In your PA school interview, there will inevitably be answers that tempt you to go negative.
Don't do it! Resist the urge to throw someone under the bus - no matter how much they may deserve it. There will be several questions where you'll be inclined to be pessimistic.
- Describe a situation where your work was criticized.
- Recount a time when you were given critical feedback with which you disagreed.
- What is the most frustrating aspect of your job?
What you say doesn't matter as much as how you say it
What you say doesn't matter as much as how you say it. Do you come across as resentful and angry? Defensive?
When answering questions like this, remember these tips:
- Show your ability to accept and learn from criticism.
- Take responsibility for your actions.
- Demonstrate your commitment to teamwork and collaboration.
- Make negative comments about a coworker or supervisor.
- Shift blame for a problem.
- Use this opportunity to defend yourself.
Learning by example
Here is a great example that demonstrates this point in our mock interview with Pre-PA Lily Boyle. She is asked the common interview question "What is your least favorite class in college?"
Although you can watch the entire interview, I want you to focus on the time from about 8:50 minutes - 10:11 minutes. When you click play, the video should start here automatically.
Notice how Lily takes a negative and turns it into a positive.
- She shows her ability to accept and learn from the difficulty.
- She takes responsibility for her actions.
- She demonstrates a positive attitude in the face of difficult circumstances.
Take-home point: Always be Positive in Your PA School Interview
Practice Makes Perfect
If you would like to schedule a mock interview with one of our team members, visit us here.
"I am so happy to tell you that I got into my choice of PA school here in MI! As a matter of fact, since our mock interview, I have gotten into 3 programs! I must say the prep I had with you adequately prepared me for these interviews. I want to say another BIG THANK YOU." - Oluseyi Sotade, Pre-PA
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