What should I bring to an in-person interview?
Hopefully, you are starting to think about preparing for interviews. One of the positive things that came out of COVID was the ability for hospitals to do a lot more things virtually, including interviews. While this has numerous benefits for students, the opportunity to do an in-person interview is one you should definitely snatch up if you get the chance!
When I applied for internships, traveling for in-person interviews was much more common and many people I knew had to fly around the country to interview in person. Based on my own personal budget, I determined that if the hospital was within 5 hours from me, then I would drive. And I allowed myself to fly to one location to interview. This may look different for everyone, but I encourage you to think about it before the time comes so that you can be prepared.
If you do get the opportunity to go in person and can swing it, you’ll want to prepare a little bit differently.
Be sure to dress professionally. I’m not going sit here and give you a list of professional clothes, I trust you can determine that. I do recommend wearing closed-toe comfortable shoes! This visit typically includes a tour so you may be walking a lot! The last thing you want to be thinking about is the blister forming on your foot.
Things to consider bringing:
- Copies of your resume
- Portfolio if you have it (not super common anymore to have a hard copy)
- Paper and Pen
- Pre-written questions that you have for the team to show you are prepared
During the interview:
- Keep your phone on silent
- Silence smartwatch notifications
In-person interviews offer a unique opportunity in that you can really get a sense of the team and hospital culture. Most people also find that they are more relaxed and conversational in an in-person setting.
While this might not always be an option, if you are offered the in-person interview and can make it work, I encourage you to do it!