Candidates work hard during their medical education and interview preparation and receive an invitation letter for the residency program. After all the diligent effort, it is not wise to sit back and wait for the National Resident Matching Program. After the interview, the candidates have a chance to make a good impact. The time between the interview and matching program is the golden time to utilize and making a good impression on the Program Director.

Residency program interviews can be frightening and scary because every applicant tries to do his best to increase his possibilities of getting selected in the residency program. This results in added pressure on their minds so that they may fit in the required programs. Due to this pressure and trying to be the best, applicants make errors that harm their performance on the day of the interview and they usually start feeling nervous and stressed. Here we will discuss some of the Dos and Don’ts of post-interview communication with the program director.

DO’s

Thank you Note or Email:

After the interview candidate should send some sort of note maybe a handwritten note or an email in which he/she should thank the program director for the interview. Thank you letter especially a handwritten note is a nice touch and made a good impression of yourself in the mind of the program director. If more than one person has interviewed you, send a thank you letter to all of them separately. This will show that you appreciate their time and you think of them. A post-interview letter is also a good way to express yourself for one more time.

Apart from this, a small explanation about the type of role you can perform is a good thing to add in a post-interview letter or email. The email or letter should be precise and short, and the candidate

should keep in mind that the post-interview letter is not an explanation or repetition of the interview, so don’t add all the things that you said in the interview. Don’t even have grammatical or spelling mistakes in any of the post-interview letters, emails, or notes.

Be Patient while Waiting for Recommendation Letter:

The appointing process is time taking and hectic. The program manager and interviews may take some extra time to hire the perfect candidates for the jobs. The candidate should wait patiently for the outcome of the interview. Avoid asking about the interview result while communicating with the program director. If you are impatient, you can’t do good for yourself. You will only harass the program director, which may have negative consequences on your interview results.

Also, avoid seeking updates about when the result will be announced. Talk about your interest in a specific position or the reason why you are best for the required job during a conversation with the program director.

Self Evaluation:

Look back on your interview to evaluate your performance and try to think which questions you have answered properly and which ones have given you a hard time. This will help you in post-interview communication with the program director if he/she asks similar questions during future communication. In addition to this, assessing your shortcomings help you to learn and progress by working on them. You should not only work for getting a job but should also learn to be competent.

Remain in Contact with Program Director:

Show interest in the job you are applying for or have interviewed for. Try to connect to the interviewers, program director, and other employees via LinkedIn or email. This is a friendly

gesture and makes the mind of the employer clearer about your positivity. Interviewer or employer will also think that you are looking forward to working with them. Connecting with employees and other people in your field will also help you in the future in seeking a job or professional help.

Follow-up:

Continue to follow-up until the results. Sitting back and relaxing after you are done with the interview is not a good option. Remain in contact with the hiring manager so that he/she may not forget you while doing the hiring process for the jobs.

DON’Ts

Avoid Gifts:

Don’t show irresponsible or unprofessional behavior with your program director. Sending over different gifts like chocolate, flowers, or expensive gifts is unethical. Sending a box of tea along with your CV is a much better option and may distinguish you from other candidates.

Don’t Try to Annoy the Program Manager:

Don’t pressurize your hiring manager or program director by making phone calls or text messages and asking about your status or chances for the job. It will affect your hiring chances. Apart from that, just a few emails are better to remind the program manager of yourself and to get information about the hiring process.

Don’t Respond in Negative Way:

Don’t respond negatively to the hiring manager or program director or any other employee of the company if your interview didn’t go well. Even if you have got a job from another company or are not interested in working with them, you should behave well. People who belong to the same

professional fields may encounter each other more often. So if you are ending or not willing to work at a specific company, you should end on good terms.

Stop Contact in Case of Rejection:

Avoid contacting the program director or hiring manager in case you are informed about your rejection or non-recommendation.

Don’t be Overconfident:

Don’t be overconfident about the chances of your employment and try to limit your hopes and wishes because if you are rejected, it will cause disappointment. You can also avoid this disappointment by applying for a job at more than one place, which will increase your chance of getting the job. Don’t stop applying for different job interviews because you can’t predict the results of your previous interview.

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