What You Need to Know about Interviews During the Post-Match SOAP
One of the most common questions many residency candidates may have about the Post-Match SOAP® is whether or not residency programs conduct interviews during Match Week for the Post-Match SOAP.
The answer is yes. After submitting your maximum 45 SOAP applications, programs may reach out to request a virtual interview.
Most of the time, programs will contact residency candidates they are interested in through email, so it is very important to check your email (including your Junk/Spam Folder) often during the early part of Match Week. However, programs can also contact you directly over the phone or through your ERAS account, so be sure to keep an eye on not only your listed email but also your phone and ERAS account.
** Remember, residency candidates are prohibited from initiating first contact with programs. Programs must initiate first contact.
Post-Match Virtual Interviews
Today, virtual interviews have become the norm. If you don’t have much experience interviewing virtually, you’ll want to practice in the days leading up to the SOAP. You can do this with a trusted friend or family member. Also, consider signing up for our Interview Prep package, which includes detailed AI feedback on your performance during a recorded sample response.
Tips for Virtual Interviews
- Practice, practice, practice to gain familiarity in front of the camera
- Remember, look at the camera, not the screen
- If it helps, tape googly eyes next to the camera to know where to look interviewers in the “eyes”
- Move the view window that shows the interviewer nearer to the camera
- Be familiar with all your application materials
- Have Zoom/Skype downloaded beforehand with a professional username and icon
- Pick a clean, quiet, and well-lit place to have the interview. Don’t forget what might be in the background! If there are going to be other people around, let them know you will be having an important interview
- Close all background programs on your computer
- Right before the interview, take time to freshen up your hair and check your teeth
- Dress professionally
Post-Match Phone Interviews
Phone interviews are fairly straightforward. As such, they are usually about 15 to 20 minutes with the same content and questions that are covered in virtual residency interviews. So, the only real difference is you will not be able to read the interviewer’s body language and tone could be hard to interpret.
Tips for Phone Interviews
- Have your application materials printed out and on hand for quick reference. This includes your MyERAS Application, Personal Statement, and any Letters or Recommendation you may have on hand (that you did not waive the right to see)
- If you aren’t confident on the phone, practice with a friend to increase your comfort and skill
- Make sure you have a quiet place to talk; eliminate all distractions like the television, music, or outside noise
- Be sure to take time and listen to your interviewer before speaking; don’t cut them off until they are done asking the question
- Dress for an interview to put yourself in the right mindset, even if they can’t see you
- Keep pen and paper around to write notes and stay focused
- Just before the interview, drink some tea with honey or water to clear your throat
- Do not hang up without establishing your next step
Also, if you have either type of interview, do not forget to email a Thank You message after the interview!
So, you might feel overwhelmed by the quick pace of the SOAP. But remember, SOAP interviews are similar to Main Match Season interviews in protocol. Prepare for the interview like you would any other interview and be confident! For additional tips on interviewing, check out Match A Resident’s YouTube channel and watch our Interview Prep Series!
Finally, for help navigating the SOAP, including this year’s timeline and information about our Program Compatibility Search, visit us at ElectronicResidency.com!
(Content Updated: March 4, 2022)