Category Archives: Interviewing

Gain Interview Confidence Through the Excell Pre PA Clerkship Program

During your time in the EXCELL program, you’ll have a huge advantage of participating in not one but two mock interviews. You’ll be able to practice your communication skills, put what you’ve learned to the test, and get a better sense for what to expect come interview day. Your interviews will be taped and critiqued by our interview panel to help evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.

During these mock interviews, its common for students to passively mention the EXCELL program to interviewers without expanding on exactly how EXCELL has helped to make them a better candidate for PA school. One of the great benefits of EXCELL (besides the 97% PA school acceptance rate) is the ability to confidently communicate what you can contribute as a student and future PA as a direct result of what you learned and experienced through the program.

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Why Do You Want To Become A PA?

We’ve covered a lot of the most common questions that you’ll face during your interview, but one stands out above the rest. Without any doubt, you’ll be asked why you want to become a PA. It makes sense that this is one of the most important questions you’ll need to answer because it gets to the root of who you are, shows what motivates you, and provides a window into the past experiences that have shaped your decision making up until this point in your life.

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The Top 8 PA School Interview Questions

There are literally hundreds of different questions you could be asked during your PA school interview. During your preparation, try to focus on the questions that are most commonly asked rather than what “might” be asked. Be sure prepare your answers for these questions early on so you have ample time to focus on other material that may need extra attention.

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What Do You Have to Offer a PA Program?

As you’re applying to PA programs, you should know what you bring to the table before you set foot in the interview room.  In addition, you should know exactly what each program is looking for in an ideal candidate. With enough preparation, you’ll be able to highlight all of the great things you offer as a candidate that fall in line with exactly the trains the program wants.

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Your Panel Uses These Three Criteria To Judge Your PA School Interview Performance

With any task, performing to the best of your ability is much easier if you know what criteria you’re being judged against. Having an idea of what your interview committee is looking for during your interview can help you prepare more efficiently and answer questions in a more effective way. Think about it- it’s much easier to get a high score on a test if you know how you’re being scored, so why not apply this to your interview? Read more »

Overcome PA School Interview Anxiety: Become an Agent of the SHIELD Technique!

Applying to become a PA can be a very stressful process. Between researching schools, writing your personal narrative, getting your application materials together, and making sure you have enough patient contact experience, you’ll have suffered through enough stress before you even step foot into your interview.

The stress felt prior to the interview room can be a bit easier to manage because you’re not necessarily put on the spot. Yes, you have a great deal of preparation to do and a lot of work ahead of you, but the stress can be managed on your own time. On interview day, the stress you feel must be dealt with and suppressed in that very moment, so it makes dealing with the stress all the more difficult.

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7 Tricks To Answer Behavioral Questions at your PA School Interview

During your interview process, you’ll undoubtedly be asked behavioral questions. The goal of questions like these is to flesh out examples of skills, characteristics, and experiences that directly relate to your value as a potential PA student.   These questions are vital because they give your interviewers clear, concrete examples of who you are as an individual, so you’ll want to make sure your answers are not only full of detail, but clear and concise.

It’s important to note that nothing sets you up for success like prior preparation. Taking the time to go over the most common behavioral questions asked during an interview is a great place to start practicing. On top of prior preparation, you’ll easily be able to answer any behavioral question thrown at you by using the following tricks.

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