Things to be done and not to be done before , during and after interview
- Be Prepared
- Know the company/organization
- Make a list of strengths, achievements and recognitions received.
- Know who your audience will be
- Conduct research on the school, graduate program, and faculty before the interview
- Find a list of common interview questions.
- Practice is a must
- All the foreigners undergo ‘mock interview’ beforehand.
- Practice answering questions with friends, family, and graduate school advisors.
- Rehearse Answers.
- Expect the unexpected questions.
- Be ready to answer personal and thought- provoking questions.
- Have enough rest the night before.
DON’T DO THIS:
- Don’t forget to do research on the school, program and faculty
- Don’t forget to prepare and research answers
- Don’t reschedule the interview unless if it is extremely necessary.
The Day of the Interview:
- Be punctual : Arrive ten minutes early to allow yourself time to collect your thoughts. Take the opportunity to observe the work environment. Keep your eyes and ears open.
- Look neat, clean, and well groomed : Select proper clothing for the type of organization interviewing you. You may also want to check out some places like We Are Roar if you’re looking for proper clothing for your interview. If in doubt, be conservative. It is also advisable to keep fashion accessories to a minimum, to avoid wearing strong scents because many people have environmental allergies, and to turn off your cell phone.
- Bring copies of your resume (or CV), paper, and/ or presentations.
- Be yourself.
- Be honest
- Be confident.
- Be friendly.
- Be polite. Shake hands with the interviewer or anyone else you meet during your visit.
- Address the interviewer by their title and name (e.g. Dr. Smith).
- Make eye contact.
- Be respectful and courteous.
- Be alert and attentive.
- Remember to have an appropriate body posture. Body language can express a lot of different moods so make sure you look interested.
- Express your ideas and thoughts in a clear, intelligent, and straight forward manner.
- Demonstrate your interest in the school and program in a passionate and enthusiastic manner. Let the interviewer know that you are really interested in attending their school without stating it directly.
- Discuss your achievements.
- Discuss your goals (career and graduate school goals)
- Discuss flaws that exist on your academic record (without making excuses)
- Be consistent in your answers. (Additionally, make sure your answers on the application are consistent with your interview answers.)
- Ask intelligent questions. Knowledgeable and specific questions that show you have done your homework are a plus (e.g. questions about the school, program, or faculty)
- Ask for clarification if you don’t understand the questions.
- Sell yourself.
DON’T DO THIS:
- Be late
- Come unprepared.
- Be nervous or worry. Remember to relax
- Forget the interview’s name.
- Talk too much or too little.
- Interrupt the interviewer.
- Forget to smile.
- Lie or exaggerate about your accomplishments.
- Discuss negative information.
- Make excuses for weaknesses.
- Criticize yourself or other individuals.
- Try to be funny.
- Speak in slang.
- Take things personally.
- Become emotional.
- Act immature.
- Talk about controversial or ethical issues (unless asked to).
- Answer yes or no only or make your answers too general. Make sure you give descriptive and elaborate answers.
- Let your answers reflect what you think the interviewer wants to hear.
- Forget to thank the interviewer before you leave.
- Remember to send a thank you note/ letter or email after the interview
- Stay Optimistic
- Use each interview experience to prepare for future interviews.
DON’T DO THIS:
Forget to send a thank you note or letter to everyone you met.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) :
- Why do you want to be a doctor?
- What will you do if you aren’t accepted to medical school?
- What makes you special?
- What are your 2 best points (strengths)?
- What are your 2 weakest points?
- What do you think will be your greatest challenge in completing medical school or learning how to be a doctor?
- In your view, what is the most pressing problem facing medicine today?
- If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
- Have you been accepted anywhere?
- Tell me about yourself.
- What do you do in your spare time?
- Why would you be a good doctor?
- What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good doctor?
- What are your hobbies?
- Are you a leader or a follower? Why?
- Discuss your volunteer work.
- What do you think you will like most about medicine?
- What do you think you will like least about medicine?
- Expect questions concerning what you think about ethics and healthcare (e.g., abortion, cloning, euthanasia).
- Would you perform abortions as a doctor? Under what conditions?
- What are 3 things you want to change about yourself?
- How would you describe the relationship between science and medicine?
- Which family member has influenced your life so far and why?
- What are 3 things you want to change in health system of Nepal?
- Explain in 3 sentences “A doctor should be a leader as well”