correlation between interview and height of applicant???

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  1. poloace

    poloace Senior Member

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    now... this could be far-fetched. but, in any of your interviewing experiences, did you guys find that if you were shorter you were generally treated better/worse than someone else? i'm 6'2, and in general, i command some sort of respect cuz of my height. i know i'm not that tall, but i've been in situations where people are intimidated by me. i was just wondering if people found that their height affected their interview in any way. maybe people could post their height and just a general summary as to whether or not they had difficulties during interviews... i would be very interested to analyze the findings. -
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  3. Papa Smurf

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    And to think I thought I had seen it all. Guess I was wrong.
     
  4. poloace

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    papa-
    you dont think that there's any correlation? i'd wager that you're wrong.... let's make this interesting... perhaps a stroll in the woods with smurfette??? come on pops. another question. how have you managed to post 1800 times in 5 months? i've been here for nearly 2 years... wow.
     
  5. Diogenes

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    It's not 5 months. Look at a calendar bro.

    As for the correlation, I think it does not exist. Most interviews take place sitting down. Also, since you are talking to a faculty member, and you are a peon applicant, I think the intimidation is supposed to be the other way around.
     
  6. poloace

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    is it not july 2002? wouldn't registering in feb 2002 until now be 5 months... let's see. let's count the months between february and now..

    MARCH (1)
    APRIL (2)
    MAY (3)
    JUNE (4)
    JULY (5)

    ...
    hmm.... how'd you rock those math SATs? that 200 you get for signing your name must have really helped your shi* out.
     
  7. Mr. H

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    well I have read that men who are tall tend to be more successful, as CEO's for example.

    now I don't know if their is an underlying bias that pervades our society, or if it's simply the confidence gained by being taller and more intimidating, but I bet their would be a correlation.

    But of course, I am 6'5", so a bias could be at work here :)
     
  8. poloace

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    mr. h-
    have you interviewed before? are you in med school yet... i'd like to hear your take on the process...
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  9. vixen

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    wow, you must be makin friends everywhere! :rolleyes: Can I be your friend....please?? :rolleyes:
     
  10. poloace

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    vixen-
    hey, if they're going to call me out on my counting skills... i think i have a right to defend them (my skills).
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  11. Diogenes

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    What a doofus you are. Before you flame someone, make sure you aren't going to get burned yourself.

    Papa registered on Feb 9, 2002. You can check this by clicking on his profile. So until March 9 is one month, April 9 is 2 months, May 9 is 3 months, June 9 is 4 months, July 9 is 5 months, and this is July 29, which makes it 5 months and 3 weeks.

    5 months is different than 5 months and three weeks. Most people would round that to 6 months. If you aren't most people, that's fine.


    As for my math SATs, given the percentile I scored in, I am virtually assured of scoring higher than you. Thanks for asking though.
     
  12. Diogenes

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    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    Children don't count.
     
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    To hop into the wrong side of an arguement. I think height actually would make a difference. I'm fairly sure that height intimidates people, at the very least subconcously. You do walk into the room and shake the hand, so I think they still do notice the height. Just my .02
     
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    I'm with Jalby on this one - there is a strong correlation between height and income, for both males and females. I suspect the interview plays a role in this.
     
  15. dr kevin40

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    what about for ppl that are shorter than say 5'9"? was that common to see in guys during ur interviews?

    just fo the record, i'm not shorter than 5'9. and i don't add inches to my hieght like most guys :)
     
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  17. Diogenes

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    I think that as a general rule there is a subconscious height intimidation going on, but I think that the measurable effect is negligible. There are too many other factors involved. Since hieght is neutralized by sitting down, it seens that one's skin color, hair, voice, etc. (i.e. things that are constant throughout the interview) would have more effect on the interviewer than height.

    I'm 6'4", and I believe I have experienced the height intimidation effect, and my med school interviews were one time when I was pretty certain that it was not ocurring.

    Plus the OP is 6'2", and most of my interviewers were males over 6'0".
     
  18. pbehzad

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    ive heard that taller men do get paid more.
    unfortunately, im at the raw end of deal, only being 5'7" i think i should rethink med school. who cares about what my grades or mcat scores are, adcoms only care about my height.
     
  19. dr kevin40

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    i have to say tho that this thread is really funny :)
     
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    Maybe they should include height into your gpa/mcat computation. :laugh:
     
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    I hope that height helps
     
  22. Diogenes

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    That only hold true for recent elections -- since Carter, I think.

    Except I thought Gore was taller than Bush (is he?). Oh well, he did get more popular votes, so maybe the correlation will be modified to include that if he is taller.

    Certainly sometimes, maybe even often, in the past the taller candidate won -- like Lincoln -- but the correlation people of often talk of now is a recent streak.
     
