Interviews are required for our clinical programs: Doctor of Naturopathic Program (ND), Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization (DAcCHM), and Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization (MAcCHM). We understand that interviewing for medical school is an important professional milestone, and NUNM wants you be prepared.
Your admissions counselor and a faculty member representing the programs you’re applying to will be interviewing you. The interview lasts approximately 45 minutes, and will consist of questions for you. There will also be time for you to ask questions and have general conversation. Here are a few pointers to consider.
1. Understand why you are interested in the profession. Know yourself.
You are entering a specialized field and it is important to have seriously considered why you are interested in becoming a naturopathic physician or classical Chinese medicine practitioner. Do your homework, speak to current physicians or practitioners, review the curricula, and have an understanding of why you are here.
2. Know the contents of your application.
Take time to review your statements, transcripts, and application. The interviewers may ask clarifying questions.
3. Be conscious of your body language.
You are interviewing to become a practitioner or physician, which means interacting with patients in a clinical setting. Patients will expect your body language to be professional and
inclusive. The interview for admission is one way in which you can demonstrate your current level of skill. Crossed arms can communicate not being interested or bored. Poor eye contact communicates insecurity. The interview is the place to demonstrate you have excellent interpersonal communication skills, therefore place your hands comfortably and keep your legs and feet from shaking.
4. First impressions matter.
Dress appropriately for your interview. While NUNM appreciates individuality, this generally means professional attire for the interview. Jeans, yoga pants, and sandals are not examples of professional attire.