Residency Interview Survival Guide (part 2): What’s in the suitcase/bag?
I’m not going to tell you about the obvious things. I’m going to suggest some packing some things designed to address the most common “oh shit” moments that occur during interview season.
1. A small travel sewing kit with the spare buttons to your shirts and jackets.
2. Tide pen/bleach pen. I saw someone with old spaghetti sauce stains on their white shirt. First: bad impression. Second: easily avoidable.
3. Packs of tissue. Multiple uses. Always good to have 2 or 3 in the suitcase, take one pack with you
4. Lyft and/or Uber account for when rides fall through or when you find out that the pre-interview dinner isn’t as close to the hotel as previously claimed. Or it starts to rain/snow and you walked to dinner or the interview.
5. Your phone, COMPLETELY OFF. Checking your phone during the interview day is the kiss of death.
6. A copy of your resume, electronic or paper version. Review it quickly the night before your interview
7. Plastic bags. Especially as we approach winter. Your shoes and clothes might get wet. Don’t pack a wet suitcase that you lug to your next interview, only to find that even your nice, dry clothes are now gross and soggy.
8. An emergency cash fund of at least $50-75 in the wallet at all times.
9.Breath mints. Don’t bring gum. Gum requires spitting out. Some people also find gum chewing super disrespectful on interview day, dental hygiene be damned.
20 December 1944. Belgium. The American M36 Jackson tank destroyer on the chassis of the M4 Sherman tank in the Ardennes forest moves past the other, has slipped from the icy roads. The column is sent to the front to stop the German offensive