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I need help w/ the Interview Process

Discussion in 'Clinicians [ RN / NP / PA ]' started by Pursuing MD, Jul 27, 2002.

  1. Pursuing MD

    Pursuing MD Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Hello all,

    I have an interview next week at CCPM podiatry school in Oakland, CA. Is there any advice that you guys can offer me? Should I know certain facts/data for the interview? Are there certain questions that interviewers like to ask? Any useful websites to visit.

    Any help would be great. Thanks!
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  3. efs

    efs SDN Advisor SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Be yourself. Relax. Think about your answer before responding. Etc. All the same things you would do for any interview.

    In addition, you might think about how you will respond to questions about why you want to enter podiatry. What sort of experience or background you might have with it. What you expect to be doing in 5-10 years. So on. Nothing complicated.

    Might get more/better information from CCPM students.
  4. thesaurus1

    thesaurus1 Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 14, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    If this is your first interview, good luck.

    Actually, CCPM does 3 docs on however many students there are at once. So, of all interviews, this is the LEAST pressured. So it's a great one to start with. By your second interview at where ever else you go, you'll be much more relaxed. I kind of like to think of it as baptism by fire. There is only so much we can suggest to do or say or be or sound like. Just be yourself, DON'T LIE, and answer the few questions that there will be in a relaxed state.

    When I interviewed there, there was 7 students plus myself. This was my 4th interview and I was definitely the calmest of all the prospective students. But I already had 3 other school interviews under my belt. I knew what to ask and what to say. A great way to learn what to ask is by listening to others and by listening to the students that will tour you around. Normally, they have the same students tour all the prospects, so they know what you are going to ask. When there is a lull in the conversation, they'll pipe up with something that they were asked recently or that they wished they would have asked when they were interviewing.

    But as Eric said, the best advice is to pretend that you are going on a job interview. Dress very professionally, speak clearly, and try to encourage the interviewers interest in you as a person, not as Joe SixPack with MCATs and GPAs. You want to reinforce their decision to invite you for an interview. Make them remember you in a positive way. Besides, CCPM lets all their interviewees know if they have been accepted that same day. No sweat dude!
  5. Steve999

    Steve999 Junior Member

    Aug 6, 2002
    The school won't reject anyone. The simply cannot afford to. So just show up for the interview and you will get in. But, if you are accepted to any other schools I would not go to their school.
  6. ItsGavinC

    ItsGavinC Dentist Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    Save yourself the hassle: don't show up and you'll probably still get in (if you're interested). Just remember: they need your cash and you have it.
  7. Jimmyjones

    Jimmyjones New Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Well said. They need you more than you need them. You could even make them a deal and end up paying a lot less in tuition.


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