Hey friends! Now that interview season is upon us I figured I would leave a few tips about group interviews. Most people find these the most difficult because it is not one on one and there are other people there you are "competing" with. I actually really enjoyed the group interview atmosphere and personally believe it is smart for PA schools to do cause it shows the program how well you work with others, and that my friends is what the PA profession is all about! So hear you go:
➡️Do not look at the other people in your interview group as your competition!❌ Look at them as your future classmates talk with the interviewer and with them as you would if you were classmates. If you have the competition mentality you miss the purpose of the group interview.
➡️If given as question like "should PAs be called physician associates or should PAs switch to a clinical doctorate" it is OK to disagree with your group mates! But do so in a respectful manor. Acknowledge your group mates idea by saying things like, "while Sally brings up and excellent point, I think it is also important to look at it from this direction or I see it a little differently." This shows the interviewer that you are not putting down your group mates ideas and that you respect different opinions.
➡️Try to refrain from using negative language. Try to not say the words "I disagree" they can sound harsh sometimes, especially if you are nervous.
➡️Do not under ANY circumstances put down another student!❌I have seen this done and it is so unfortunate. Doing so shows you don't care about anyone else other than yourself and you may have ruined the interview for that other person.
➡️Don't always be the first to answer the questions when given the opportunity. Some schools just go down the line, and others "open it up to the floor". It is a good idea to answer first a few times but give your group mates a chance to answer first as well.
➡️Be engaged in what your group mates are saying. Listen to them and if you can find a way to fit it in your comment, acknowledge them. It shows you are a good listener and care about what other people have to say.