It's Interview Time for IM Residency -- Avoid Top 10 Mistakes

November, December and January are the busiest months of the year for the U.S. medical students and international medical graduates looking to secure a position in internal medicine residency.

LifeHack.org and QuintCareers list top 10 interview blunders - try to avoid them:

  1. Poor handshake
  2. Talking too much
  3. Talking negatively about current or past employers/managers
  4. Showing up late or too early
  5. Treating the receptionist rudely
  6. Asking about benefits, vacation time or salary
  7. Not preparing for the interview
  8. Verbal ticks
  9. Not enough/too much eye contact
  10. Failure to match communication styles

Most importantly -- don't try to be somebody else, just be yourself.

References:
10 Interview Bloopers. LifeHack.org.
Avoid These 10 Interview Bloopers. Deborah Walker.
Residency Interview Advice from Fat Doctor
Unsolicited Advice to Residency Applicants. Intueri, 2007.
Image source: Wikipedia, GNU Free Documentation License.

Related reading:
How the Match Works(’Cause everyone’s been asking, “So did you get a job?”). Over My Med Body, 02/2008.
Top 10 interview mistakes. CNN, 05/20008.

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