Hello SOTGC community!
Prepping for interviews can often be a daunting task, and it is sometimes hard to know where to even start when beginning to prepare. I’ve experienced this first hand, as of late, as I recently embarked on a cross-country journey to interview for various medical residency programs across Canada. Over the course of prepping for these interviews, I discovered some great ways that definitely allowed me to feel better prepared and more confident when entering the interview room.
Here are important questions that I always asked myself when preparing for my interviews … I hope these questions serve as effective starting points for your own interview preparation! Enjoy!
What is the significance of each entry on my curriculum vitae?
While prepping for my interviews, I found it extremely useful to go through my CV and identify the lessons learned and results of each experience. Was it an experience that challenged my leadership style? Was I able to develop my role as an advocate for something I am passionate about? Did I have the opportunity to learn a new transferable skill or a great approach to conflict resolution? This mental exercise allows you to build a reservoir of strong and rich examples to use when asked for specific examples of skills you have developed and scenarios you have encountered.
What do I think about, or how do I feel about “XYZ”?
Depending on the type of interview you are attending, you may be expected to be in tune with current events or world affairs as they relate to your area of work. For example, in my case, it was important to be knowledgeable about current events in the world of medicine and pediatrics. In light of this, it is important to ask yourself what you think about and how you feel about relevant current issues. Be able to form an opinion and discuss your perspective on things. This allows you to come across as the insightful and well-rounded individual that you are!
What do I want the interviewers to know about me?
By nature of the finite amount of time that you have with the interviewer on the big day, it is impossible to explore all your experiences and cover your entire CV. For this reason, it is important to think about which key points about yourself you would like to be able to share with the interviewer during the allotted time. Going through the mental exercise of deciphering through your experiences and your skill set to determine which are most important will allow for a more concise approach on the day of the interview in terms of ensuring that you incorporate your most valued experiences into your responses.
What makes me different?
Ask yourself, what experiences speak volumes about who you are? What makes you unique and will allow you to stand out compared to other interviewees? What is that special thing about you that will leave a lasting and unforgettable impression? Explore these questions in order to present yourself as the unique person you truly are and set yourself apart for the right reasons!
My dearest SOTGC community, by asking yourself these questions, I hope you feel more prepared for and confident about your upcoming interview. If this post resonated with you, share it with your friends, family and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter! I’d also love to hear from you about how you approach interview preparation! Share your ideas in the comment section below! Finally, all the very best in every interview that you face!