Interviewing is Expensive: Consider travel costs when planning your interviews. Planning ahead can help you make the most cost effective choices (driving versus flying; car rental versus taxis/ubers/public transportation). If interviewing locations do not offer to pay for your hotel, consider staying as close to the interview site as possible – especially if you are interviewing in areas that experience winter weather which can make travel tricky at times.
Attend the Interview Social: Most, if not all programs have a social the night before an interview which gives applicants a chance to meet residents in a relaxed environment. Attending the social will give you a feel for the environment of the program, but also know that residents are in return getting a feel for you and if you will fit in with their program. Program directors often ask for resident feedback from the event, so remember that even though it’s not as high stakes as the interview, you should present your best self!
Be prepared for interviewers to ask about the questions you might have about the program. Make sure you have a list prepared in advance so you can ask your questions of the program director, residents and faculty members interviewing you that day.
Prepare for your residency interview with a mock interview. Mock interviews can be uncomfortable, but the best way to go through the interview process with the least amount of nerves is to practice. Ask faculty members, residents you may know, or even a family member to help you prepare for the interview.