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Conducting Interviews During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Given the need for all of us to support the nation’s public health efforts, the AAMC strongly encourages medical school and teaching hospital faculty to conduct all interviews with potential students, residents, and faculty in a virtual setting – either by phone or through video conferencing.

The academic medicine community is not alone in facing this challenge. LinkedIn, Google, Facebook, and Amazon have all halted on-site job interviews indefinitely and multiple resources exist for conducting virtual assessments. The AAMC will continue working with the Group on Resident Affairs, Group on Faculty Affairs, Group on Student Affairs, and others to collate and post resources as they become available.

AAMC Resources for Medical School Admissions

Admissions Officers

Guide: Virtual Interview Tips for Admissions Officers (PDF)

  • This document provides tips for those preparing to conduct or organize virtual interviews, including how to address possible complications from transitioning to virtual interviews, without losing the effectiveness of the interview.

Webinar: Nuts and Bolts of Virtual Interviewing

  • In this webinar, AAMC discusses important considerations for medical schools when making the transition from an in-person to virtual format interview and provides tips for organizing and conducting live virtual interviews. Specific topics include adapting processes and materials, selecting an interview platform, preparing for success, and preparing interviewers to conduct virtual interviews. It also discusses possible complications when transitioning to virtual interviews and how to address them without losing the effectiveness of the interview. Additionally, medical school admissions officers share their past experiences and plans for the upcoming admissions cycle.
  • Access the video or the PowerPoint slides (PDF).

Interviewers

Guide: Virtual Interview Tips for Interviewers (PDF)

  • This document provides considerations and tips for those preparing to conduct virtual interviews, including identifying a suitable environment, setting up and practicing with technology, becoming familiar with interview materials, and creating a comfortable, fair interview experience.

Webinar: Creating a Positive Virtual Interview Experience

  • The format of interviews is shifting from in-person to virtual this year. What can you do to ensure a successful interview? This webinar will prepare you to create a positive virtual interview experience for you and applicants. Topics include: preparing and practicing with technology, identifying a suitable environment, preparing and coordinating in advance of the interview, and how to ensure a standardized and fair process while creating a comfortable atmosphere for the applicant during the interview. It will also discuss how to address possible complications from transitioning to virtual interviews without losing the effectiveness of the interview.
  • Access the video or the PowerPoint slides (PDF).

Applicants

Guide: Preparation Guide for Applicants Participating in Virtual Interviews (PDF)

  • This document focuses on tips for preparing for and completing virtual interviews. Although the format may seem more informal, a virtual interview is an official interview, and we encourage you to approach it as you would any formal interview. Prepare, present yourself professionally, and focus. The AAMC Medical School Interviews site is a great resource for general information on interviewing.

Webinar: Prep for Success in Your Virtual Interview

  • Many medical schools are turning to virtual interviews this year. Many are doing live virtual interviews and some are incorporating an asynchronous/on-demand virtual interview into their process. This webinar will help you prepare for success in your virtual interviews by identifying a suitable environment, preparing and practicing with technology, and preparing for and responding to interview questions. It will also discuss how to address possible challenges you may face with virtual interviews and possible steps you might take to overcome them.
  • Access the video or the PowerPoint slides (PDF).

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AAMC Resources for Residency Program Selection

Program Directors

Guides:

  1. Best Practices for Conducting Residency Program Interviews (PDF)
    This guide describes interview best practices to assist with implementing valid and fair interview processes. The information in the guide is divided into two sections: (1) Structuring Your Interview Process—A Program Director’s Guide provides an overview of the current state of research and best practices in selection interviews and (2) The Resident Applicant Interview—A Practical Guide for Faculty provides practical information on conducting interviews, including helpful tips and traps to avoid.
  2. Virtual Interview Tips for Program Directors (PDF)
    This document provides tips for those preparing to conduct or organize virtual interviews, including how to address possible complications from transitioning to virtual interviews, without losing the effectiveness of the interview.

Interviewers 

Guides:

  1. Best Practices for Conducting Residency Program Interviews (PDF)
    This guide describes interview best practices to assist with implementing valid and fair interview processes. The information in the guide is divided into two sections: (1) Structuring Your Interview Process—A Program Director’s Guide provides an overview of the current state of research and best practices in selection interviews and (2) The Resident Applicant Interview—A Practical Guide for Faculty provides practical information on conducting interviews, including helpful tips and traps to avoid.
  2. Virtual Interview Tips for Interviewers (PDF)
    This document provides considerations and tips for those preparing to conduct virtual interviews, including identifying a suitable environment, setting up and practicing with technology, becoming familiar with interview materials, and creating a comfortable, fair interview experience.

Webinar: Creating a Positive Virtual Interview Experience

  • The format of interviews is shifting from in-person to virtual this year. What can you do to ensure a successful interview? This webinar will prepare you to create a positive virtual interview experience for you and applicants. Topics include: preparing and practicing with technology, identifying a suitable environment, preparing and coordinating in advance of the interview, and how to ensure a standardized and fair process while creating a comfortable atmosphere for the applicant during the interview. It will also discuss how to address possible complications from transitioning to virtual interviews without losing the effectiveness of the interview.
  • Access the video or the PowerPoint slides (PDF).

Applicants

Guide: Preparation Guide for Applicants Participating in Virtual Interviews (PDF)

  • This document focuses on tips for preparing for and completing virtual interviews. Although the format may seem more informal, a virtual interview is an official interview, and we encourage you to approach it as you would any formal interview. Prepare, present yourself professionally, and focus. The AAMC Medical School Interviews site is a great resource for general information on interviewing.

Webinar: Prep for Success in Your Virtual Interview

  • Many residency programs are pursuing virtual interviews this year. Programs may be conducting live virtual interviews or incorporating an asynchronous/on-demand virtual interview into their process. This webinar will help you prepare for success in your virtual interviews by identifying a suitable environment, preparing and practicing with technology, and preparing for and responding to interview questions. It will also discuss how to address possible challenges you may face with virtual interviews and possible steps you might take to overcome them.
  • Access the video or the PowerPoint slides (PDF).

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Addressing Implicit Bias in Virtual Interviews

  • During this webinar, participants will receive an overview of unconscious bias, reflect upon how their own biases manifest, and receive guidance on how to recognize and mitigate their biases when conducting, reviewing, and scoring virtual or in-person interviews. This webinar is strongly recommended for anyone conducting interviews or evaluating interview responses.
  • Access the video or the job aid (PDF)

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