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Its even worse when you go to the OR and have to put a bunny suit on.....especially with a skirt.
Also, I don't know what to make of applicants who aggressively participate in morning report - isn't the point of this hour to see how the program functions rather than trying to impress?
What I like.. Some of the dinners with residents. Being well fed and getting a chance to get to know potential coworkers and the program in a informal setting.
I didn't like having to interview with candidates who did rotations there. Here I am from out of state doing my little tap dance while the other candidate is high-fiving the residents and talking about how hammered they all got 'the other night'.
The dinners are nice, especially when the residents are friendly and talk with the applicants instead of only the other residents or that school's med students. The dinners are also nice to meet applicants that you'll potentially see at future interviews.
One of the best ways a program could see the real candidates would be to put a few hidden cameras in the room they use as a candidate "stage" for interviews. Some of the applicants really relax and complain about things in this setting. I've heard them complain about things such as the food provided, the dislike of the PD/specific residents, the facilities. Who knows, maybe some have done this already. It would be very simple, and it would give the PD some true insight into applicant's personalities.
So I show up to the pre-interview dinner a few minutes early and the hostess leads me to the back room. There are two tables set up - one is completely full and the other empty. After sitting by myself for a few minutes, all the other applicants arrive and join me at the empty table. After some questioning amongst ourselves, we finally come to the conclusion that sitting at the full table are all residents and their spouses. We all ate separated for the duration of the evening. To make matters worse, this dinner happened to be held at a brewery. We, the applicants, were happily trying out the restaurant's featured microbrews. At the end of dinner we each got to pick up our own tabs for the beer. Why invite applicants to a brewery if you aren't going to pay for the beer?? A little "heads up" would have been nice prior to throwing back those $6 pints. Its hard to convey that info though if you aren't even sitting at the same table.
Why does every program ask?: where do you see yourself after residency?.
Are they trying to see if you will stay in their state or if you will stay in academic medicine and want to do a fellowship?.. what do they want to gather from this question?. It has been asked at all my interviews.
Interviewers who abuse the "do you have any questions for me?" gig.
That one made me feel a bit resentful--like all of your (my) hard work was in vain. They could at least start by saying, "I see that you... [fill in the blank]", to generate small talk. At least that would let you know they are truly interested and not just shooting the ...Definitely! I have had up to 30 minutes of me asking the interviewer questions. One program director commented that they read my application and knew that they really wanted me at their program so they were going to just allow me to ask them questions because they had their mind made up that they wanted me. SO ANNOYING! I mean seriously, YOU are supposed to be interviewing ME. It's not fair for me to waste my money or time to have an interviewer only ask me one question.