Guidelines for Interviewing

 

The interview allows you to assess your compatibility with the school and to ask any questions that you may have. It also provides an opportunity to discuss any item or concern that you may have not been able to address in your application.

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Different types of interviews:

  • One-on-one Interview – One applicant, One interviewer
    • Open-file Interview (interviewer has full/partial access to your application information)
    • Closed-file Interview (interviewer has no prior information about the applicant)
  • Group Interview – Multiple applicants, One or more interviewer
  • Panel Interview – One applicant, Multiple interviewers
  • Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) – Multiple applicants, Multiple interviewers (Click here for a list of schools that conduct MMIs)

Some schools will choose to give an open-file interview in order to speed up the process and have the interviewer start with a basic background of the applicant. Some schools give closed-file interviews to prevent personal bias based on GPA and test scores.

Before the interview/Interview preparation:

  • Know why you want to be your chosen health occupation
    • Have a specific experience or set of experiences to talk about that made you want to pursue the chosen path
  • Research the school/program
    • Know the school’s mission and vision
    • Be able to answer how you fit the school and how it fits you
  • Come up with questions to ask the school
    • Use the interview as an opportunity to interview the school
  • Visit the campus and find the interview location
  • Think about what you are going to say
    • Be ready to answer any questions the admissions committee may have about your application (e.g. low GPA or entrance exam score)
    • Be ready for scenario based questions, as it is a way for interviewers to learn more about you, your ethics, decision-making style, critical thinking skills and motivation level
  • Plan ahead for transportation, room and board, parking, etc.
  • Do practice interviews! Mock interviews are offered by PAC and the Career Center by appointment
    • Make sure your answers sound genuine, not rehearsed
    • It is not a negative reflection on the interviewee if they have to stop and think for a minute about an answer to a question before they start talking
  • Plan an appropriate outfit

interview attire

Dress comfortably and conservatively. If wearing a suit, do not take off the jacket during the interview. Refrain from wearing jewelry/piercings and cover up any tattoos. Maintain proper personal hygiene (e.g. males should be clean shaven).  Do not wear any strong perfume/cologne as the smell may be distracting. You should dress as formally as all of the other interviewees.

Remember: You want to be remembered for what you said, not what you wore.

(Note: All costs incurred while interviewing are at your own expense.)

 

Day of the interview:

  • Arrive early, but not too early. (ex. If the interview is at 10am do not show up at 8am)
  • An arrival time 30min prior to the scheduled start time would be fine.
  • Politely greet the receptionist
  • Relax, do not stress out

 

After the interview:

  • Send handwritten thank you cards to your interviewers!
  • If applicable, send them any follow up items that they may have asked for (i.e. résumé)

 

Tips:

  • During group interviews, avoid trying to answer the same questions that same way as everyone else
    • Even if everyone has taken your response come up with a unique answer or add something extra
  • Each interaction counts! Take care that your phone message prompt (should they call and leave you a message), email address, and phone & email etiquette are professional
  • Keep your social media profiles professional (in case interviewers decide to “google” you)
  • Do not bring large bulky bags or purses to the interview, if anything just bring a pad folio

For field and school-specific interview information click here.

 

Contact the Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center if you have any questions or concerns that come up along the way!