Residency Interview Travel Tips
Medical Residency Application & Interview Preparation Specialists
For those who are expecting to travel to some of their interviews, travelling to and from them will likely be weighing on your mind. Whilst this was more of an issue in the past, when all interviews were in-person, it can still be difficult for those who have multiple interviews falling in the 30-40% which are scheduled to be in-person. Here we’ll run through some top tips to make the process as simple as it can be.
Set Your Travel Budget
Ensure that you have a set budget for all of your travel. Make this realistic, yet as low as you can realistically make it. If you’re to make it to multiple in-person interviews then you will likely need to plan ahead and look for cheap and sensible ways of getting to them. Do your utmost to stick to this budget.
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Find Cheap Accommodation
You must try to save money on hotels if you have multiple interviews – they can be very expensive. Therefore, staying with a resident is likely the best option. Take this option if it’s there, as it will save you money and allow you the chance to get to know one of the current residents, and learn more about the program and the city that it is in. If this is not an option, look for a sensible and reasonably priced hotel near the program – you don’t want to be travelling too far to get there, especially in a city that you may not know.
Travel and Eat Cheaply
Try to find the cheapest way to your interview – that could mean a bus or train, for example, rather than a flight. Equally, driving might be a sensible option for many. Use skyscanner / kayak etc to compare deals if you need to fly. Try to pack as much food as you can, or go to shops rather than restaurants where possible.
Keep Your Clothing Neat
This is vital – you must ensure that you look professional during the interviews. Therefore make sure that you have a sensible way of carrying your clothes which keeps them neat and folded. If necessary, iron items again in the hotel before you interview.
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