to answering residency interview questions

Our Tips for Interviewing Well for Residency

  • Be yourself, don’t be afraid to add some humor to your interview and show your excitement
  • Know who you are interviewing with. Research the program and make notes of unique characteristics. Research everyone you’re interviewing with and try to find out something unique about them (maybe they are passionate about working with children with special needs or maybe they went to the same college as you)
  • Be confident in yourself, if you got the interview they are already interested in you! Exude confidence in your answers to interview questions
  • Know your resume like the back of your hand, you need to be able to talk about any accomplishment on there
  • Anytime you talk about a failure or bad quality, talk about how you overcame it or how you changed for the better MAKE IT INTO A POSITIVE
  • Always have 3-5 questions prepared that you can ask the interviewer
    • Beware of the interviewer who doesn’t ask you ANY questions and instead has you ask questions the entire time
      • A way to turn this back around after you ask a few questions is to say “are there any questions that you may have had for me?”
  • Download this document and type in all your answers before you start interviewing and re-read it a few times and you will be prepared to interview and answer some of the most commonly asked questions.

Our Answers to the Most Commonly Asked Interview Questions

Tell me about yourself.

I grew up in Aurora, CO and went to college in Fort Collins at Colorado State University. My undergrad degree was in Human Development and Family Studies so my education was geared toward child development. I worked part time through college as an after school French teacher and nanny then I spent a year before medical school teaching preschool. When I went to medical school, I continued working with kids in the pediatrics interest group and through volunteer experiences during my clinical years. I currently live in Michigan with my husband and my cat lulu where I did my clinical rotations!

My name is Bobby Gosey I’m originally from Austin, Texas. I graduated out of University of Texas at Austin with a degree in neurobiology and from there I went to school at Ross in the Caribbean where I found the very first anesthesia club on the island. It is also where I met my wife whom I am couples matching with. From there we moved up to Michigan where we did our two years of clinical rotations. It’s me, my cat lulu, and my wife up here just trying to survive the cold weather!

Why pediatrics/anesthesia?

There is something special about caring for a child who has a whole life ahead of them. To me it feels like pediatricians have the ability to make an impact that will last a person their entire life! I love working with parents and helping support their relationship with their child. I think it’s extremely rewarding to watch children grow which is something I loved ever since I started teaching and it still applies to pediatrics.

Anesthesia is the right field for me because it incorporates so many things I love about medicine. The first being compassion. I love that there’s compassion and trust amongst the patient and the team. Letting them know that you are there for them. Second is the pharmacology and physiology. I love that in the OR you are having to work with shifting environments and that you have to know your contraindications and what is going to work and what is not going to work and how to adjust to things that have changed. And lastly, you’re not in the OR by yourself. There are scrub techs, surgeons and nurses all in there and you make up this team that is there trying to provide the best health care for the patient and with my background in sports I love that being on a team and that aspect of anesthesia really resonates with me.

What is your biggest weaknesses (or three biggest)?

Most important thing when answering this question: turn your weakness into a strength or state how you have been trying to improve this weakness.

  • Saying yes to everything: I tend to overfill my schedule, but I have been working on prioritizing these past few years and using a paper schedule to stay organized and on track of my commitments.
  • Being emotional: I think this is both my biggest weakness and biggest strength. I tend to get attached to my patients which makes difficult situations challenging for me, but it also allows me to connect deeply with my pediatric patients and their parents.

Some of your strengths/describe yourself.

  • Hard working
  • Compassion
  • Adaptability
  • Open-minded
  • Self-disciplined
  • Trustworthy

Tell me a mistake that you made and how you handled it.

  • Missed a surgery that I was supposed to attend during my first week of surgery core, I apologized and made sure to never miss a case again
  • If you don’t have an answer, just explain how you would handle if you made a mistake

Why did you apply to this program?

  • This is where your research from the day(s) before matter. Spend time researching the residency and find a few unique qualities about the program and that is what you’ll use to answer the question. Always specify this answer with specifics about the program, ESPECIALLY LOCATION!

What do you want in a residency program?

  • The answer to this is whatever they have!
  • For me I always talked about how important it is for me to be a part of a community. I want to be surrounded by residents and attendings that are supportive and uplifting and that is what I wished to be for them as well.

What do you do for wellness/how do you spend your free time?

  • Try to pick some interesting hobbies you have and don’t make the answer to this studying or something medical, programs are trying to see how you spend your free time and how you balance
    • Ex: working out (specific like Zumba, weight lifting), biking, hiking 14ers, playing an instrument, blogging, binge watching TV shows, etc.

Have any additional most commonly asked or challenging residency questions that you think should be added to our list? Message us below.

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