‘Twas the night before the interview
And all through the hotels,
Not an interviewee was sleeping,
Not even a little
Clearly, poetry is not my strong suit; I just spent a solid 15 minutes trying to rhyme something with hotels before giving up.
BUT, you have your interview tomorrow and you’re FREAKING out! I know it’s a lot easier said than done, but don’t be nervous! This is the perfect time to do some last minute prep and make sure you rock your interview tomorrow. Here’s some of the tips of what to do, and not to do.
- Set out your clothes for the interview. Make sure everything is ironed and looking good for tomorrow. You don’t want to have to stress about your clothes in the morning.
- Same thing with your purse (or, if your a guy, your portfolio). Set it all out and make sure you have everything you need.
- Get a good night of sleep! Your brain needs sleep to function, and you definitely don’t want to be yawning during any of the presentations tomorrow. You want to be in tip-top shape for the entire day.
- Figure out your plan on how to get to the interview tomorrow. If you’re like me and hate public transportation, Uber is going to be your best friend here. I always like to map out the exact place I had to be the day before, down to the building and the entrance I needed to go in. Some places are just confusing (looking at you Yale). It just makes it one less thing you need to worry about. Plan to be at the place at least 15 minutes early! God forbid something happens and you need that 15 minute window to ensure you get there on time.
- Plan your breakfast. Some schools will provide one, but just eat before if possible. Try to get a continental breakfast at the hotel you’re staying out, or find that bagel shop. Something quick and easy that will be kind to your stomach.
Now for actual interview prep tips
- Do some last minute research! Remind yourself what the school’s mission statement is. Look at the faculty and find something interesting about each one. Remind yourself what kind of schedule they follow for academics.
- Some schools will let you know who will be interviewing you beforehand (Northeastern is a two day process that tells you who will be interviewing you on the first day before the second day of interviews). If you know this, look them up! See when and where they graduated from. See what kind of practice they’ve been in since this. Find something you like about them or have in common with them
- Remind yourself why you picked this school to apply to. What about it pulled you to it during the application process.
- Make a list of different questions you want the answers to tomorrow. This could be asking why the interviewer decided to be involved with this process, or it could be asking the students what they dislike about the program (I always find this more telling than what they love). Keep that list in your portfolio to remind you what to ask.
- Read over your resume and CASPA application one more time. Like I said here, its important to know yourself forwards and backwards because they may pull something small out.
- Remind yourself how freaking awesome you are. How much you deserve to be in that room tomorrow. And how GREAT of a PA you will make. Whats something you did that set you apart from others? Why do you know you will succeed?
- Quickly think about some of the “normal” questions that will be asked. Remember your pointers for these questions.
- Why do you want to be a PA?
- Why did you pick this school?
- Why should we pick you?
- What have you learned during this application process?
- Why will you be a good PA?
- What’s a problem the field is facing?
- and others
- Remember that the fact that you are at an interview means you are one step in the door. Just some stats from GWU last year:
- 2400 applicants
- 240 interviewees
- 65 spots
- That means you have a 10% chance of getting an interview, and once you have that interview you have a 1 in 4 chance of getting in!
- Getting the interview is the hard part, so take some time to breathe and relax a little now.
Things not to do:
- Stay up late
- Go out drinking the night before (you never know who is watching and you definitely do NOT want to be hungover)
- Doubt yourself (see above to remember how AWESOME you are)
- Freak out or give up
Once again, good luck on your interview. I have all the confidence that you guys will rock it! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or something you think would be a great topic. And check out the instagram for more day to day view of the PA school life.
Also, tomorrow’s #SparkleSunday is going to be a great one, so make sure to check it out.