Tag: interviews

How to Include and Talk About Extracurricular Activities

I am a strong proponent of including extracurricular activities in applications and during interviews.  Every now and then, I will discover an activity someone does during an interview that wasn’t on their application.  I was in a student interview recently where it came out that the student was on the national gymnastics team, but this

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How to chit-chat during interviews

Most interviews involve at least some time outside of a ‘formal interview’ setting.  For vet school, this may be during a campus tour or a lunch.  For internships and residencies, this may be during the hospital tour or as you are getting set for the formal part.  Some programs may have a lunch period for

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Eating Healthy on Interviews

Interviewing for a faculty position is exciting.  You’re investigating an institution for where you may want to work, and they are investigating you.  Interviews are also a recruiting tool- the institutions want you to come there, so they wine and dine you.  Most faculty interviews will have at least one lunch and one dinner, and

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How Do I Handle Tattoos/Dyed Hair/Facial Piercings at an Interview?

A friend of mine, who is a vet student, asked my opinion about dyeing her hair and getting a tattoo, particularly as she is interested in an internship and residency.  I told her it would be better to dye her hair during pre-clinical years if she had to and let it be natural once she

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How to Interview Potential Research Mentors

I know what you’re thinking, “Mentors interview ME, not the other way around!”  Well I have something important to tell you: all interviews are two-way streets.  You need to show yourself off AND make sure that your potential mentor would be a good fit for you.  I believe most students ‘fail’ in their research projects

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Navigating Interview Lunches and Dinners

When going to an interview, often there will be a period where you go to lunch and/or dinner with people at the institution.  Sharing a meal is a powerful point of connection for people, so this is often an important component of the interview. Unfortunately, it adds another layer of social dynamics which have to

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Why Reading this Blog is not Cheating

I was interviewing at a university recently and someone brought up the study we did looking at internship letters of intent.  They said, “Aren’t you just telling them how to write a good letter? Won’t it be formulaic? There won’t be any difference between candidates.  They can just read the study and ape what others

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