Category Archives: Interviewing

Reduce Interview Stress Using The STAR Technique

Do you suffer from stress or anxiety? Nobody is immune to the pre-interview jitters, and other than getting a good night’s sleep and drinking some relaxing tea, there’s nothing that will settle your nerves better than being prepared ahead of time!

Preparation is the key to conquering stress, but stressful situations can happen at any time and affect even the most prepared person.  If you’re easily susceptible to stress or have a hard time getting control of your nerves, the STAR technique can help.  When used properly, this simple technique can target the root of your stress and obliterate it. Read more »

Top Five PA School Interview Mistakes

If you’ve made it to your Physician Assistant School interview, you’ve already passed the first round of screening. The admissions panel thinks that you’re worthy of meeting to determine if you have the right motivations, demeanor, and drive to become a PA. You’ve come so far, so why risk making a mistake during your interview? Read more »

How Can You Benefit From The EXCELL Pre Physician Assistant Clerkship?

If you’re interested in our Pre Physician Assistant Clerkship, check out our basic breakdown of the program.  It’ll give you a rundown of what the program has to offer, the different stages of the program, and what you can potentially gain by signing up.

Between the 200 hours of real-life patient experience, patient advocacy experience, the mentorship portion, online coursework, and mock interviews, you’ll be learning and growing rapidly over the course of this 16-week program, but do you have a good sense of what particular skills you’ll be developing?

Here’s a quick breakdown of our PA Clerkship program AND all of the great benefits each component provides!

Patent Advocacy Experience

  • What You Do
    • Act as a patient liaison, quality assurance team member, and healthcare team member
    • Deliver quality of life patient survey
    • Attend weekly directors meetings
  • How You Benefit
    • Develop skills in bedside manner
    • Develop patient interaction/interviewing skills
    • Gain real life experience in detecting and resolving patient quality of life issues
    • Earn hands-on experience as liaison between patients and staff
    • Gain experience creating plans of action and following through on them
    • Learn how to function as part of healthcare team

Physician Assistant Mentorship

  • What You Do
    • Shadow and be mentored by a working Physician Assistant
  • How You Benefit
    • Learn about the PA profession through direct observation
    • Observe interactions between a PA and their patients
    • Observe the collaboration between a PA and Physicians
    • Directly observe PA medical practice

Online Coursework

  • What You Do
    • 36 Didactic training modules in written communication and one on one verbal communication.
  • How You Benefit
    • Huge boost in communication skills for interacting with coworkers
    • Opportunity to hone communication skills with patients (aka your bedside manner)

Mock Interviews

  • What You Do
    • Participate in two videotaped mock interviews
    • Have your strengths and weaknesses evaluated by our interview panel
  • How You Benefit
    • Increased self-assessment skills
    • Highly develop your communication and critical thinking skills
    • Improved self confidence

Graduate Project

  • What You Do
    • Administer and assess Quality of Life Patient Survey
    • Present Plan of Action to faculty and administration
  • How You Benefit
    • Gain a sense of contribution to quality improvement

Improve presentation skills

Those are just a few of the benefits you’ll gain from choosing the EXCELL Pre PA Clerkship and Mentorship Program.  We also have shadowing opportunities all over New Jersey to better fit your location and schedule. No matter what level you may be starting from, the program is guaranteed to improve your confidence as well as the basic skills needed to ace any PA program interview.

Still not convinced?  Take a look at some of the testimonials from past EXCELL program graduates.

 

How to Identify and Handle Inappropriate Interview Questions

When you’re in the interview room, the last thing you want to do is lose your focus. It’s easy to lose your focus if you’re unprepared, but you can be thrown off if you’re asked a question that’s out of bounds or inappropriate, even if you’ve spent the past year preparing for your interviews.

Questions should be about your qualifications to become a physician assistant, not about your personal information. If you find yourself facing an uncomfortable or seemingly inappropriate line of questioning, know your rights as an applicant. You do not have to answer out-of-place, unrelated, or illegal questions directly and can choose to either defer your answer or address the questions as inappropriate.

Here are some examples of questions that should not be posed during your interview. Read more »

Eight Tips to Make a Stellar First Impression at your PA School Interview

You never get a second chance at making a first impression. Just like judging a book by its cover or a restaurant by its pictures on Yelp, people often judge each other immediately upon meeting.  If we apply this to the PA school application process, this means you’ll be judged as an applicant the moment you walk into the interview room.  To help maximize your first impression, you first need to identify what aspects people focus on when forming an opinion about a person they don’t know.

The following items comprise the Eight Stages of Approach, a foolproof list of attributes we use as the criteria for evaluating another person. To ensure you make a memorable first impression on interview day, you’ll want to focus on each of these items individually before interview day.

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The Dos and Don’ts of your PA School Interview

The interview process for a PA program can be slightly different for each candidate.  As the interview unfolds, the questions being posed and topics being covered will vary wildly depending on your unique experiences and responses.  That being said, there are a few steadfast rules you should follow in the interview room.

Here are a few of the most important do’s and don’ts for your interview.  Keep these in mind when prepping before interview day and try to remember them right as you set foot in the interview room. Read more »

The Dos and Dont’s of your PA School Interview

The interview process for a PA program can be slightly different for each candidate.  As the interview unfolds, the questions being posed and topics being covered will vary wildly depending on your unique experiences and responses.  That being said, there are a few steadfast rules you should follow in the interview room.

Here are a few of the most important do’s and don’ts for your interview.  Keep these in mind when prepping before interview day and try to remember them right you step foot into the interview room. Read more »

Tips & Tricks For Answering Behavioral Questions at your PA School Interview

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

Nothing sets you up for success better than prior preparation. Taking the time to go over the most common behavioral questions asked during an interview is a great way to practice and get comfortable with these types of questions. In addition to practicing common behavioral prompts, you’ll be able to easily answer any behavioral question thrown at you by using the following tricks.

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