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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Rhiana, Apr 29, 2002.

  1. Rhiana

    Rhiana Senior Member
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    any suggestions would be helpful here. So here's the story. i went to the interview and the second question my interviewer asked was why I'm considered disadvantaged. I told him the story, mom declared unfit, probs with the law, etc. my interviewer says, I didn't see that in your app. He shoves all these papers in my lap and asks me to find where in my app it is. I'm sitting there, with my %&#$ in my hands, trying to find it-no luck. So then he says that he can't really believe what i'm saying because it's not documented. the whole rest of the interview he's grumbling about how people make stuff up at interviewers and "he's not my grandpa", which means exactly what, i don't know. Anyway, OF COURSE, the infos in my app. But it's too late now and i feel like the whole interview was shot after the second question. If you have no credibility, how can they ever accept you.

    any ideas on what i should do or should i just write off the whole interview
     
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  3. showeeeeeeeee

    showeeeeeeeee Senior Member
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    Aw man! You should talk to the dean if you can (unless that was the dean you interviewed with) and explain what happened. I would not be comfortable with that interview. You don't want his prejudices to get in the way of your chances.

    Perhaps you can request another interview too!

    Good luck and keep us posted!
     
  4. CityIvy

    CityIvy Senior Member
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    wow...where was this interview?!
     
  5. lola

    lola Bovine Member
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    oh no! that's really too bad :( don't just write off the interview! you should definitely say something to the dean or admissions office at the school. what they did to you was totally uncalled for. i'm sure they would want to know about it so that it doesn't happen again to someone else. in the very least i think you should write them a letter explaining what happened.
     
  6. jmejia1

    jmejia1 Senior Member
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Rhiana:
    <strong>any suggestions would be helpful here. So here's the story. i went to the interview and the second question my interviewer asked was why I'm considered disadvantaged. I told him the story, mom declared unfit, probs with the law, etc. my interviewer says, I didn't see that in your app. He shoves all these papers in my lap and asks me to find where in my app it is. I'm sitting there, with my %&#$ in my hands, trying to find it-no luck. So then he says that he can't really believe what i'm saying because it's not documented. the whole rest of the interview he's grumbling about how people make stuff up at interviewers and "he's not my grandpa", which means exactly what, i don't know. Anyway, OF COURSE, the infos in my app. But it's too late now and i feel like the whole interview was shot after the second question. If you have no credibility, how can they ever accept you.

    any ideas on what i should do or should i just write off the whole interview</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Why couldn't you find it on the paperwork he handed you? Maybe it was an AMCAS related problem or office mistake?

    Anyway, since it is documented as you explained to him, do write an email to both the dean and director of admission explaining the situation and that indeed your experiences were documented.

    With interviews, it's really the luck of the draw. I had my worst interview with a student at UCSF, I got the impression from the student that my motivation (to help Spanish-speaking immigrant patients with their healthcare) was something she really didn't care much for. I think she might've been one of those that would charge thier patients for a translator. Anyway, I felt like asking for a third interview, but I bit my tongue and now I regret not saying anything post-interview rejection. So I would highly suggest you voice your concern to the school as soon as posssible.
     
  7. darkmatter

    darkmatter Senior Member
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    I think the best way is to arm yourself with documentation and anyting else that will help prove your claims. Then you must find a way to contact your interviewer and make the effort to schedule an appointment with him, no matter how unfriendly he is. Approach the matter with diplomacy and give him the benefit of seeing that you are telling the truth. Make room to apologize for not having it on your application earlier. Do all that before going to the dean, if at all necessary. It's always better to be the better person, no matter how prejudiced the other might be. As an applicant, the idea is to try to win everybody over.
     
  8. altaskier

    altaskier Altaholics Anonymous 92'
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    I agree. Look your interviewer up and prove it to him. You never know! Basically, you have nothing to lose.
     
  9. Rhiana

    Rhiana Senior Member
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    Thanks for the comfort everyone.I'm preparing a letter showing that it was in my original app to begin with. Hope it helps. :(

    CityIvy-It was at UCLA
     
  10. otter

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    I agree with all of the above advices. Just want to say what a jerk your interviewer is. What kind of a person is he to make assumptions about you and then basically call you a liar?!
     
  11. divinemsm

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    REQUEST ANOTHER INTERVIEW. They will most likely accomodate you. A similar thing happened to me, and after I explained the circumstances, I was granted another interview.
     
  12. EpiII

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    I also had my worst interview at UCLA. I called and talked with the people in the office and explained what happened and they offered me another interview or they said that I could have other schools send them their interview summaries as well.

