jb265536

Membership Revoked
Removed
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Jan 1, 2009
1
0
Status
Medical Student
What is the most ridiculous question that you've been asked during an interview?

Mine:

During a situation in you life where you were faced with a choice, did you make the wrong choice? And then how did you rectify that wrong decision?

I blanked and basically dodged the question with something about me maturing. haha. ah well.
 

RySerr21

i aint kinda hot Im sauna
10+ Year Member
Dec 22, 2007
5,931
30
Status
Fellow [Any Field]
That question doesnt seem too ridiculous. Its come up on secondary apps before too.

I wasn't asked this question, but another person in our interview group was tellin a story of a previous expereince...he said the first question he was asked was "How does it feel to be Russian?" :confused: He said he just stared at him bankly, confused, and not sure how to respond. Haha.
 

URHere

10+ Year Member
Nov 20, 2007
1,783
567
Status
Attending Physician
My "out of left field" question was: "If you had to fight the war on drugs, how would you do it?".

That was quickly followed by "How do you feel about marijuana?"

(I do want to do addiction research, so this wasn't 100% random)
 
About the Ads

cavalier329

Guest
10+ Year Member
May 31, 2008
233
2
Status
Pre-Medical
does going out when i shouldve been studying for calculus count as the wrong decision when presented with a choice....ahahaha

fortunately the poor grades made me rectify that behavior rather quickly
 

aznb0y129

Oh hamburgers!
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Jul 10, 2008
4,777
2
Flushing, NY
Status
Medical Student
My "out of left field" question was: "If you had to fight the war on drugs, how would you do it?".

That was quickly followed by "How do you feel about marijuana?"

(I do want to do addiction research, so this wasn't 100% random)
I'm currently a research coordinator for multiple studies involving cannabis users and I keep expecting funny questions from interviewers, but no such luck so far :laugh:
 

funkydrmonkey

They Call Me Dr. Funkmonk
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
May 10, 2007
6,292
7
32
In the Frozen Tundra
Status
Resident [Any Field]
I was asked if anyone had ever tried to convert me to Christianity.
I have not been asked that but everyone does try to convert me... apparently I have some sort of SAVE ME sign embedded in my forehead that everyone but me can see, and everyone tries to convert me:laugh:

But the weirdest interview question I had was who bought your suit for you?
 

Lukkie

Membership Revoked
Removed
10+ Year Member
Aug 2, 2007
2,760
3
I hate Pre-Meds!!!
Status
Pre-Medical
I have not been asked that but everyone does try to convert me... apparently I have some sort of SAVE ME sign embedded in my forehead that everyone but me can see, and everyone tries to convert me:laugh:

But the weirdest interview question I had was who bought your suit for you?
those christian clubs on campus were annoying... just trying to eat my lunch and read my paper in peace and these 2 kids come up asking me if i've accepted jesus christ as my lord and savior! this would happen like every week!
 

funkydrmonkey

They Call Me Dr. Funkmonk
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
May 10, 2007
6,292
7
32
In the Frozen Tundra
Status
Resident [Any Field]
those christian clubs on campus were annoying... just trying to eat my lunch and read my paper in peace and these 2 kids come up asking me if i've accepted jesus christ as my lord and savior! this would happen like every week!
Also there are also the Oh you are Indian, take this Bhagavad Gita, or join the Hare Krishnas that they have going towards Powell:laugh:
 

aznb0y129

Oh hamburgers!
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Jul 10, 2008
4,777
2
Flushing, NY
Status
Medical Student
those christian clubs on campus were annoying... just trying to eat my lunch and read my paper in peace and these 2 kids come up asking me if i've accepted jesus christ as my lord and savior! this would happen like every week!
That didn't happen to me on campus but I get accosted by those groups every time I try to walk to the train station from my house. I practically have to run away from them. :laugh:
 

SB100

10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Mar 22, 2007
908
3
33
Cambridge, MA
www.facebook.com
Status
Resident [Any Field]
Are men today smarter, less smart, or equally smart compared to their ancestors in the stone age?

