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I have a med school interview in a couple days and I just found out that my interviewer will be a med student. Is it ok to call my interviewer by their first name (in the interview and/or in a thank you letter)? They obviously don't go by Dr. yet and it seems silly to call them Mr./Ms. when they are most likely only a few years older than me.
 
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Usually they will tell you call me John or whatever because you're right, it is a little silly to call them Mr. If you lead on the formal side and then they're like oh pls dont call me Mr. I doubt you'll get dinged anywhere.
 
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I have a med school interview in a couple days and I just found out that my interviewer will be a med student. Is it ok to call my interviewer by their first name (in the interview and/or in a thank you letter)? They obviously don't go by Dr. yet and it seems silly to call them Mr./Ms. when they are most likely only a few years older than me.
Yes, first name in person is fine , if they introduce by first name. But in the thank you email still call Mr/Ms
 
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Yes, first name in person is fine , if they introduce by first name. But in the thank you email still call Mr/Ms

It is always correct to introduce yourself as [first name] [last name].
It is on you to call them Mr. [last name] or Ms. [last name] or Dr. [last name].

If they say, call me "Pat" then go with it but don't automatically go to the first name, particularly if the person is older.
 
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^ This. It is also never inappropriate to ask someone how they wish to be addressed.
 
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It is presumptuous to say, "May I call you Pat?" It would be better to say, "Nice to meet you, Mr. Murphy." and let Mr. Murphy say "please call me Pat."

I wouldn’t say that. If the person does not indicate what they would like to be called I would say “how do you prefer to be addressed?”
 

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while it's always good to be polite and play it safe as an interviewee, any med student who insists you refer to them as Mr./Ms./whatever during an interview is a pretentious asshat, imo. They'll be your future classmate, not supervisor.
 
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Thank you everyone! I'll refer to the interviewer as Mr./Ms. at first just to be safe and will call them by their first name if they correct me.
 
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