Residency

Heard this week: Residency interviewers ask the wrong questions

Residency Program Insider, March 14, 2014

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Don’t be shocked if off-color interview questions turn off candidates for your residency program.

Aisling Clancy, MD, MSc, wrote that she wasn’t surprising to read recent research in Academic Medicine that indicated inappropriate interview questions caused applicants to rank residency programs lower. Clancy, a third-year resident at Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa in Canada, said she had been asked inappropriate questions while she was interviewing for training, including how she planned to rank other programs.
 
“Not only are programs potentially hurting their chances of obtaining highly qualified candidates, but interviewers may obtain false information by asking illegal questions,” she wrote. “This only further perpetuates the distrust between programs and candidates in the match process, which has been well described in the literature.”
 
Clancy endorsed the author’s suggestion that residency programs train interviewers to avoid inappropriate questions.

 



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