interviews

The Biggest Residency Interview Trail Mistake

The Biggest Residency Interview Trail Mistake

Marathons suck. The first few miles feel like a stampede, as the hordes of runners jostle for position. If you’re lucky, the next few miles go well, but by the end of the race, your body breaks down and the pain becomes intolerable.

Marathons also kick ass. You get to push yourself to your limits, see a city from a different point of view, and do something you will remember for the rest of your life.

The Best Questions to Ask at Your Medical School Interview

The Best Questions to Ask at Your Medical School Interview

By: Ryan Kelly

“You can make more friends in two months by being interested in them, than in two years by making them interested in you.”

In his famous book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie calls for an attitude adjustment, a shift in your perspective as a communicator. And we think you should heed his advice during your medical school interview, especially towards the end when you get to ask the interviewer questions.

6 Strategies to Make Your Interview Answers More Interesting

6 Strategies to Make Your Interview Answers More Interesting

By: Ryan Kelly

Pre-meds tend to have a lot of substance. They spend hundreds of hours helping patients in the hospital, countless more volunteering for good causes, and even devote themselves, unpaid, to developing research that benefits humanity. It takes character and drive to do these things, and we should appreciate how much good pre-meds do.

The Skinny on the CASPer: the Unfriendly Medical School Testing Ghost

The Skinny on the CASPer: the Unfriendly Medical School Testing Ghost

By: Ryan Kelly

You’ve just survived the MCAT, submitted your personal statement, and dutifully written your secondary essays, and now you realize you’ve got to take one more stupid, f’ing test.

We know that you’re cool under pressure and never feel stressed ;) but something unfamiliar like the CASPer can make anyone nervous. We’re here to help make sure you’re prepared.

10 Expert Tips for Dealing with Interview Anxiety

10 Expert Tips for Dealing with Interview Anxiety

By: Ryan Kelly

Death, taxes, and pre-interview anxiety. There are few certainties in life, but you can count on feeling butterflies in your stomach before and during your medical school interview. I suppose valium or other hard drugs might rid you of your anxiety, but then again, you have to respond coherently to the interviewer’s questions.

Even if you’re one of the rare pre-meds who isn’t fazed by interview anxiety (well la dee da!), you can go from a good interview to a great interview by using our tips below.  

5 Rhetorical Tricks for Answering “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?” in Medical School Interviews

5 Rhetorical Tricks for Answering “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?” in Medical School Interviews

By: Ryan Kelly

Your Achilles heel. Your hamartia. Your kryptonite. The fatal flaw, the chink in the armor, the tragic foible, the blemish on your otherwise impeccable character.

There are a lot of synonyms for your “weakness,” but not many good ways to discuss the topic during medical school interviews.

Even though “What’s your greatest weakness?” has become a cliche over time, it’s still frequently asked, and for good reason. In the case of medical schools, they want to gauge whether candidates have self-awareness and can openly discuss their potential areas of improvement.