Interviewing residency program applicants

Residency Program Insider, January 15, 2020

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There are two major residency candidate interviewing methodologies. Most programs use the open method in which interviewers receive the application documents in advance and have the opportunity to read them ahead of time. The advantage of this approach is that the interviewer knows what is in the candidate’s file, and each interviewer can focus on one portion of the application during the interview. Background information does not need to be established before the interview process actually begins. The disadvantage is that the interviewer is likely to be looking at or through the file, and not making eye contact with the candidate during the process.

The second method is the blind interview process, in which the interviewer receives only the name, medical school, and personal statement of the candidate before the interview. The advantage of this method is that it allows for eye contact between the interviewer and the candidate and creates a more conversational tone. Establishing rapport is easier because there is no paper to look at, and the candidate can make sure that the interviewer knows what the candidate speaks about is important or meaningful to them. The disadvantage is that to establish background, each interviewer may ask the same questions before engaging in the conversation. Also, unless the candidate speaks to some of the information that is in his or her file, the interviewer would not know to pursue a topic of interest.

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