, not too firm, neither light.
4. body buildup, exercise, and high spirit
5. Interview the program, asking about resident placement, the
strength and weakness of program
6. Do NOT ask faculty, but residents, about call schedule, work load,
book fund, and vacation time (usually standard 4wk/yr)

BE YOURSELF!

–Post interview
1. Thank you Card for program director and coordinator, possible chief resident
2. Thank you email to remaining faculty. However, it’s not overdone if
you send each attending a nice card
3. write down your evaluation about the program. A table/spreadsheet will help.

Practice, practice and practice.
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Dr. Eng’s advice to lady applicants:
“Skirt or pants is not important, just make sure clean and neat, clean neat
shoes, pantyhose. Dark brown, Navy Blue and Black are all appropriate.

Lanjing is correct, do not take off your jacket during the interview. If it
is too warm, usually the chair will say “you can take off your jacket” if
you like. Or follow the lead of others. Sweating profusely is not good
either, underarm deodorant is important if you are prone to sweating. Too
often my foreign medical graduates do not realize how important smelling
clean, having clean hair, neat nails etc. is. Body odor is definitely a
turn-off.”
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From Dr. Eng:

Ladies can sit with knees crossed, or feet together and down. But at
all times, knees together no matter what the position. Never sit like
a man.

Everybody should sit up, straight, and if they are short, towards the
edge of the seat to be able to keep their feet on the floor. Eyes
directly at the interviewer, nod from time to time, appear engaged.
No sweaty hands, no wimpy handshakes. Never just hand your hand to
the other limply. no gum.

arrive early, bring an extra set of paperwork in case anything is
missing from their package. smiling with teeth showing is nice.
confident, not cocky. Hair neat. Shirt tucked in, no white socks.

if wearing a skirt, always wear pantyhose. Shoes clean. Shirts
buttoned, no cleavage (one open button is ok)

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED (R) 2009
PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS PIECE OF COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE OWNER.

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