If you receive a request for an interview, congratulations. This means your application made it through the first round of review!
The interview is a chance for the program coordinators to meet you and decide if you’re a good fit for their program. This is how the selection committee will get to know you as a person and gain insight about how you might respond to the stresses and rigors of residency. Expect to answer questions about your education, motivations for becoming a doctor, career goals and clinical skills. Your answers, communication skills and self-confidence will be assessed, along with your potential fit among existing residents and staff.
If you are an IMG, the interviewer will also be interested in your fluency in English and your understanding of the U.S. residency training environment.
The interview is also your chance to learn as much about the program as possible to see if the program is a good fit for you. Find out as many details about the program as possible in advance of your interview, so you can ask any specific questions that you have—and compare programs against each other when you are done with the interview process.
It’s a good idea to bring some prepared questions so you don’t forget to ask them. This will ensure that you look prepared and interested to the interviewer. Having a set of questions in advance also helps give you critical information that you need to rank the program after the interview is complete.