mcat and gpa... post-interview

This forum made possible through the generous support of SDN members, donors, and sponsors. Thank you.

prznpremed

Junior Member
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Joined
Jul 5, 2006
Messages
180
Reaction score
0

Members don't see this ad.
How much weight is given to these factors AFTER the interview? I was under the impression that when you get an interview you have made the numbers hurdle, and then it is subjective things that come into play. At least that's what I've heard, but it seems like they still consider those after the interview too. Any thoughts on this?:(
 

y8507

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Joined
Nov 12, 2006
Messages
130
Reaction score
0
i'm pretty sure most places re-review your entire file as a whole post interview in committee.
 

LifetimeDoc

EM Attending
10+ Year Member
Joined
Apr 30, 2006
Messages
2,845
Reaction score
61
If the committee has already reviewed and scored your application post interview, generally no new information will be entertained for that application year.
 

Law2Doc

5K+ Member
Moderator Emeritus
10+ Year Member
Joined
Dec 20, 2004
Messages
30,878
Reaction score
10,066
How much weight is given to these factors AFTER the interview? I was under the impression that when you get an interview you have made the numbers hurdle, and then it is subjective things that come into play. At least that's what I've heard, but it seems like they still consider those after the interview too. Any thoughts on this?:(

Depends a lot on the school, but there are definitely places where everyone interviewed has been deemed potentially acceptable on paper and the interview will make or break you.
 

sotired

sotired
10+ Year Member
Joined
Jul 29, 2006
Messages
284
Reaction score
1
Depends a lot on the school, but there are definitely places where everyone interviewed has been deemed potentially acceptable on paper and the interview will make or break you.

what schools are like this?
 

twick121

Full Member
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Joined
Feb 27, 2007
Messages
120
Reaction score
0
We were told at the MCW interview that they are like that. They told us that our secondary would not be looked at again and decision would be mainly based on the interview.
 

thebeatblitz

Full Member
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Joined
Sep 17, 2006
Messages
211
Reaction score
2
That's interesting. I've found my interviews to be rather generic; if they're not a re-hash of what's already on my AMCAS, they usually ask me "Why medicine?" or "What would you do if you didn't do medicine?". Given a 30m-1hr time period, there's only so much you can take away from a person.
 

crimsonkid85

Full Member
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Joined
Jul 3, 2006
Messages
792
Reaction score
224
in my experience, your interview is simply the last piece of your application. when you come up for voting at the ADCOM meeting, they re-examine every piece of your application, which obviously includes numbers.
 

Kikaku21

Senior Member
10+ Year Member
Joined
May 10, 2006
Messages
704
Reaction score
0
I figure it goes something like this... (This is a total guess)

If a school is willing to interview you, then they are probably comfortable with accepting you by your numbers. (I assume they are efficient, and don't waste time.)

If they interview you and you suck, you get flushed. If they interview you and you are better than the other guy, you get in. If its a tie between you and the other guy... you can always go back and look at the numbers to break the tie.
 

kelvin81

Member
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Joined
Apr 25, 2006
Messages
309
Reaction score
0
Is this true?

It is true at UCLA at least. However, I know a few other schools DO ENCOURAGE you to update information if you have something new that you believe the schools should know about.
 

TPROrgoTutor2

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Joined
Dec 18, 2006
Messages
232
Reaction score
15
Im assuming, and hoping, that numbers will still play a role post-interview. The interview should just be another part to the application, no more or less important than the others.
 

Scottish Chap

Full Member
Moderator Emeritus
15+ Year Member
Joined
Aug 3, 2003
Messages
1,647
Reaction score
92
in my experience, your interview is simply the last piece of your application. when you come up for voting at the ADCOM meeting, they re-examine every piece of your application, which obviously includes numbers.
Yes, that is the case at my school, too. You can be invited to interview and the Admissions Committee might not like some aspects of your application - even after a stellar interview performance. This (understandably) is very hard for some applicants to accept.

In the end, any decision to offer a place is made by a committee and you must impress all of them...even those that did not meet you. I think it is VERY difficult for the Admissions Committee: the applicant pool is so well-polished, and often it's difficult to distinguish one highly-qualified applicant from another.
 
Top