How to Ace Your Residency Interviews
Editor's Note: Our friend Alex Barker has a new course called Interview Mastery. He's been kind enough to offer the first 100 tl;dr pharmacy readers who purchase the course a $25 discount. Just enter the code TLDRSTUDENTS at checkout to apply the discount.
There are few things more exhausting and grueling than a pharmacy residency interview (except, of course, soccer).
It's an achievement to even get offered an interview. In some of the more competitive programs you might be competing against 80 - 120 other applicants for maybe a dozen or so interview spots.
But once you've been invited, the interview is literally all that's left standing between you and a residency.
Think about that for a second. You've made the first cut. Your CV, cover letter, and letters of recommendation went to work for you. Your application stood out among the sea of other applicants. Congratulate yourself! Your hard work has started to pay off!
Seriously. Go ahead and celebrate. Do a happy dance. Grab a drink. Have some ice cream. Do all 3 of those things if you want. Do whatever it is that you do to reward success.
I'll wait here until you're done.
You finished? Good. Because now it's time to get back to work.
You made it to the second round, but if you take your foot off the gas now you're going to get passed over by another candidate that put the work in.
And unfortunately, the road ahead is even more difficult than the one you just got through.
See, every residency candidate is good "on paper." You've got the proper boxes checked on your checklist. You've got the GPA, the research experience, the leadership, and the internship. Being good on paper is what got you invited to the interview in the first place.
But if I'm a residency director, WHY am I going to pick you out of the 14 other people I'm interviewing this month?
The answer is simple. You have to WOW me during your interview.
If I'm an RPD, your interview is the last and final piece I need to determine if you're the right fit for my program.
And if you come across as unprepared or awkward or even a tiny bit "not right for us," then you just lost your shot. I'm going to pick someone else.
But how do you prepare yourself for that?
Interviews are nerve-wracking experiences. There are a million things to think about when you're getting ready for one...
- What questions am I going to have to answer?
- What questions should I ask?
- What do I wear to the interview?
- What are the qualities this program is looking for?
- What kind of "scenario" questions will be asked?
- How do I avoid sounding fake?
- What should I do if I get asked a question that makes me uncomfortable?
- How can I stand out amongst a hundred other candidates?
- Is there anything I can’t talk about?
- When should I show up?
- Do I need to write thank you letters after the interview is over? Can't I just email them?
It's enough to make your head spin.
For the past couple of months, our friend Alex Barker has been making a compilation of products that I wish existed when I was applying for residency.
He created Cover Letter Mastery, which taught you how to make your cover letter bulletproof.
And now he's created Interview Mastery, a step-by-step guide to acing your residency interviews.
Note: This is not to be confused with the tl;dr pharmacy cheat sheet Interview Mastery. Our cheat sheet is a collection the most common interview questions and (more importantly) how to answer them. Alex's course is a much more in depth step-by-step process to prepare for and succeed in any job interview. For the record (and because I like to tease Alex), our product existed first :p
It may not feel like it, but being awesome at job interviews is a learnable skill. You can practice it. You can get better at it.
Interview Mastery will systematically teach you how to eliminate the anxiety you feel during the interview. It will teach you how to answer any question that an interviewer may ask you.
And it will teach you how to leave the program with a good impression of you (including the oh-so-important detail of following up AFTER the interview).
I have personally been through Interview Mastery, and I can tell you it is a steal for the $97 Alex is selling it for. The lessons you learn in this course will benefit you for your entire professional life.
Spending $97 to help ensure you end up in the career you want seems like a no-brainer.
But, I get it. You're a student, and the budget is TIGHT during interview season.
Well, I have good news for you.
Through my powers of incessant nagging, I was able to get Alex to agree to giving the first 100 tl;dr pharmacy readers that purchase Interview Mastery $25 off.
Just enter the code:
at the checkout page to apply the discount.
But remember, there is only 100 of these discounts, so I'd act fast.
In full disclosure, tl;dr pharmacy is an affiliate for Interview Mastery. If you purchase the course through one of the links on this page, we will earn a commission on the sale. This does not affect your purchase price (in fact, we lobbied to LOWER your purchase price with the coupon above).
So if you decide to purchase Interview Mastery, please consider clicking one of the links on this page to do so. It goes a long way to helping tl;dr pharmacy exist.
I don't just recommend products willy-nilly. Your trust (and my integrity) mean way more to me than a few dollars from an affiliate sale. I've recommended several of Alex's products to you now, because they are that good.
I have been through the entirety of Interview Mastery and I am certain that the info it contains will benefit you.
For what it's worth, Alex also believes in his product. He's offering a full 30-day money back guarantee if you're unhappy with Interview Mastery. For those keeping track at home, that's long enough to get through the entire course several times.
So what do you really have to lose?