The goal of the Health Careers Committee interview and letter writing process is to accurately present you in the best possible light.
GOALS OF THE HEALTH CAREERS COMMITTEE INTERVIEW
Practice Interviewing Skills
The interview is an opportunity to answer questions like, “Why do you want to be a ______?” Not only is this a common interview question, but talking about your motivation will also potentially help you focus your application. It is also an opportunity to see how well you can answer the question asked, dialogue with interviewers and think on your feet.
Highlight the Positive
At your interview at least two faculty members will discuss what to emphasize on your application, and potentially how to address weaknesses.
Gather More Information for Your Health Careers Committee Letter
The interview is an opportunity for the Health Careers Committee to learn more about your activities both inside and outside the classroom. Sometimes students are too modest about what they have accomplished, or don’t realize how certain activities can support their application. The interview is a chance to uncover both kinds of omissions, or understated gems.
Gain Personal Statement Feedback
The interview is an opportunity to talk about how you come across in your personal statement, and how to use the personal statement portion of your health professional school application. This is a really important part of your application, and the only place where admissions committee members feel like they get to know you.
Learn about the Next Steps
The interview is an opportunity for health careers committee members to advise you about appropriate course work, volunteer experiences or other activities that might strengthen your application.
AFTER THE HEALTH CAREERS COMMITTEE INTERVIEW
Schedule an Exit Interview
This is your opportunity to meet with the Health Careers Committee letter writer and review the contents of your letter in general terms. Although not required, most students find this meeting useful as they structure their application. You should also feel free to discuss your interview performance and materials with the members of the Committee who conducted your interview.
After your exit interview, you should schedule meetings or send email updates to your Health Careers Committee letter writer of new items that could be added to the letter to enhance your application including clinical experiences, research opportunities, awards and honors.