When should I interview?
Interviews generally take place from November through January
although some start in October and other specialties end in February. As soon as you are offered an interview, sign up for it. Time slots fill up immediately, and you will have more options if you respond quickly. Some of the most competitive specialties will only give you one interview date, as they only allow for two to four interview days per season. Sometimes these dates will conflict with one another, and there may be nothing that you can do about it. Make sure that you apply to enough programs to account for the possibility that you may have to turn down some of these offers. As you accept early interviews, remember that you can always cancel them later if you are offered more than you can reasonably attend or receive invitations to programs that you have a greater interest in.
How can I prepare for my interviews?
Before you arrive at a program
, research it thoroughly and be familiar with its salient characteristics. Be prepared to ask questions about the residency, but avoid those that are answered on its website. You want to be prepared and present yourself as a serious applicant so they know you have done your homework about their program.
On the day of the interview
, remember to be neat and well groomed. Conservative dress (suits, dark blazers) is your safest bet. Always arrive early. Arriving with time to spare will allow you to find your way around the department, meet the other applicants, and get comfortable in your surroundings.
At the end of the day, make note of your impressions of the program. You may be positive that you will remember everything about it, but after ten to twelve interviews, they will all blur together.
Practice these common questions:
The following PDF contains a large selection of interview questions to practice as you prepare for your interview - click here