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Interview Question Response

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by TPBC, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. TPBC

    TPBC Member 10+ Year Member

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    Hi,
    I have an interview coming up. What are some good responses to the frequently asked question, "What would you like us to pass on to the admissions committee on your behalf?"
    Thanks for you comments.
     
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  3. Robizzle

    Robizzle 1K Member 2+ Year Member

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    You sure this is frequently asked?
     
  4. Lorienne7

    Lorienne7 Austenophile 2+ Year Member

    I actually did get this question quite a few times. Essentially, I would sum up my strengths and sort of expand on why those personal qualities/experiences/interests would make me a great future med student at this particular school. After all, your ultimate goal is to give the adcom a compelling reason to accept you out of all the thousands of great applicants they get, so reminding them of your unique strengths is a way to distinguish yourself from the crowd in a positive way.
     
  5. jsnuka

    jsnuka Senior Member Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

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    I would look at the "Interview Feedback" section here on SDN (click on "I.F." at the top of the page, and try to get a feel for the types of questions typically asked at that particular school.
     
  6. AnEyeLikeMars

    AnEyeLikeMars Member 7+ Year Member

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    This question is a good opportunity to leave the interviewer with a short synopsis of your application and/or mention anything that you think is important but that was not covered earlier in the interviewer. If there's anything you need to spin, this is the time to do it.
     
  7. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

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    Tell them you will kick their butt if they don't accept you. Somewhere along these lines:

    [YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMbww-nCVQg&mode=related&search=[/YOUTUBE]

    Who am I kidding, I was just looking for an excuse to post that video.
     
  8. Tired Pigeon

    Tired Pigeon 7+ Year Member

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    I would use it to emphasize your positive feelings about the school. Show some enthusiasm about what a great fit you would be with the school in question.

    Also, it doesn't hurt to say something like, "I'd like you to tell them how much I appreciated the opportunity to come here and interview today. I really enjoyed my experience here and have such a great feeling about ___."

    Or something like that.
     
  9. foxycleop

    foxycleop 2+ Year Member

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    Please pass on that I am the best candidate for admission in their school. (I truly would have said that.)

     
  10. 63768

    63768 Guest 2+ Year Member

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    go with your gut.

    edit: baylormed, that video is awesome. i didn't even know the word ass until i was 8.
     
  11. AnEyeLikeMars

    AnEyeLikeMars Member 7+ Year Member

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    That was funny. My little sister, when she was 5, was looking through a drawer for a pair of scissors, and when she couldn't find them she slammed the drawer and yelled "God damn it!" I stared at her for like 5 seconds then started laughing my a++ off. :laugh:
     
  12. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

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    I know! It's so hard to discipline kids when they're being funny.
     
  13. notdeadyet

    notdeadyet Still in California Moderator 10+ Year Member

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    I think in general folks try to outgame interview questions too much. Most of the questions they ask can be asked honestly. What would you like the interviewer to say about you to the committee? That you're a research whiz? That you past as a teacher will be helpful to others? That you think you'd be a great addition to the student-run clinics?

    Answers that are consciously instructed to sound impressive usually ring phony with experienced interviewers. Be yourself and be honest.
     
  14. Depakote

    Depakote Pediatric Anesthesiologist Rocket Scientist Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Tell them: "A shiny new donkey to whomever brings me the head of General Montoia"
     

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