Tis' the interview season, and I thought I would share some obvious (or not) things that I have heard said, or seen done that will drop your rank like a sack of hammers. 1) Do NOT claim you are the best at anything. " I'm pretty much the best golfer in Kansas" "At my home institution I am known as the 'A-line King', you know, cuz I'm the best at em" 2. Do NOT make yourself too comfortable Applicant puts on the white coat and sits in the chair of a prominent staff member and proclaims when the interviewer arrives "Yeah, this is where I see my self in a couple of years". 3. Show some interest (personal story) I was so unimpressed with one program that I ducked out during the tour, got to my car, and sped out of town at 10AM without interviewing. 4. Be careful what you say to other applicants since you will probably see them again along the way Me: "Hey I saw you at XXXXX program. Could you believe that guy who wore tennis shoes with his suit and asked (insert dumb question here)." That guy: "Um, I think I asked that question" Me (looking down now): "oh, um...nice tennis shoes" Good luck, have fun. It's only 4 years of your life.