The interview preparation is the most important step of the residency application. It is the tiebreaker for most applicants. Therefore, it is important to be well prepared for the interview and be ready to answer all the questions correctly with confidence. Preparation is key, although overconfidence can be detrimental.

Some programs may offer a pre-interview dinner. Although the programs say that residents do not have a say in the ranking of the applicant, some program directors may ask the residents about the overall impression of the applicant prior to ranking.


Pre-Interview

Some programs may offer a pre-interview dinner. Although the program would say that residents do not have a say in the ranking of the applicant but some program directors may go ahead and ask the residents about the overall impression of the applicant prior to ranking.


The Interview

The interviews are casual and most questions are non-medical. How you answer them, your body language, and your confidence will convey if you best fit in the program. It is important to be professional yet casual.

This is where it is important to seek guidance on what is right and wrong. The most common questions and how to politely decline are extremely important.

You should expect to have three or four different interviews with different attendings, program directors, and/or a senior resident.


Post-Interview

Some programs may decline to receive Thank You cards while some may readily accept it.