Interviewers are looking for applicants with good oral communication
skills. You will, after all, spend the majority of your professional
life communicating with patients. You can develop interview skills that
set you apart from the competition. Remember that preparation is the
key to a successful interview. Good luck!
Basic Preparation for the Interview:
Familiarize yourself with school, its programs and facilities.
Use catalogs, interview reports, and tapes to research the school.
Visit the campus if possible. Call the school and speak with students,
faculty, departmental secretaries, and schools alumni, ect. It will
also be helpful to know who is interviewing you.
Do practice interviews with applicants, advisors, professors, or
practicing health professionals.
Be familiar with current issues in your field of interest. Be prepared
to discuss you positive qualities.
Think of questions that you want to ask of the interviewer. A set
of good questions will reflect positively on you.
Basics of Interviewing:
Be certain of the date, time and place of the interview. Confirm
in writing with the school, especially if out-of-state travel is
Arrive early to the interview
Carry a pen and a notepad to make note of any references given
during your visit Listen carefully for the interviewer's name and
on occasion, address the interviewer
Wait for the interviewer to shake hands
Wait for the interviewer(s) to invite you to be seated or to seat
himself/herself before you are seated.
A polite note of "Thank-you" sent to the school care of the interviewer
is a professional touch that will help your name and application
and interview be remembered.