How To Outshine The Competition In Your Med School Interview
January 27, 2014
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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When it comes to comparing similar education, background and technical experience it can be pretty difficult for an interviewer or an executive to distinguish between the candidates and choose the right person for their organization. At that point of time, typically for an interviewer, narrowing-down the selection is more about gut feel and making the best guesses. So, how exactly can you, as a candidate, influence the instincts of the interviewer?
Why EQ plays a bigger role than IQ
According to the experts, in situations such as interviews and presentations at any level, your Emotional Quotient (EQ) can be twice as valuable as your Intelligence Quotient (IQ) If you are able to bond with the interviewers, it ups your chances of landing a position when all the other variables are equal. Very few people can actually connect effectively and those who can will stand out.
These few tips will help you tip the scales when it comes down to choose between two candidates who are academically equally placed.
- Make eye contact– This is very important right from the point at which you walk into the reception area or office. Make eye-contact with the receptionist but without seeming like you are staring them down. Honest eye contact breaks through barriers, and conveys a sense of confidence. It also lets others know that you acknowledge their presence. Ensure that your eye contact is steady and smooth.
- Smile– A warm and genuine smile never goes unnoticed or unacknowledged. Direct your smile at people you come in contact with it at the site of the interview. Your smile should be relaxed and ensure that it does not come out looking fake or forced.
- Be in sync with the rest– Listen actively to what people around you are saying. The comments that others are making and the questions that are being asked of you – all of these are important. While you do not want to push too hard to make a connection, it is a good idea to look for opportunities to bond with those around you who have similar preferences and interests as you.
- Mind your tone– Learn to control your tone and pitch. Do not let the latter dip too low or rise too high. You do not want your voice to sound like you lack confidence or are nervous in the situation. Ideally, you should sound credible, approachable and engaged.
- Ease up a bit– There will be times when the interviewer is not too sure about how to start off on the interview. In this case, relax a little and laugh and talk a bit with them. This will ease the atmosphere a bit. It’s great if you have a sense of humour as that can help in easing any kind of tension before the interview. Bawdy humour is out though. If you cannot tell a joke well, better skip it altogether.
Make it a point to shake hands at the start as well as the end of the interview. It is important to have a firm handshake, but do not try to display your strength. The key point is to be genuine and open in your interaction with the interviewers and others you come in touch with at the interview place.