During a student interview, I kept getting variants of the "Why medicine" question over and over...I had already used up my typical premed answers, and so I said, very matter-of-factly, "Well, Id be lying if I didnt tell you there were also practical reasons for going into medicine. Stupid move. STUPID [email protected]!!!!!!!!!! He narrowed his eyes, asked me to elaborate, and I spent the rest of the miserable interview trying to explain what I meant. I think I did OK, but his total change in demeanor makes me fear the worst. I think b/c he was a student, I expected him to undertand, but he clearly did not. I should've suspected as much. After all, what kind of medical student would want to interview pre-meds anyway?!! I'm wondering if any of you have said this in an interview, and whether you got a similar reaction. I honestly think it should be an innocuous and very reasonable thing to say. Why does our society place so much value on "professionalism" at the expense of other traits like honesty? I'm also wondering if any of you have gotten the same old question fired at you in various forms during the same interview? When they do that, does this mean you didn't answer their question well enough the first time? Or that they just want to hear more? Or that they're senile?