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Interview question type percentage breakdown

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Fakesmile, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. Fakesmile

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    What is the interview question type percentage breakdown?

    Example:

    30%-Personal
    30%-Ethics
    20%-etc.
    10%-etc.
    5%-etc.
    4%-etc.
    1%-etc.

    (So, out of 10 interview questions, 3 would deal with ethics.)

    This may vary across schools but I think all schools share similar percentage breakdowns.
    Thanks.
     
    #1 Fakesmile, Dec 24, 2008
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  3. aznb0y129

    aznb0y129 Oh hamburgers!
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    Definitely varies across schools. 30% is probably too high for ethics. Out of the 3 interviews I've had so far, I was asked maybe 2 or 3 ethics questions total. I would put personal questions at least 50%.
     
  4. Bacchus

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    Just answer the questions.
     
  5. HeatherMD

    HeatherMD Queen of Passiveagressiva
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    MMI -- each weighted equally.
     
  6. muggle911

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    How would knowing the percentages help you? I honestly have no idea...just prep for each question type and you'll be fine...work on talking about your extracurriculars, your motivations for pursuing medicine, healthcare, some ethical stuff, etc...no need for percentages and no accurate way of finding this out.
     
  7. Pedsbro

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    Great question.. OP, are you really going to prepare any differently by knowing the percentages? If there's even one question on each topic, you would have to prepare for all the topics, so I wouldn't worry about the breakdown; it's irrelevant.
     
  8. bozz

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    You're way off

    23.7% Personal (may vary by +- 0.5% points)
    76.3% Ethics

    j/k
    Don't overthink this stuff.. know a bit of everything
     
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  9. RySerr21

    RySerr21 i aint kinda hot Im sauna
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    this is why there is an interview feedback forum. Check it out.
     
  10. SirGecko

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    You can even get specific information on the school you are interviewing at. Go there. Get info. Contribute.
     
  11. Vihsadas

    Vihsadas No summer
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    Yeah exactly. Just prepare to the best of your abilities, act natural and talk with the interviewer. Cake. :)
     
  12. bluesmd

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    wow, this is like neuroticism at a new level. how will this help you in your interview. are you going to be like, 'sdn's told me that ethics questions can only be 30% of my interview.' just chill and be yourself in the interview.
     
  13. DrYoda

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    Yoda aproves this.
     
  14. thegetupkid

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    99% Personal, 1% ethics (1 ethics question at mayo)
     
  15. JJMrK

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    Seriously. Another ridiculous thread.
     
  16. thegetupkid

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    I have only been asked one question that wasn't on this list:

    http://gradschool.about.com/cs/medicalinterview/a/medquest.htm

    Good Luck.
     
  17. bodonid

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    90% personal
    0-5% Ethics
    0-5% Politics
    0-5% future of healthcare
    0-5% motivation and beliefs
    etc.

    don't worry too much about the other stuff. make sure you can answer questions about your research, experiences in school, worst grades, etc. fluently.
     
  18. sushichopstickz

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    It's useless to know the percentage breakdown. Every school is different and every interviewer is different. You can just read the interview feedback thread to get feel of the type of interview the school conducts. Seriously, just answer the question like someone said before in this post.
     
  19. gopher22

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    This forum should facilitate sharing of knowledge and information. You think this question is irrelevant--that's fair. But that doesn't mean you should ignore the OP's question.

    Regarding the breakdown, it depends to a large extent on the interviewer and interviewee. For example, I emphasized science in my application and I got zero ethical questions in seven interviews. Most of my questions were about my research and engineering projects. There were a few about why I want to work with patients.
     
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    I've interviewed at 5 different schools and 4 of them had a
    95% personal
    5% other


    Only one of them had a different breakdown
    85% personal
    15% ethics



    Just a rant. Why dont people just answer the questions people ask on this forum? When people tell others to "Just answer the question" that is not good advice... come on help people out here.
     
  21. Pedsbro

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    Thanks for singling me out when many others agreed with what I said. Glad I struck a nerve!:poke:

    On a more serious note....get real dude. Let the OP decide who's advice they'd like to follow, no commentary needed on my opinion, which directly addressed the OP's question in fact. Knowing the breakdown is irrelevant.
     
  22. vadd0

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    They just asked me if I wanted to attend their school. I just say yes, and they give me a sandwich and thank me for my time.
     
  23. Pedsbro

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    With your stats and EC's, I'm not surprised:thumbup: How was the sandwich?
     
  24. vadd0

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    Delicious and then I steal 5 more when they aren't looking. At least I did at OSU, Wright State, and Hopkins. Case and Wisc gave box lunches so I was foiled on that, and Yale just gave a voucher for one meal, so I had to make a choice based on limited resources.
     
  25. Pedsbro

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    :laugh:
     

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