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In after a bad interview?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by muonwhiz, Mar 21, 2001.

  1. muonwhiz

    muonwhiz Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2001
    Has anyone out there gotten in at a school where they considered themselves to have had a bad interview? I had a panel interview where I felt like I just couldn't make a connection with them, and it felt very weird. I spoke to a couple of other students who interviewed that day with the same panel, and they felt the same way. We all felt like reject letters were coming for us. Post up your stories of triumph and woe!
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  3. jimmybee

    jimmybee Med/Peds Resident 10+ Year Member

    Jul 5, 2000
    Hi....I personally had an interview that I felt didn't go so hot, but still received an acceptance from their school. At KCOM, my interviewer and I basically argued about what their school and another school I was already accepted to had to offer me. I felt that the interviewer was almost too direct and made me feel uncomfortable.
    Also, I know a friend that interviewed at AZCOM and felt that her interview was very bad only to be accepted a few weeks later. She said that the rest of the interviewers had similar feelings, but in the end it went ok.

  4. Speaking from experience, it is totally hard to judge if it went well or not because everyone is so on edge when interviewed. It's kind of like the syndrome when everyone comes out of a tests thinking they all flunked.
  5. kidterrific

    kidterrific Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 12, 2000
    Detroit, MI
    Be cool, my brother. DMU gave me the worst interview of my life, and I got in. Keep hope alive. In corresponding with you, I see that you are relatively 'normal' so I wouldn't worry.

    You'll be fine.

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  6. Doc Oc

    Doc Oc Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Gee, acceptances after bad interviews...maybe I am just particularly hard on myself, but I got in to two schools after experiencing what I had considered to be not so much bad interviews,but rather poor representations of myself. At Wayne State, I felt I was a little flaky. For some reason, my "speech punctuation" was out of whack, so instead of ending my sentences concisely with a period, I kept trailing off, or even worse, ending them with a "I don't know...." or "you know...". I wasn't surprised at my wait-list, but last week I got the acceptance phone call. At MSUCOM, I interviewed strongly, but I felt that some of my answers were "wrong", and could see that on one interviewer's face. She asked what I would do if accepted to only MD schools. I said I'd go. She did not like that. We got into a lengthy debate on my motivations, but I held my ground and we ended up changing the subject. The discussion left a bad taste in my mouth, although I love a debate, and I thought I wouldn't get in there either. Finally, my interview at LECOM was horrible. I was tired, I yawned once, and the interviewers never even looked at me. They kept cutting me off with new questions. I managed to keep my head together and finish the old question along with answering the new, but near the end of the interview, when they interrupted me midsentence, I waited for them to finish the question, then ignored it and finished what i was saying before without acknowledging it. Then, I said "In answer to your next question,...". I tried to do it tactfully, but I got a few raised eyebrows. I was so red-faced by the end of that interview though. My point? It may seem like you are getting bad feedback during an interview, but it doesn't necessarily mean your chances are ruined. Sometimes it's a test. At my UVM interview, I passed out. I'm wait-listed there. I passed right out onto the floor after the interview, when I stood up, sprained my ankle on the way down, and I didn't get outright rejected!

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