Stand Out During an Interview

Thursday, November 14, 2019

This month’s tip is on how to stand out during an interview. Asking questions is one of the most important things you can do during an interview.

Some may argue that your questions are just as important, if not more important, than your responses to interviewers’ questions.

Your questions during an interview serve two purposes:

  • They signal your interest in and commitment to the position and the employer/residency program. By asking thoughtful questions, you are demonstrating that you have taken the time to prepare for the interview which can distinguish you from other candidates.
  • They help you make an informed decision as to whether the position is a good fit with your goals, interests, and values.

Here are sample questions:

  • Through researching your program, I see that residents have an opportunity to teach medical students. Can you tell me more about these responsibilities, and if residents obtain formal training?
  • How is the performance of residents/employees evaluated?
  • What do you enjoy most about working here?
  • What are some changes you anticipate occurring here in the next year?

Although it is important to ask questions during the interview, there are certain questions you should never ask.

Never raise questions during the interview that are related to salary or benefits. Those questions can wait until after you receive an offer.

In addition, do not ask questions that can be easily found on the website of the employer/residency program because it may reflect a lack of preparation and interest in the role.

Want more information on interviewing? Here are interview resources for residency and employment. You can also make an appointment with OCPD.

If you are currently interviewing, best of luck on the interview trail!