Saturday, February 13, 2016

Interview Tip for Our Medical Residency Applicants - Listening, Listening & More Listening

Good morning!

I just came upon a very interesting piece of information about interviews in a little Kindle book, Listening Skills: Master the Art of Listening and Communication Skills for a More Confident  Life, by Michele Gilbert.  She mentions that during interviews, "most major corporations study applicants for listening skills to determine whether they have truly developed communication skills rather than knowing how to respond to an interview or work an interview." 

Fascinating new truth, as far as I'm concerned.  (You probably already knew it!)  I'm thinking about medical residency applicants who are applying for the specialties in which prime value placed on actively listening to the patient....psychiatry, internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, OBGYN, and of course all the sub-specialties thereof.  This advice can also be very useful for the other specialties in which communication with other doctors and staff are of prime importance: ALL MEDICAL SPECIALTIES.

So the bottom line here is that the interviewee needs to listen very carefully and digest what the interviewers are saying or asking before spouting off some technically complicated and correct answer already in his or her head.  That goes for your future conversations with patients, staff and colleagues too. But you already know that too!

This is a good little book though, and I recommend it, maybe even better than some of the "Interview Tips" books out there.

In a way, this advice takes some heat off you by too much pre-thinking about your answers to interview questions....that is, too much preparing and practicing for an interview with canned answers you have nervously memorized might get in the way of listening to what the interviewers are actually saying or asking.