Resumes and Personal Statements

Resumes and Personal Statements are key elements in executing an effective opportunity search. Resumes are professional documents that introduce a residency program to your skills, experiences, and professional history. Personal State,emts, on the other hand, are professional letters that provide an introduction to residency programs regarding your interest in their program. Students Affairs offers in-person assistance that can help you to develop your professional documents. Please contact jamarlatt@iu.edu for assistance.

Mock Interview Program

One of the best ways to prepare for the interview trail is to participate in a mock interview. Student Affairs offers phone, video, in-person, and panel mock interviews. Mock interviews are practice interviews conducted by trained Mock Interview Student Affairs professionals and tailored to your needs.

The Mock Interview Program allows you to hone your interviewing skills while developing confidence in your ability to deliver strong interview performances. To schedule a mock interview please contact (jamarlat@iu.edu)

Top 5 Ways to Prepare for Interviews

  1. Know your background
    Programs can perceive you negatively if you’re unable to speak confidently about your attributes and experiences. So before you hit the interview trail, take time to recall and reflect. Students often trip up when they haven’t prepared for the more challenging or difficult questions about their academic performance. The general formula is – awareness of the problem, intervention, improvement, future prevention.
  2. Research your chosen specialty
    Become familiar hot topics and trends in your field. Interviewers may ask questions about your opinion on major issues facing the specialty, and it helps to have some insight into your future profession.
  3. Research each program
    Research the program so you can thoroughly discuss its attributes and needs as well as how you would address those needs. Read printed materials, visit Web sites, and talk to any of your contacts and fellow students who might have a connection to the program or supporting institution.
  4. Prepare answers to common questions
    Interviewers ask common questions during residency interviews, including
    • Why did you choose this specialty?
    • Why did you apply to this program? at this location?
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    • What you are looking for in a program?
    • What is an interesting case you participated in? What are your career goals?
    • Where do you see yourself in five years? ten years?
  5. Prepare your own questions
    You’re interviewing the program as much as they’re interviewing you. Almost every interviewer will ask for your questions about the program, so be prepared with many thoughtful ones. This is your opportunity to show interest in the program as well as to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the program to assess how compatible you are.

(Bonus) Practice interviewing skills

Interviewing is a skill, and practicing can help you improve while alleviating some of the nervousness you’ll experience.