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William J. Higgins Department of Biology University of Maryland
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What are the objectives?
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• Make a positive first impression • Be
– Prepared – Personable – Conversational – Knowledgeable – Interesting and interested – Yourself!
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Preparing for the interview:
Doing your homework!
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Program Web Site
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Who & what to remember
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Two lists of questions: •Programmatic
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Review what you wrote, i.e., your application & essays
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Become familiar with issues facing medical profession
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The Suit and Tie and Shoes
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Bring means of accessing other materials
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Emphasize your interest in the school with specifics!
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Grad School: close the deal!
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Potential interview questions? A reasonable partial list at:
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Are you ready to address a ‘weakness’? How about discussing your strengths?
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Bring yourself! Nervous? Practice!
Watch your hands and foot tapping (Don’t fidget!)
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Turn off your cell phone! No iPods while waiting!
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You are not expected to have all of the answers.
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Do not ramble!
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Personalize the interview conversation
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Personalize the Conversation: use names
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Smile! Practice the handshake & greeting
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Have Fun!Have Fun!