I Have 2 Interviews Next Week! I Have Read Other Discussions On Interview Questions And Have Found Them Most Helpful. A Few Last Minute Details I'm Sweating Over:
1) What Do I Wear?
2) How Eager Should I Appear?
3) How Calm Should I Try To Remain Or Do They Like To See Applicants' Anxiety?
4) Has Anyone Gone Into School With The Ticket Being Paid For By Their Employer? If So, How Does This Appear To The Committee? (not My Case But I'm Trying Very Hard!)
5) How Do The Committees Feel About Applicants With Dependent Children?
6) Any Other Insightful Information Would Be Most Appreciated! Thanks In Advance For Your Help!
1 - I would encourage you to wear something "professional" - maybe even "intelligent" (if that's possible) - they want to see what kind of a candidate you look like. Will you make the profession "look good"? Think about that! Will you make other CRNAs "proud" of you with the way you look & dress? Perhaps a nice Dana Buchman/Ellen Tracy suit? Spend a little $$ if you have to.
That's what I did - walked in with a $1k suit on - it was a nice little added touch.
2 - Think: "Intellectual Curiosity" - do you have an immense interest in learning anesthesia? Does it fascinate you? ...or is it just the hoped for $$$$ someday? Also, are you "up for a challenge"? Are you "unrelenting" when it comes to acheiving a goal in life? If you have that kind of mentality, it will show through during the interview.
3 - I wouldn't worry too much about butterflies - try to learn to "embrace" them! If you didn't care - you wouldn't be nervous at all now, would you?
They already know you're going to be "concerned - "alert" - nervous! Just go in knowing they already know that. They're actually there to "help you" get into the program. Try to look at it from the bright side - they NEED good quality candidates to successfully complete the program and YOU are just what they are looking for. Right?!
4 - Lots of people have had the financing arranged ahead of time. I don't think it's really that big of a plus. The main thing is - they want to know if you can you manage your finances to such a degree that you can successfully finish the program? Loans are fine - probably even a better way to go, in my humble opinion.
5 - Regarding having kids - the committee should be fine with that and maybe even MORE supportive in some ways. If you are a responsible parent - odds are you will be a responsible student! It shows the ability to assume responsibility. When you provide an anesthetic... you need to be very, very, very "responsible"...! Also, to someone who said something about "...they should NEVER ask anything about kids..." - I say, "Hahahahahahahaha@!!!!!" They can ask anything they like! And you'd best be prepared to inform them of what a strong, wonderful family support system you have in place! Remember: Once accepted into the program - they want to see you SUCCEED! They don't want you trying to come back two years later because you had to drop out due to "family problems"....
Mmmhhh... I'm sure there are others that can give you great advice... I'm thinking... I'm thinking... OH - don't be "mousy" - timid! That doesn't "gel" well with surgeons nor will it gel well with an admissions committee. Don't leave your personality OR your sense of humor outside the door. You just never know what little "thing" may help you. I hope you'll come back and tell us how you felt it went after you interview.