It’s more than halfway through radiology interview season. And, you’ve already traveled through much of the United States to meet all sorts of radiologists. In fact, you’re feeling a bit weary from all the work (Imagine how your interviewers feel!) So, with all that time and effort you have put into the radiology interview process, did the interviews make a significant difference? I mean this is only radiology, right? A specialty that does not value human interactions as much as internal medicine, let’s say? And, what happens if some interviews went really well and others stunk up the joint? Does it significantly change how the programs rank you on the rank list? Well, today you are in for a treat. You are going to get an insider’s view of the process!
The Power Of The Radiology Interview
Even in radiology, if I was to say that the interview held no weight whatsoever, I would be lying! A radiology interviewee who wields the power of good interviewing skills can potentially increase his chances of matching. On the other hand, the interviewee that fails miserably can really detract from their application. So much so, that occasionally the interviewer can give you the dreaded acronym DNR (Do Not Rank!). But, let’s go into some more specifics here.
The Interviewing Maven
Are you one of those medical students that always sounds intelligent to everyone that you meet? Or, perhaps, your charisma infects the entire room? Well, let’s say that your interviewers have a 10 point scale that takes into account all the information including your Dean’s letter, recommendations, personal statement, research, experiences, and board scores. I have seen certain applicants bump themselves up to 3 points. So what does that mean? A lot! Most candidates tend to hunker around the middle of the rank list or in the 4-6 range. When you add three points to your application, that can place your application in the rarified atmosphere. In fact, it can almost ensure your acceptance to a program.
The Interviewing Wall-Flower
Are you shy or uncomfortable during interview situations? Or maybe, you always appear depressed and lethargic? Hmm… Perhaps, you have a bizarre schizoid appearance? How do these interviewer qualities affect your application? Let’s see. In my experience, an applicant that should be somewhere in the middle or top of the pack can go down to (drum roll please…), the land of nowhere. And where is that may you ask? DNR!!!
On the other hand, the average poor interviewee not quite hitting the answers to questions well or making a few flubs usually gets detracted a few points. However, that can still make an enormous difference in a competitive application process.
My Final Point
So, if you take these calculations into account, which radiology interview has the power to change the status of your application the most, the good or the bad? It’s simple. A bad radiology interview trumps the potential positive effects of someone that has a great interview.
What is my final point of this exercise? Make sure to take the interview very seriously. Please, please, please… Practice before you come in. Tape yourself on your cell phone. Do whatever you must prior to arriving. A radiology interview is extremely important… Your future livelihood is at stake!!!