I've got more from this same interviewer if you want 'em :p
 
About the Ads

vadd0

10+ Year Member
Sep 7, 2007
1,337
0
Baltimore, MD
Status
Resident [Any Field]
I once told a Mormon missionary on campus that I was a Scientologist and started spouting things about Xenu and Theatans. It was fun, until they were interested in learning more! Good thing my opinion on scientology never came up during the interviews! :laugh:
 

funkydrmonkey

They Call Me Dr. Funkmonk
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
May 10, 2007
6,292
7
32
In the Frozen Tundra
Status
Resident [Any Field]
That didn't happen to me on campus but I get accosted by those groups every time I try to walk to the train station from my house. I practically have to run away from them. :laugh:
And there are also the Mormons that come to our house... Its funny, once they came and my dad asked them to come in, and he started trying to convert them:laugh:
 

229141

Guest
10+ Year Member
Oct 21, 2008
1,036
3
Status
Pre-Medical
I think questions such as "Do you like this candidate for president" are ridiculous...especially when certain schools lean one way.
 

cyclin M

megaman
10+ Year Member
Nov 24, 2008
337
1
Bunker
Status
Pre-Medical
And there are also the Mormons that come to our house... Its funny, once they came and my dad asked them to come in, and he started trying to convert them:laugh:
whoa dude don't let them in next time. I hear that stuff is contagious!
 

Ubergeek

10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Jul 14, 2008
53
0
New York
Status
Pre-Medical
I had a major panic attack when one interviewer told me that she wanted me to explain an inconsistency on my application. Thoughts of "oh my god, did I mistakenly put down the wrong end date for an activity?" cross my mind. Turns out she wanted me to explain my "Q" on the writing section. She said that the writing score was only at the national median for accepted students, while my scores in the other sections were higher. I stared at her for a few moments and then repressed the urge to scream that a "Q" is higher than the average accepted student at her institution.
 

DRBHOOM

10+ Year Member
Apr 27, 2007
72
0
Status
Pre-Medical
I got asked in the middle of an open file/academic interview... Are you going to marry a Gujarati girl? I was baffled to say the least, but I think I handled it well; ended up getting accepted there hahaha
 

Lukkie

Membership Revoked
Removed
10+ Year Member
Aug 2, 2007
2,760
3
I hate Pre-Meds!!!
Status
Pre-Medical
I got asked in the middle of an open file/academic interview... Are you going to marry a Gujarati girl? I was baffled to say the least, but I think I handled it well; ended up getting accepted there hahaha
was it a gujurati interviewer? maybe he was trying to arrange something :love:
 

funkydrmonkey

They Call Me Dr. Funkmonk
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
May 10, 2007
6,292
7
32
In the Frozen Tundra
Status
Resident [Any Field]
I got asked in the middle of an open file/academic interview... Are you going to marry a Gujarati girl? I was baffled to say the least, but I think I handled it well; ended up getting accepted there hahaha
I get asked about arranged marriages all the time during interviews...
 
About the Ads

nick_carraway

10+ Year Member
Mar 7, 2007
3,556
12
Status
Resident [Any Field]
I had a major panic attack when one interviewer told me that she wanted me to explain an inconsistency on my application. Thoughts of "oh my god, did I mistakenly put down the wrong end date for an activity?" cross my mind. Turns out she wanted me to explain my "Q" on the writing section. She said that the writing score was only at the national median for accepted students, while my scores in the other sections were higher. I stared at her for a few moments and then repressed the urge to scream that a "Q" is higher than the average accepted student at her institution.
That's seriously hilarious. It's pretty impressive how much you knew about the school's MSAR statistics too.
 

Jmoh

10+ Year Member
Apr 6, 2008
11
0
Status
Pre-Medical
"Can I buy you a drink?"
"Can I get your phone number so we can hookup when you get down here?"
Are you serious? Good job man :thumbup:



Hopefully you didn't let he/she down and got accepted right? :laugh:
 

Rooni

Ph.D in Horribleness
10+ Year Member
Oct 8, 2008
97
0
Albany, CA
Status
Pre-Medical
whoa dude don't let them in next time. I hear that stuff is contagious!
It is. My mother let in the Jehovah's Witnesses fourteen years ago, and now all she does is walk around a knock on people's doors all day. *shudder*
 

Vihsadas

No summer
Moderator Emeritus
Lifetime Donor
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Oct 17, 2007
5,469
54
An Igloo
Status
Medical Student
Question: "If you could be a fork, spoon, or knife, which would you choose and why?"

Answer: I thought about it for about 5 seconds, then looked up and smirked, "Well of course I'd be the spoon, cause then I'd get to eat all the ice cream."

