3 Things To Know Before Interview Season Starts

1. Create an email just for ERAS. You do not want your interview emails getting mixed into your school or other personal email. Make sure you have notifications set to ON for your ERAS email. Some specialties (i.e. surgery) invite more people than they can interview, and it is literally first-come-first-serve. Interview spots can fill up in minutes. Play it safe and assume that this is true for every invite you receive. If you get an email invite, open it immediately and pick a date.
A few strategies to sign up as quickly as possible… Some students purchase an Apple Watch so they can get notifications immediately. Some physically write down their current interview season schedule so they don’t have to toggle between calendar and email apps on their phone when they’re trying to schedule a new invite. Some purchase plane wifi so they’re not missing out on emails during flights.
2. Pre-interview dinners are important. The residents who attend may be the ones who are interviewing you the next day; if you get along well, that could be a big plus. Bring your best self, and don’t stray from the crowd too much — don’t have alcohol if no one else is having any, don’t order the most ridiculous thing on the menu, have dessert if everyone is having it, and don’t leave too early. Pre-interview dinners aren’t as important for preliminary year interviews, but if it’s a preliminary year program that you’re particularly interested in, attend if possible.
3. No interviews around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Enjoy the break!

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