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Hi all,

I got invited for a pre-interview dinner, but I have no idea how I should prepare for it, is it a casual thing or should I dress up for it, how should I act etc or maybe its better to skip it and just go for the IV

I appreciate if you can share your ideas and experiences
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Hi all,

I got invited for a pre-interview dinner, but I have no idea how I should prepare for it, is it a casual thing or should I dress up for it, how should I act etc or maybe its better to skip it and just go for the IV

I appreciate if you can share your ideas and experiences
Make sure you go, it is just as important as iv. Dress depends, male or female? Id suggest semi-formal to formal.
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Thank you! do you have any previous experiences/ any more advice?
btw I'm male! so semi-formal like a shirt & tie?
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Id like to know this too but im a female..
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I have the same questions regarding pre-interview dinner? What to wear, what kind of discussion? Your input will be appreciated.
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I went to one of these last week, so I can only provide insight based on this one program. I hope others can also share their experiences, as each group is probably somewhat different.

In regards to dress. Most of the male residents were wearing khakis/slacks and a shirt without a tie (some even untucked shirts). Most of the female residents were wearing skirts or dresses. I wore slacks with a shirt and tie, but I felt somewhat overdressed. Probably no tie for me next time.

The evening began with introductions and simple conversation. We ordered food, some of the residents ordered drinks. I felt a little compelled to have a drink with them, so I ordered one too. I kept it to nursing a drink for the duration of the evening. The evening progressed from discussions on the program, to medical discussions and interesting patients, and eventually to various funny stories and jokes. The group of residents all seemed to be good friends.

My main concern on the evening was how I would be perceived for not drinking alcohol with the residents. They asked me a couple times to have another drink with them. I told them I did not want to be hungover for the interview, but they seemed kind of put off by this

All in all, I guess I will have to wait to see if I handled it appropriately lol.

My questions for you guys is on the alcohol thing...how to handle the pressure to drink in such a setting?

Hope my experience helps, and hope others can provide further input.
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I went to one of these last week, so I can only provide insight based on this one program. I hope others can also share their experiences, as each group is probably somewhat different.

In regards to dress. Most of the male residents were wearing khakis/slacks and a shirt without a tie (some even untucked shirts). Most of the female residents were wearing skirts or dresses. I wore slacks with a shirt and tie, but I felt somewhat overdressed. Probably no tie for me next time.

The evening began with introductions and simple conversation. We ordered food, some of the residents ordered drinks. I felt a little compelled to have a drink with them, so I ordered one too. I kept it to nursing a drink for the duration of the evening. The evening progressed from discussions on the program, to medical discussions and interesting patients, and eventually to various funny stories and jokes. The group of residents all seemed to be good friends.

My main concern on the evening was how I would be perceived for not drinking alcohol with the residents. They asked me a couple times to have another drink with them. I told them I did not want to be hungover for the interview, but they seemed kind of put off by this

All in all, I guess I will have to wait to see if I handled it appropriately lol.

My questions for you guys is on the alcohol thing...how to handle the pressure to drink in such a setting?

Hope my experience helps, and hope others can provide further input.
Wow... I have religious restrictions for not drinking Alcohol. I would certainly be honest about it if faced with such situation
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Default Nailing your pre-interview dinner

I'm glad these questions have been brought up.

The pre-interview dinner is an opportunity to shine. Make no mistake, this is something that is designed to evaluate you. It is a time where you can demonstrate that in a social setting, you are a pleasant person to talk to. Here are some tips.

1) Try your best to sit with a few residents. They will usually automatically organize themselves to be available, but you do not want to be stuck in the corner of the table with only co-candidates.

2) Dress conservatively and appropriately. Guys/girls, this does NOT mean suits. Guys, a simple khaki and button down shirt without a tie is appropriate. Ladies - avoid anything low cut or provocative.

3) The most important things to remember are to not be difficult.

Here are some tips:
--Do not talk exclusively about yourself and your accomplishments
--Ask more about how the residents like the programs and what they love about their residency. Avoid NEGATIVE questions. People automatically become defensive.
--Try to also talk to your co-applicants. It is obvious to the residents when you ignore your other applicants.
--Avoid talking about good or bad aspects of other programs. You can simply say: "this program would be an honor to train at."
--Have safe, generic questions to ask. Ask residents about great restaurants or fun things to do. They'll want to sell the location.

At the end of the dinner, you want the residents to remember you as a someone very fun to talk to. You want them to remember that you asked good, positive questions and show great enthusiasm.

Hope this helps.

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