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Is it wrong to ask your interviewer advice on how to improve for your next interview?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by barb, Jan 11, 2002.

  1. barb

    barb Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 19, 2001
    Los Angeles
    I had an interview at MCPHU in December and still don't know if I've been accepted, but I have some interviews coming up and I want to know if I screwed up the interview or not so I won't make the same mistake next time. My interviewer told me I could call her with any questions I might have, but would this kind of question be frowned upon?
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  3. DarksideAllstar

    DarksideAllstar you can pay me in bud 7+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2001
    West of the Haight
    At the very end of my interviews, I always ask, "Can you give me any suggestions so that I can improve my interviewing skills?" Everyone so far has seemed to be ok with this question, and gladly has volunteered what they look for (posture and eye contact are the two things that I have found most important!). I would't hesitate to ask. Just make sure that you emphasize that you wan't to improve your interviewing skills when you ask the question. Don't be like, "What the hell did I do wrong this time?"
  4. UCLA2000

    UCLA2000 7+ Year Member

    Dec 19, 2001
    the hospital
    Do you really want your interviewer to focus on the negative aspects of your interview?
  5. tBw

    tBw totally deluded 7+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2001
    infront of an iMac
    I agree with UCLA2000 - if this interviewer is part of the committee rather than just passing an evaluation on at the time of interview you want this person to remember you positively. The last thing you want to do is put in their head all the things you did wrong! If you know they are not a part of the committee and will have already submitted an assessment on you, go for it.

    If I were you I would be more inclined to do 'mock' interviews with a pre-med advisor, faculty member or even just friends. The last category may not have the 'inside scoop' on what med schools look for but they and admissions people are human - and probably respond/can point out obvious things like bad posture/nervous habits, etc
  6. Resident Alien

    Resident Alien What? 7+ Year Member

    Jul 21, 2001
    My motto's been, last impression's the best impression! :)
  7. YBee

    YBee Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 6, 2001
    I wouldn't
    -it implies lack of confidence in your performance thus far
    -it implies lack of confidence in yourself as a candidate for that school

    You are in essence telling them "well I'm not going to get in here, so what should I do differently so that my next interviewer, at another school, will like me?" Do you really want to say that?

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