Congratulations on being offered an invitation to interview for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Regis University! With interviews quickly approaching, it is important to get all of your last minute questions answered, and calm any of those interview day nerves. Students from Regis Physical Therapy Class of 2023 and Class of 2024 have worked together to provide helpful information and tips to be successful on interview day.
Q: When will interviews be held?
A: Interviews will be held on Friday, January 21st and Monday, January 24th. There will be a morning and an afternoon session on both days. Interview candidates should have already received information on which interview session they will be attending. Please check your email if you are still unsure as to what time your interview is being held.
Q: What can I expect on interview day now that it is virtual?
A: Interview candidates should plan to check-in to their interview 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled interview time. Following check-in, there will be a brief introduction followed by either the group interview, or student led panels and a virtual tour. Following the completion of the activities of the day, the interview candidates will reconvene online for closing remarks.
Q: What should I wear for interviews?
A: Business attire is expected. A blazer or suit jacket along with a nice button up shirt or blouse is typical along with dress pants. With the interviews being online, it may seem like a good idea to only dress professionally from the waist up. It is strongly encouraged to dress professionally from top to bottom to ensure that there are not any wardrobe mishaps on interview day. Additionally, dressing for the part may help you feel more confident and prepared stepping into the interviews.
Q: How should I prepare for the interview?
A: You have already started! Reading this blog post and other posts is a great way to receive information on Regis’ DPT program. We would also recommend that you take a look at the program website located here and the Regis DPT instagram: @regis_dpt. It is also a good idea to become familiar with Regis’ Jesuit values as these values are integrated into our education as students of physical therapy.
Q: Will there be a chance for me to ask questions during my interview?
A: Yes, there will be a chance to ask faculty questions during the hour long interview. These questions should remain professional as it is still a part of the interview. There will also be a time during the student panel to ask questions regarding student life and any other topics that you would like.
Q: I still feel like I have more questions. What should I do?
A: There should be additional information in the emails that you have already received. That is a good place to start. You should have received an email with links to informational zoom presentations on various topics that will be held during the week before interviews. If you still have questions that have not been answered, please feel free to reach out to one of the amazing students on the admissions team. Sam Snyder and Jillian Schmidt are second year students in the program and have previous experience working on the admissions process from last years interviews. Adrianna Simmons and Ryan McIntyre are first year students and are new to the admissions team, but both went through the online interview process during last years interview. All four students are more than willing to help answer any of your questions regarding Regis and the interview process to the best of their ability.
Tips for Success
- Give yourself plenty of time to wake up before your scheduled interview time.
- Make sure that your audio and video setup works the night before your interview.
- Do test Zoom calls with friends or family so you can get used to talking to a computer.
- Be respectful of the other interviewees in the call. Be sure to make your statement, while not interrupting or overstepping the other candidates.
- Review all the materials that Regis sends out prior to interviews, including Jesuit values! This may include doing your own research about the program.
- ASK QUESTIONS. Show the interviewers that you care!
- Make yourself stand out. It is important that the faculty get a good sense of who you actually are. Be true to yourself and feel free to discuss any unique experiences that you have had.
- Use the setting of a virtual interview to ask any questions about the school’s response to COVID and how this has affected the learning process.
- Have pen and paper nearby to take notes during the interview. This will not only help you stay engaged, but will also help later on when deciding on whether or not to attend Regis’ program.
- Think of the interview as a conversation with the faculty and the other interviewees. Remember, the other interview candidates may be your future classmates and the faculty may be your future professors and colleagues!