Non-verbal Communication

During your interview, non-verbal communication is just as important as verbal communication.  It’s imperative that you sit up straight, wear a properly fitting suit or business skirt, and are well groomed.  This may seem intuitive, but we have seen many people come into interviews with unkempt or frizzy hair, unshaven face, loose tie, stained suit, or scuffed shoes.  Take the extra time and spend a little money having your clothes dry cleaned and ironed before the interview.  Wake up just a little bit earlier and make sure you are the best version of you possible.  Remember, they only get one chance to evaluate you in person.  Let’s make sure you leave an unforgettable impression.

Letters of Recommendation

Be cautious of whom you ask for a letter of recommendation.  The most important part of the recommendation is how the writer speaks of you.  Usually the best person to ask is someone you have a good rapport with on a day to day basis.  Although big names look great on letters, it is much less valuable if the writer can only speak about you in generalities and regurgitates your CV. If you have the opportunity to work with a well known physician, it is in your best interest to make yourself available to him or her for an extended period of time.

Personal Statement

Personal statements are meant to be personal.  Before you start writing, sit down and think about what you are passionate about. The essay doesn’t necessarily have to begin with medicine, but it should include a topic you can expand on in the interview, and then ties into why you want to pursue your desired residency. Skiing–>body mechanics–>injury–>Orthopedics. Environmentalist–>plastics/carcinogens–>cancer–>Oncology. Acting–>different characters–>human interactions–>Psychiatry. Traveling–>spread of disease–>Infectious disease.