Pre-interview jitters

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  1. Dr. Will

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    Does anyone have any suggestions as far as relaxing and overcoming your nervousness prior to an interview? I'm looking for suggestions for the day of the interview and the days leading up to them. My first interview is about two weeks from now. It's later than I would have wanted for my first one. No matter how much I prepare and how much I read about possible question topics, I can't help but feel under prepared. I tend to think this is because of my jitters.

    Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks all.
     
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  3. vyc

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    just go in feeling completely CONFIDENT about yourself. you are the best expert on your accomplishments. there's no need to be nervous.
    be yourself.
    try to see the interview as a conversation.

    good luck!!!
     
  4. DarksideAllstar

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    There is something that you can do to relieve stress/nervousness in all situations. Its called masturbation. While I don't recommend this when staying with a student host, if you find yourself at a hotel go for it. It is the best sure fire stress reliever, and it helps you get to sleep at night.
    Good luck. :D
     
  5. Coalboy

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    It also would not be a good idea to try this form of "stress relief" while sitting in the waiting room before your interview.
     
  6. DarksideAllstar

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    Come on man, think out of the box. You do it BEFORE you leave for your interview.
     
  7. Coalboy

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    I know, I know, but what if the jitters come back while you're sitting there, waiting for your interview? :)
     
  8. SMW

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    Well before the interview: Go to <a href="http://essayedge.com/medical/admissions/interview.shtml" target="_blank">Essay Edge's medical interview prep site.</a> They have the best strategies for preparing for an interview I've seen. And check out, if you haven't already, U. of Washington's <a href="http://eduserv.hscer.washington.edu/bioethics/topics/index.html" target="_blank">Bio Ethics website</a>. And, of course, interviewfeedback.com.

    On the plane, train, or bus: read a good book or listen to music you really like. Try to get there early enough that you're not stressed from being over-tired or jet lagged.

    Night before the interview: if you stay with a student host (which I highly recommend) and you can get them to go out for dinner or a drink, especially with other students, that's usually really fun and stress relieving. Just before bed, read over your secondary (to remind yourself of what you wanted them to know about you) and the MSAR description of their program (to remind you of why you applied there).

    During the interview: Pretend the interviewer is someone you know really well (think of a particular person that you like to talk to) and pretend you're having a friendly conversation with that person.

    You can do it!! Everyone is underprepared -- you can't possibly have the answers to some of the questions they're going to ask -- if premeds had the answers, the problems would all be solved!!! Just think before you speak, give your opinion, which you're entitled to, and stick with it. And most of the questions won't even be hard. Tell me about yourself, your family, your brothers and sisters, etc. Good luck, just be yourself, and remember they asked you there. They're predisposed to like you!! :D
     
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    There's always stalls in the restrooms guys. Rub one out right before you go into your interview.

    Or, if you prefer hairless palms, try some B-vitamins. I do a bit of meditation the morning of, but that's my own bag.
     
  10. Dr. Will

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    Thanks for all the helpful suggestions, except for the ones that would most likely get me a rejection before I had the chance to say good morning. But if it helped the rest of you out, more power to you!
     
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    Lots of these suggestions are good.
    I have one too--Don't forget to be yourself. You are a good person it will come through in your interview!! Good luck.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by UCSFreak:
    <strong>There is something that you can do to relieve stress/nervousness in all situations. Its called masturbation. While I don't recommend this when staying with a student host, if you find yourself at a hotel go for it. It is the best sure fire stress reliever, and it helps you get to sleep at night.
    Good luck. :D </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">You guys are too crazy!!!!! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
  13. Dr. Will

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    SMW,

    Thanks for the websites you recomended. They are extremely helpful.
     
  14. SMW

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    Dr. Will, glad you found them helpful.. After a dozen interviews, I feel like a professional interviewee! :D And I'm very much looking forward to retirement!! :D <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> :D
     
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    Dr Will, today I had my 2nd interview, although my 1st was 3 months ago, so this felt like my first all over again. I found on both occasions I was not nervous at all DURING the actual interview--kinda like when you get nervous before test, but during you beocme focused. On the other hand, I was very nervous directly before the interview. The best way to deal with this is to talk to the applicants around you. I didn't do that so much today because I was one of the last ones to arrive (although gracias a dios I wasn't late), and the students were just sitting around being nervous and untalkative (kind of overwhelming to strike up a convo in that situation). At the end of the day we were all talking and everything was better--so I say when you get there, be friendly and talk to people, since they feel just like you, they'll be nice :) It it'll make you feel better too to unwind a little before your intevriew.

    Good luck!

    one more thing, the night b4, I sit on a chair in front of a mirror and ask myself questions out loud and answer them--dont practice too much since you don't wnat to sound rehearsed, but you should practice at least once OUT LOUD. The best thing i did was go to interviewfeedback and check the lil box that enables the most difficult/interesting questions to appear with the list of questionares. I printed out just the questions that were commonly asked at the particular school, and practiced THOSE. Turns out I was ready for the exact questions I was aked today :)

    so good luck! i'm sure you'll do great!
     
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  17. brandonite

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    Are you retired yet, SMW? Or do you have a couple more to go?? :D It's always sad to see one of the greats move on to bigger and better things... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    I think that preparation is the only real way to get rid of the jitters. Just go over any questions you think they might ask you, and go over your answers. If possible, say them out loud. And remember, just try to be relaxed! Usually that's something that interviewers like to see. If you're prepared, as long as you don't get any African geography questions ( :( :( ), then you should be able to handle anything they throw at you!

