THE RESIDENCY INTERVIEW IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN THE RESIDENCY MATCH PROCESS. BE PREPARED. BE CONFIDENT.
PRACTICE WITH THE MOST EXPERIENCED AND ESTABLISHED MEDICAL EDUCATORS IN THE INDUSTRY.
We here at USMCP have an inside understanding of the different styles of interviews and the answers that residency admissions committees are seeking. USMCP helps applicants formulate answers to difficult questions including those about flaws in the application. We will tell applicants what to expect on interview day, the best time in the process to interview and will coach applicants about proper interview etiquette. We provide applicants with personalized feedback after mock interviews.
The keys to our approach are customization, practice, and feedback.
- Customization — We never take a cookie-cutter approach to coaching. We work with you to analyze how exactly your qualifications fit with your programs of choice.We identify your strengths so we can teach you how to play them up. We also look for weaknesses and potential areas of concern so that we can help you reframe them.
- Practice — To interview well, focused practice is critical. Strangely enough, few candidates bother to invest enough time. We will put you through your paces with all of the common residency interview questions — especially the toughest ones.You can make your mistakes in our conference room and walk into the real interview feeling confident and prepared.
- Feedback — After our first practice interview, we will give you personalized feedback on your interviewing approach and coach you on areas that need improvement (this could mean minor tweaks to “sell” yourself better or major changes in your approach).We work with you to customize answers that present you in the best possible way — answers that are authentic and unique to you. Then we practice with you some more until you feel confident and prepared (but not over-rehearsed).
USMCP will provide an assessment of your interviewing approach and presentation (including the answers themselves as well as body language, eye contact, vocal quality, and general physical presence) and identify areas to work on.
The rest of the session will work towards strengthening your answers and presentation style. USMCP will work with you to create compelling stories to address behavioral questions (Tell me about a time…).
We will also challenge you to draw out the best possible answers to critical questions and sell yourself effectively.
We will then assign homework — asking you to continue building on the work done in the session so that you’ll be ready to deliver your new and improved answers.
In the second session, you will discuss the assignments and work with your interview coach on any remaining issues.
The majority of the session will be spent on practice interviewing. You will have the opportunity to practice your new answers and get objective feedback on how they’re working for you.
We will also assist you identify additional questions and/or topics to think about — then walk you through preparing and practicing answers.