Yay! You officially finished one of your many interviews and now you’re wondering what to do.
First of all, celebrate! There is no use doubting your answers now or questioning how you did. It’s in the past and you can’t change any of it. But, you can be excited that you made it through and now you’re one step closer to getting into the school of your dreams.
But what do you do after that?
I personally think its really classy to send a thank you note. This could be through email or a card in the mail; either one is going to work as long as you keep it professional. I also found it much easier to send a general card to the school instead of one to my interviewers as I didn’t have their emails or addresses. But, if you do want to send one to each of your interviewers I would use the “Attn: Joe Smith, PA-C” in either the Subject of the email or on top of the mailing address. The school will make sure it gets to that individual. Make sure to spell their name right…
To whom it may concern,
I just recently interviewed at GWU PA school and wanted to express my gratitude for being chosen for an interview slot. I truly enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the school and faculty on a deeper level. My conversations with the students and the interview process has further strengthened my desire to attend GWU PA school. Please let me know if there is any additional material I should provide the Admissions Committee with. I look forward to hearing from the school.
Above is a basic example of the thank you note. Make sure to personalize it a little bit; if something really stood out to you, mention it. Also make sure to send the thank you note in a timely manner. I would pretty much make it the day after your interview and send it then.
Once you finished the thank you note, the waiting game really starts. And it kind of suck (by kind of I mean really sucks). Some schools will let a few students after every interview know whether or not they get in and then have a big chunk of student find out on a specific day (GWU does this). Others have rolling admissions. It just depends on the school and they will let you know during the interview when you should hear back from them about your status.
While you’re waiting, keep doing things to make you a strong applicant. Keep working, keep challenging yourself with classes, find more PAs to shadow, get involved in an organization helping underserved communities. You want to keep yourself busy and you want to make sure that, if God forbid, you don’t get in this year, you’re ahead for next year.
In regards to determining how much you like the school, after the interview is the perfect time to make those Pro/Con lists of what you liked and didn’t like about the program. Hopefully, you should have been writing notes during the interview, so you should be able to just add on to those notes. Think about how you would feel about the people you interviewed with being your classmates, as they very well could be. Think about the professors and how you would feel approaching them. All of this is super important, because even if you get accepted to a program, it may not be the best fit for you and you don’t want to be stuck somewhere you’re unhappy.
Next week is going to be the different interview styles broken down!