    Good luck!
     
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    Dr. Will,
    I completely agree with Doctora Foxy. The best thing that you can do the day of the interview is to rap with the other applicants. I've had six interviews so far and at each one, I've met some really cool people who were just as nervous as me, but who were great about sharing their experiences at other schools and with the application process. Some of the other things I do are to check Sportscenter the night before to get pumped up. It always makes me feel good to see Vince Carter throw one down on some weak center. Oh, and try listening to some music before you leave for the school on the morning of the interview. A little 2pac "Me Against the World" always makes me walk into the interview room with confidence. peace
     
  19. Dr. Will

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    I want to say thanks again to all those who posted some suggestions. I'm sure they will help.
     
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    LOL--mets I agree about the music. This morning, the only radio station I could get in D.C. was the Oldies station--but I was singing to every song and it put me in a good mood (I think the people in the hotel thought I was crazy). <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by brandonite:
    <strong>Are you retired yet, SMW? Or do you have a couple more to go?? :D It's always sad to see one of the greats move on to bigger and better things... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">No, 12 down, 1 to go!! Although I am still "on hold" at 1 school, and haven't heard from 2 others. At this point, I think I'll just say sc**w 'em!!! :D
     
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    SMW (aka Dios del SDN):

    So which one is left, Tufts? How was Mt Sinai?
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by SMW:
    <strong>No, 12 down, 1 to go!! Although I am still "on hold" at 1 school, and haven't heard from 2 others. At this point, I think I'll just say sc**w 'em!!!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">The real question now is how many Alaska Airlines frequent flyer miles do you have? You better get a free ticket to Acapulco after all this...
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by mpp:
    <strong> </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by SMW:
    <strong>No, 12 down, 1 to go!! Although I am still "on hold" at 1 school, and haven't heard from 2 others. At this point, I think I'll just say sc**w 'em!!!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">The real question now is how many Alaska Airlines frequent flyer miles do you have? You better get a free ticket to Acapulco after all this...</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I did!!! :D <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Doctora Foxy:
    <strong>SMW (aka Dios del SDN):

    So which one is left, Tufts? How was Mt Sinai?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Yes, it is Tufts. Mt. Sinai was great. Very impressive, Dra. Foxy. I can barely keeep track of my own interviews!! Good luck with your string of 'em!!! :cool: <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> :cool: <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
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    Dr. Will,

    Okay, I know that people are going to say I'm crazy, but I maintained this attitude for every one of my interviews, and each time it worked wonderfully. . .

    If you can, try to view the interview as a "fun experience." If you focus on the importance of the interview, in terms of "Oh my God, I've worked so hard, this is what determines everything. . . what if I screw up?!" you'll overanalyze everything that you say and will come across stilted and unconfident. In addition, you'll just have an awful time!

    I prepared the night before, as all here have said. . . it's a good idea to read through the information on the school, and to read interviewfeedback.com. Look through your application materials again, find any weak spots, think of questions that you'll probably encounter. Take a look at the news, if you don't regularly, and make sure you know the lastest. One thing that I always did, as well, was to write down at least three questions about the school that I wanted to ask the interviewers. Yes, of course, I wanted DESPERATELY to get accepted ANYWHERE, but when I wrote out questions and decided to view it as, "Okay, this is not just about them analyzing me, it's also my chance to evaluate the school and decide if I would be happy there," a lot of the pressure lifted from my shoulders!

    I'd highly recommended what Dra Foxy suggests...when you arrive at the interview site, put on a happy face and chat with those around you! Ask where people are from, what they're studying, etc. It might also help to come early, check out where you have to go, and then LEAVE for a while. .. go sit in a bagel shop w/ a cup of tea or cocoa and chill out, or take a stroll around campus.

    If you try to view the day as an opportunity to meet some new people, to learn about a new place, and to have potentially enlightening conversations with doctors, a lot of your stress might dwindle. This comes from my own personal experience, however, so others may vehemently disagree. But personally, once I'd decided not to worry about them, I found interviews exciting! An interview is an interesting way to learn about a new environment, and about new people.

    The more calm and relaxed you are during the interview, the more clearly and confidently you will speak. Questions were thrown at me to which I didn't have an immediate answer. . . but because I was comfortable, I didn't have any trouble thinking for a moment and deciding upon a feasible and genuine response. If I'd been sweating bullets, I know that circumstances would have been otherwise!

    Best of luck to you, Dr. Will. Just go in there, be yourself. . . and show 'em how to shine! :)
     
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    for those of looking considering UCSFreak's advice, keep this in mind:

    <a href="http://sarijoul.dyndns.org/prize.html" target="_blank">http://sarijoul.dyndns.org/prize.html</a>
     
  27. pwrpfgrl

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by ssd:
    <strong>for those of looking considering UCSFreak's advice, keep this in mind:

    <a href="http://sarijoul.dyndns.org/prize.html" target="_blank">http://sarijoul.dyndns.org/prize.html</a></strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Ha!!
    That's really funny!!!
    <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
  28. Dr. Will

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    I got to admit, that was pretty funny! Thanks for all the help.
     
  29. Doctora Foxy

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    hehe guess you guys don't regularly visit the lounge----killing kittens is old news there. In the lounge we have already developed a vaccine for the "killing kitten disease".
     
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    I've seen those "killing kitten" posts for a while, but I never bothered to see what it was all about. Now it all seems clear to me.
     

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