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  • W. J. Higgins 1

    Interviewing

    William J. Higgins Department of Biology University of Maryland

  • W. J. Higgins 2

    The Interview

    What are the objectives?

  • W. J. Higgins 3

    Objectives

    • Make a positive first impression • Be

    – Prepared – Personable – Conversational – Knowledgeable – Interesting and interested – Yourself!

  • W. J. Higgins 4

    Preparing for the interview:

    Doing your homework!

  • W. J. Higgins 5

    Preparing:

    Program Web Site

  • W. J. Higgins 6

    Preparing:

    Who & what to remember

  • W. J. Higgins 7

    Preparing:

    Two lists of questions: •Programmatic

    •Personal

  • W. J. Higgins 8

    Preparing:

    Review what you wrote, i.e., your application & essays

  • W. J. Higgins 9

    Preparing:

    Become familiar with issues facing medical profession

  • W. J. Higgins 10

    Preparing:

    The Suit and Tie and Shoes

  • W. J. Higgins 11

    Preparing:

    Bring means of accessing other materials

  • W. J. Higgins 12

    Preparing:

    Emphasize your interest in the school with specifics!

  • W. J. Higgins 13

    Preparing:

    Grad School: close the deal!

  • W. J. Higgins 14

    Preparing:

    Potential interview questions? A reasonable partial list at:

    http://gradschool.about.com/cs/medicalinterview/a/medquest.htm

  • W. J. Higgins 15

    Preparing:

    Are you ready to address a ‘weakness’? How about discussing your strengths?

  • W. J. Higgins 16

    Interview Day

    Bring yourself! Nervous? Practice!

    Watch your hands and foot tapping (Don’t fidget!)

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    Interview Day

    Turn off your cell phone! No iPods while waiting!

  • W. J. Higgins 18

    Interview Day

    You are not expected to have all of the answers.

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    Interview Day

    Do not ramble!

  • W. J. Higgins 20

    Interview Day

    Personalize the interview conversation

  • W. J. Higgins 21

    Interview Day

    Personalize the Conversation: use names

  • W. J. Higgins 22

    Interview Day

    Smile! Practice the handshake & greeting

  • W. J. Higgins 23

    Interview Day

    Have Fun!Have Fun!