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    I think you want to be able to look those six footer doctors in the eye, scienceriot. ;) I'm just ~5'8 so I have to wear heels just to be normal. :)
     
  24. WSUreds

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    Dude, talk about anal.
     
  25. poloace

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    wsu-
    what did you expect from a forum like this...
    i've contacted the administrators to change the name of the site to :
    iwanttogotomedschoolandimanal.com

    should be a good time
     
  26. Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]

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    the height is not that improtant. The length is the one that matters in MedSchool Admission. You're average. So I would not worry about that.
     
  27. Papa Smurf

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    The only physical characteristic that I believe can hurt one in an interview is their weight. If an applicant comes in and is obscenely obese, that certainly isn't going to help their cause. The interviewer will prolly be thinking, "this guy can't even take care of himself, how in the hell is he gonna convince his patients to take care of themselves??" It's not right to judge by those characteristics in an admissions process that purports itself to be the ultimate "meritocracy," but I'd wager obese people have difficulty getting into med school all else being equal. As far as height is concerned, unless you're 4'3" tall, I don't think your height really matters. Your fate isn't decided until after the interview, and when your file is being presented in front of the admissions committee, no one is going to inquire about your height. As far as my number of posts is concerned, I defer that question to foxy. ;)
     
  28. Adcadet

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    I'd bet beeing taller is an advantage, though it's hard to say how much. To do a proper study of height and med school admissions I think you'd need to do an absolutely huge study to even try to get significance. I'm pretty such a cross sectional study has been done to correlate income to height has been done, as others have suggested.

    I hope other factors swamp out the height disadvantage for me.... not that 5 feet 6.5 inches is too short.
     
  29. Diogenes

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    Well, you might as well not waste your time. Don't you know that med schools have signs like amusement parks? "You must be at least this tall to ride.":rolleyes:
     
  30. dr kevin40

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    wow r u seriously only 5'6.5? that's kinda sad.
     
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    you know what else is ....
     
  32. Adcadet

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    Yes, I really am only five foot six and one-half inches. I didn't think I was that short, until now....Thanks.
     
  33. Adcadet

    Adcadet Long way from Gate 27

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    no, I don't. Care to elaborate?
     
  34. WSUreds

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    I really can't say whether my height had any correlation to the interview success I had. I am on the tall end of stick, about 6'6'', so that might be a little too tall for some people. I mean I think it is all how you carry yourself and not how tall you are.
     
  35. Diogenes

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    I agree.
     
  36. jaboy

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    how tall are you?
     
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    aww, I thought I'd be at the top of the distribution (6 foot 6, 220 lbs). I'm got an equal apparently ;)
     
  38. jaboy

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    Yes it is really sad. You really should have had taller parents. Maybe you could sue them?:rolleyes:
     
  39. Adcadet

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    The lawsuit is pending. But it's really hard to sue my dad, who's 5'10". My mom on the other hand is screwed - she's only 5'4".
     
  40. oldman

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    i'm 5'6.5" too, but luckily i give out sexual favors.
     
  41. Diogenes

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    With the help of your little blue pal named Viagra, eh oldman?
     
  42. poloace

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    diogenes... you see- i think he was more referring to the seven foot women whose bellies line up with his forehead... HA- you clever bastard you... :D
     
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    you're both right cause i'm versatile like that :)
     
  44. poloace

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    you got the verstality and the mobility in little willy nilly... shi... you be getting some crazy poon- what the dilly?
     
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    this is a stupid thread - but since everyone in chiming in... and based on the idea that opinions are like a$$holes (everyone has one):
    I think being to tall hurts you. I used to play ball and was around some seriously tall guys a lot - most people look at them like freaks. And on top of that, aside from the basketball court, most looked very goofy. I think a little height probably helps establish your credibility - but too tall >6'3" and you look ridiculous.
    Have you ever seen a suit on a 6'6" guy - the pants go one forever.
    :p
     
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    Hey AdCadet, don't worry, I am only 5'1! But I don't think my height affected my interviews at all. If anything, my interviewers probably thought I was "cute", playing dressup and pretend (I also look like I am in high school)...I am just wondering how my patients will see me in the future my rotations start next year!)
    Dana
     
  47. vixen

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    I'm almost 5'2! :clap: Being short does help w/other stuff though ;)
     
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    anyone else wonder if guys often add an inch to their height, and girls often subtract an inch?
     
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    I don't think height necessarily matters that much for girls.

    jaboy,

    i'm 5'11.5. never quite made it to that 6'1 goal of mine but oh well. i'm tall for my ethnicity
     
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    bikiniprincess,

    never noticed that girls subtract, but i know most guys add 1-2 inches to their height.
     
  51. riley290

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    I'm 5' 8" and consider myself a little short. But I don't think adcoms will line have two candidates who are both equally qualified and decide by who's taller, I much prefer the coin toss.
     

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