Interviewer almost spit his drink out laughing. Result: Accepted. haha. :p
 

DrSno

Membership Revoked
Removed
10+ Year Member
Jun 27, 2008
832
0
Status
One interviewer asked me what kind of car I drive and then asked me if my mom still cooks dinner for me. It took self control to not ask him what the hell that had to do with anything medical school related.
 

Rooni

Ph.D in Horribleness
10+ Year Member
Oct 8, 2008
97
0
Albany, CA
Status
Pre-Medical
I think questions such as "Do you like this candidate for president" are ridiculous...especially when certain schools lean one way.
Ugh, I'm really glad I won't be interviewing during an election year. I'm fairly political, and while I'm perfectly capable of keeping my mouth shut about it, I'm not very good at hedging when somebody straight up asks me. With my luck I'd end up ruining my chances at my dream schools by pissing off the adcoms.
 

DrSno

Membership Revoked
Removed
10+ Year Member
Jun 27, 2008
832
0
Status
The same interviewer I mentioned asked me if I'm religious. I wasn't prepared for that question because I thought that was one they weren't supposed to ask.
 
Last edited:

cavalier329

Guest
10+ Year Member
May 31, 2008
233
2
Status
Pre-Medical
i do sperm research...I CANT WAIT for some of the questions hahaha

i already get it bad from my friends
 

cavalier329

Guest
10+ Year Member
May 31, 2008
233
2
Status
Pre-Medical
im italian...id have to go with the fork AND spoon for spaghetti

yeaaaaa!
 
About the Ads

TeamZissou

jaferd
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Sep 30, 2008
1,402
38
MI
Status
Resident [Any Field]
The first question at my first interview was...

"How would you fix the U.S. Healthcare system and how do the presidential candidate's plans differ from one another?"

Another one that I encountered was...

"If you were stranded on an island, what food, album, book, and movie would you want to have?" This one was a bit more fun to answer:)
 

alehar

10+ Year Member
Jul 8, 2008
186
7
Status
Resident [Any Field]
I'm currently a research coordinator for multiple studies involving cannabis users and I keep expecting funny questions from interviewers, but no such luck so far :laugh:
I first thought this said cannibal users, but that's a good one too :)

I once got "What do you think about the financial crisis?" followed by a series of questions about the regulations on lending institutions, how they've changed in the past, etc. None of it was even remotely in a medical context, just the broad financial crisis.
 

ChemEngMD

No need to hide behind private profiles
10+ Year Member
Nov 24, 2008
2,175
1,541
Status
Medical Student
The first question at my first interview was...

"How would you fix the U.S. Healthcare system and how do the presidential candidate's plans differ from one another?"

Another one that I encountered was...

"If you were stranded on an island, what food, album, book, and movie would you want to have?" This one was a bit more fun to answer:)
Man, everybody knows you gotta read up on the healthcare system before you go to your interviews. A lot of interviewers will touch on that subject.


I first thought this said cannibal users, but that's a good one too :)

I once got "What do you think about the financial crisis?" followed by a series of questions about the regulations on lending institutions, how they've changed in the past, etc. None of it was even remotely in a medical context, just the broad financial crisis.

Interviewers expect you to be fairly well up on current events. Whether it is medically related or not.
 

TeamZissou

jaferd
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Sep 30, 2008
1,402
38
MI
Status
Resident [Any Field]
Man, everybody knows you gotta read up on the healthcare system before you go to your interviews. A lot of interviewers will touch on that subject.

Hahaha luckily I was familiar with what each candidate was emphasizing and their overall plans but he then proceeded to ask me the dollar amount of tax breaks that would be given to individuals and where the different cut offs were concerning the different income levels and how the candidates differed on that. I wasn't ready to answer THAT kind of detail...:D
 

ChemEngMD

No need to hide behind private profiles
10+ Year Member
Nov 24, 2008
2,175
1,541
Status
Medical Student
Hahaha luckily I was familiar with what each candidate was emphasizing and their overall plans but he then proceeded to ask me the dollar amount of tax breaks that would be given to individuals and where the different cut offs were concerning the different income levels and how the candidates differed on that. I wasn't ready to answer THAT kind of detail...:D

:laugh: wow, that might be a little over the top...I doubt many Poli Sci majors would be able to answer that.
 