    I decided that 1. I did not want to go back down to LA on my own dime again and 2. I did not want to communicate underhanded messages to other medical schools (like, "I want to go to UCLA more than you".) so I just wrote a letter detailing how I thought this person was prejudiced and asked that they consider that when they made a decision about my app.

    I already had an acceptance in hand at that time and thought I had a good shot at another one as well. If this was my only legit shot, I would have returned for another interview.

    Lily Fobert is the person you should talk to. I would skip talking with the interviewer personally. The person has already made up their mind (in fact they did it before the interview) which shows that they will not listen to your reasons or logic.
     
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    If I can be of any more help, PM me and we can talk that way as well.
     
  14. LilMissDrDoolittle

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Epi:
    <strong>If I can be of any more help, PM me and we can talk that way as well.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">So what ever happened? Did you end up getting in to UCLA?
     
  15. trying2becomeMD

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    Rhiana,

    I feel your frustration. I know first hand how interviewer's bad attitude can be devastating.

    I interviewed at X school back in february. During the interview, the interviewer proceeded to say condescending things about immigration in general (my family immigrated to this country 13 years ago) and asked my opinion about the differences in medical practices in Korea vs US. I know a little about the system, since I was only 13 when I moved here. I was not able to give him specific details of Korean health care system vs U.S. And I told him that. I felt very uncomfortable during the entire interview, because we did not talk about my personal qualification. He said that from reading my application he knew that I had plenty of extracurricular activities/good recommendations, so he was not going to go into details on any of them. And he wasn't interested in talking about my motivations, my interet, etc. During 20 minutes (while others had 1 hour interview) I felt very dissapointed that I had to listen to this narrow minded guy who wanted to talk about why he thinks immigration is a big problem, how he thinks that other countries need to get their acts together in order to improve themselves, etc etc.

    Then for my second interview, the interviewer was 15 minutes late. I felt a little better with him, because he was paying attention to what I had to say, but it was only because I was really prepared to answer his "why do you want to become a doctor?" question by that time. I was so determined to convey my motivation to him that I think I took about 15 minutes to answer that question. I felt so much better, but unlike other schools where interviewers looked at me, gave me comments, etc, he was so darn busy writing my comments on his paper, he didn't even look up during the entire conversation. Then at the end, he told me how living in the community, I may feel a little uncomfortable since I would be perceived as "foreigner/international student". Now I get what he is saying, but I am a US citizen (therefore not an "international student" and I was offended that he made a point to say that.

    Overall, I felt really crummy about the interview. Because this school's acceptance ratio after interview is very low, I was convinced that I would be rejected. I was just about to withdraw my application before hearing back from them, but decided to wait to see the result anyway. Then I was notified that I was accepted!

    I hope that things will work out for you. Let us know what you decide to do. You should feel great that you interviewed at UCLA!
     
  16. Ceez

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Rhiana:
    <strong>any suggestions would be helpful here. So here's the story. i went to the interview and the second question my interviewer asked was why I'm considered disadvantaged. I told him the story, mom declared unfit, probs with the law, etc. my interviewer says, I didn't see that in your app. He shoves all these papers in my lap and asks me to find where in my app it is. I'm sitting there, with my %&#$ in my hands, trying to find it-no luck. So then he says that he can't really believe what i'm saying because it's not documented. the whole rest of the interview he's grumbling about how people make stuff up at interviewers and "he's not my grandpa", which means exactly what, i don't know. Anyway, OF COURSE, the infos in my app. But it's too late now and i feel like the whole interview was shot after the second question. If you have no credibility, how can they ever accept you.

    any ideas on what i should do or should i just write off the whole interview</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"><img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> sorry, Rhiana. Your interviewer sounds like a real jerk. I didn't have that great of an interview either that day. My interview was a clinical researcher who was neither a prof nor a MD. And he seemed to know very little about my application.

    Anyone, I would definitely contact the admissions office, or better yet, the Dean and let him know what happened.

    Good luck. And, damn, I hope we both end up at UCLA in the Fall. :)
     
  17. Rhiana

    Rhiana Senior Member
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    Oh man Ceez, I was really pulling for you. I've decided to call tomarrow and see if they are will ing to accomadate me in any way. It was so frustrating because afterward Amanda(our tour guide)drove me to the airport and we hung out for a couple of hours.I had a really great time than I think of the interview and my heart sinks.

    Who knows, maybe UCLA just does sh$%# interviews
     
  18. Cody1MD

    Cody1MD USF MPH/DrPH
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    I would have made sure that interviewer got his.
    :mad: :mad: :mad:
     

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