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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On interview day, the last thing you should be worrying about is “what will my interview panel ask me?” If you don’t already know what you’re going up against, you may find yourself lacking for answers in the interview room. Don’t let yourself get blindsided by the hundreds of potential interview questions you could be asked.
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 »
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.
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.
If you’re racking your brain to come up with direct patient contact experience, stop for a second and consider all of the direct experience you get just through the Excell Pre PA Assistant Clerkship program!
Not only do you get over 200 hours of real-life patient experience over the course of your clerkship, you’ll come out the other side being able to speak directly to your role as a patient advocate and liaison. By the time you’re done, you’ll have developed skills in bedside manner, gotten direct patient interaction, detected and resolved patient quality of life issues, worked as a liaison between patients and staff, experienced being part of a healthcare team, and more!
A strong answer to an interview question can take many shapes and forms, but it should always have a significant impact. In most situations, the interview committee is looking for a strong answer rather than an answer that’s necessarily right or wrong (unless the question is purely fact-based, then you’ll want to make sure your answer is correct). Regardless, crafting a strong answer comes from preparation and attentiveness.
“Why do you want to become a physician assistant?” If you’re not sure, you may have some work ahead of you because this question will undoubtedly be asked at your PA school interview. So how do you come up with an outstanding answer to this question without seeming trite or boring?
When it comes to giving a strong interview answer, there are 5 key elements (and no, we’re not talking about Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, and Air). A strong answer should not only address the prompt at hand, but convey your cunning, uniqueness, nerve, and talent.
During the PA application process, you should answer questions with situational anecdotes, or by showing how your experiences relate to patient care as well as whom you are as an individual. Telling a compelling, well-crafted story is the best way to do this, but making sure your story hits all of the key points and while clearly relating to the question at hand can be a difficult task without a framework to rely on.