October 9, 2020

Nervous yet?

Ah yes, virtual interview season. These words are likely to bring sweaty palms and heart palpitations to many a resident candidate across this great land. Zoom? Skype? What to wear? What to say? Is this thing on? It’s all a little overwhelming.

Some people talk more when they are nervous, some go completely blank. What can we do as humans—subjected to a computer screen interview—to make the people on the other side take note of our dazzling personality and an assumption that we would give a firm handshake? Tell a story! But make it a good one.

You want me to tell a story? But why?

Telling stories is the most powerful way to communicate information. According to the one and only, Tony Robbins, “The power of a single story goes far beyond simply relaying facts and data. Stories emotionalize information. They give color and depth to otherwise bland material and they allow people to connect with the message in a deeper, more meaningful way.”

You may be thinking – great. I have an Uncle that loves to tell stories, especially after a few drinks, and there is no way I’m doing that!

There is a strategy – STARL

Think of your experiences, of all you’ve conquered and learned – there are likely a ton of triumphs you could talk about that you may not even realize. Run your story through the STARL framework – situation, task, action, results and learning. To really shine on your potential, focus on the “L” and refine the lessons you’ve learned. Sharing your insights, while it may feel vulnerable, takes a lot of self-awareness and shows that you’re willing to learn. After all, residency is learning, learning and more learning. Be sure to demonstrate you’re good at it!

Communicating your potential begins with believing in your potential. Establish the right balance between confidence and humility.

The people on the other side of the screen will take notice – and feel that strong handshake at the end.

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