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- I have an interview the end of this month to decide if I will be added to the pool and move forward to individual hiring managers. Any tips? Thanks!
CONGRATS!! That's a huge accomplishment, I'm thrilled to hear you'll be interviewing. What unit are you interested in working on? I'd prepare for questions like: a time you coped with a difficult situation w coworker, why did you choose the area you want to work in, why PA if you're moving from out of state. Expressing enthusiasm for peds is an obvious must.
I've found that practicing and perfecting "storytelling" to illustrate answers to interview questions
has been profoundly impactful. I've memorized 5 stories (one to highlight a difficult situation and how I coped with it, one to demonstrate why I chose the PICU, so on and so forth...) and they are often applicable to any number of questions they throw your way. So, that way you can sound polished and your stories are more memorable than any generic, cliche answer they've probably already heard.
For my first hospital interview (not CHOP) I video-taped myself going through each of my five practiced "stories" and answering other probable interview questions. I watched the tape over and was able to assess what needed to change in terms of speech, movement, facial expression, etc. I found it to be immensely helpful in critiquing myself.
Best of luck, keep us updated!