Why do you want to be a PA? We have helped 100's of PA school applicants just like you answer this question. We offer affordable, recorded online interviews with an unprecedented chance for self-critique. Our current PA school mock interview status: Accepting Appointments
At this point in the application process, you should realize that the interview is all that counts.
Everything else—your education, work experience, essay, test scores—simply support this crucial meeting.
Remember that statistics are cold and cerebral. Just because you have a 4.0-grade point average and you scored well on your GRE does not mean that you will automatically be accepted into PA school.
The admissions committee wants to learn more about you as a person.
Are you likable? Are you compassionate? Do you fully understand the role of the PA? Are you mature? Can you handle stress?
- Can the interviewer visualize you as a colleague?
- Are you overconfident?
- Are you trustworthy?
- Are you energetic?
- Would the interviewer want you taking care of him or her as a patient?
- Are you an effective communicator?
The interview is your chance to sell yourself to the committee. Your grades, GRE scores, and essay were already good enough to get you this far. It is now time to concentrate on making an emotional connection with all of the committee members.
How do you do this? Practice!
Practice, Practice, and More PracticeThe best way to prepare is to complete mock interviews to help you gain confidence to share about yourself and your desire to become a PA. - Yale University PA ProgramClick To Tweet
The best way to prepare for your PA school interview is through the necessary and uncomfortable art of interview practice.
Sure, you can practice with friends and family, and I encourage you to do this, but the most efficient way is to sit across from a PA school admissions expert who understands the system and who will give you honest feedback and guidance throughout the process.
The admissions committee selects candidates on the basis of emotion and justifies its decision with facts. The ultimate decision of whether to accept you into the program is mainly influenced by emotional factors rather than rational factors alone.
Is it nerve-wracking to bear your soul to a stranger over your webcam? Yes, maybe a bit, but I can guarantee you, the practice you put in now before the actual interview makes the world of difference come interview day. For many of our clients, it proves to be the most important decision they ever made.
Comprehensive Mock PA School Interview Package
With our comprehensive mock interview package, you'll receive a 45-minute live mock video interview, feedback, and suggestions for improvement, a link to watch and replay your recorded interview as many times as you like, along with expert strategies and tips to make your interview day a success.
This package will provide the help you need to prepare for your PA school interview -- and reduce your stress level. It's fixed price and you can schedule follow-up interviews at a reduced price.
What questions do we ask?
Just as schools are different, so are their interviews. You’re never going to prepare for all the questions PA schools might throw at you. But, memorizing and preparing rote answers to regurgitate back at the admissions committee should never be your goal. In fact, rehearsed answers are the kiss of death. Some schools actually score your interview in part on how scripted your answers sound!
We have polled 100's of physician assistant programs, PA school admission directors, and PA students from across the country to come up with a working formula for success.
I encourage you to prepare a bit, by looking over my list of The Top 46 Physician Assistant Applicant Interview Questions as a gentle primer.
- PA Profession. You must demonstrate knowledge of the PA history and role in health care. Know how to answer: How would you define being a PA? Be original! We know the AAPA definition, we want to know your answer.
- Describe what is most appealing about the PA profession to you. This may be flexibility, the autonomy provided in the doctor-PA role or the opportunities for PA to practice in rural primary care offices.
- Describe the PA and supervising physician roles.
- Describe interactions with PA. This could come from shadowing a PA, volunteering with PA or even talking your own primary care PA.
- Describe your greatest strength and weakness.
- Describe a challenge you faced during college and how you overcame it.
- What was your most challenging college course and why?
- How do you see the healthcare field changing and how will this effect the role of PAs.
- Where will you be in five years?
* If you have volunteered, shadowed or had direct-patient care, be sure to mention this during your interview questions.
* Prior to your interview, have the school put you in touch with a student or alumnus to discuss the program. Not only can you gain valuable information about the program, but describing this conversation during your interview will let the program (and us) know you are particularly interested in their program and you’re willing to go above and beyond the normal call of duty.
What to Wear for Your Mock Interview
It may seem silly to get dressed up for your mock interview, but it is important that you are wearing the same attire you plan to wear on your interview day. This means suits and dress shoes. Women might wear a skirt or pantsuit with heels, while men may wear a blazer or suit jacket, button down shirt, suit pants, a tie and dress shoes.
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