TeamZissou

jaferd
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Sep 30, 2008
1,402
38
MI
Status
Resident [Any Field]
Hahaha ya at that point I had to say I didn't know. But at the end when he let me ask questions I asked him because I was curious and he didn't even know! I'm guessing he would have kept questioning me until I reached the point of giving the key answer.... I DON'T KNOW
 

Lukkie

Membership Revoked
Removed
10+ Year Member
Aug 2, 2007
2,760
3
I hate Pre-Meds!!!
Status
Pre-Medical
:laugh: wow, that might be a little over the top...I doubt many Poli Sci majors would be able to answer that.
everyone imo should understand what a marginal tax/progressive tax rate is. all citizens vote, not just poli sci majors.
 

alehar

10+ Year Member
Jul 8, 2008
186
7
Status
Resident [Any Field]
Interviewers expect you to be fairly well up on current events. Whether it is medically related or not.
And I was up on it, to an extent. It was very similar to what the other poster was describing. He was probably just trying to get me to admit that I didn't know.
 

ChemEngMD

No need to hide behind private profiles
10+ Year Member
Nov 24, 2008
2,175
1,541
Status
Medical Student
everyone imo should understand what a marginal tax/progressive tax rate is. all citizens vote, not just poli sci majors.

I think understanding and knowing the exact percentages is a bit different...especially when most of us that are straight out of college have never exceeded anything out of the bottom tax bracket.
 

Lukkie

Membership Revoked
Removed
10+ Year Member
Aug 2, 2007
2,760
3
I hate Pre-Meds!!!
Status
Pre-Medical
I think understanding and knowing the exact percentages is a bit different...especially when most of us that are straight out of college have never exceeded anything out of the bottom tax bracket.
ah i didnt see the specific amounts were asked about. thats kind of ridiculous. :scared:
 

armybound

urologist.
Moderator Emeritus
10+ Year Member
Jan 1, 2007
4,819
473
Uranus
Status
Attending Physician
I had one guy who kept pressuring me about wanting to go into medicine and kept trying to basically talk me out of it. At one point he said something like "You do know your wife is going to leave you, right?"

That was the most ridiculous, over-the-line thing an interviewer has ever said to me.
 

moro85

10+ Year Member
Oct 21, 2008
14
0
Status
Pre-Medical
One weird one I had was, "What do you think about Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth?"

Hmmm...I've never seen it. Whoops
 

cavalier329

Guest
10+ Year Member
May 31, 2008
233
2
Status
Pre-Medical
maybe these questions are to actually get us to admit that we don't know stuff...something none of us like to do but is nonetheless an important quality we all have to accept and display.
 

Valvool

10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Dec 3, 2007
162
3
Status
Resident [Any Field]
I was asked "How would you respond to a patient who claimed never to have masturbated in their life?"
 

cyclin M

megaman
10+ Year Member
Nov 24, 2008
337
1
Bunker
Status
Pre-Medical
maybe these questions are to actually get us to admit that we don't know stuff...something none of us like to do but is nonetheless an important quality we all have to accept and display.
nah I think it's the other way around actually to see if you know stuff outside of your course work. No offense, but seriously not knowing each candidate's healthcare proposal when you plan to enter a healthcare field in arguably the most historic election ever??? And not knowing each candidate's fiscal policy when the economy is in huge trouble???

Not to bash anyone, but come on these are the big stories of '08. You gotta be living under a rock or something to not know anything about them. I think it shows you don't care if you're ignorant about the status of the economy and a field you will enter into, both very big things that will affect you.

However, generally I think any subjective questions about politics and religion should not be asked and are collectively ridiculous. People will instantly judge you once you open your mouth on these topics, for better or for worse. Flip a coin.

EDIT: I remember when the whole Russia vs. Georgia battle was going on, and people were like "wow Georgia? Here?" :bang:
 

Kaustikos

Archerize It
Gold Donor
10+ Year Member
Jan 18, 2008
12,208
4,170
Always Bespin
Status
Resident [Any Field]
I had one guy who kept pressuring me about wanting to go into medicine and kept trying to basically talk me out of it. At one point he said something like "You do know your wife is going to leave you, right?"

That was the most ridiculous, over-the-line thing an interviewer has ever said to me.
That's when you retort "Wife? You mean husband, right?"

I mean, might as well try the most outlandish response to an outlandish statement like that. :laugh:
 
About the Ads