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Hi everyone,

I want to forget about the midterm I just took (and probably didn't do all that well on) with an interesting diversion.

My friend and I were talking today about what our weirdest experiences were on the interview trail. I realized I didn't have any. (I know, I know, if you don't know who the weird one was at your interview it probably was you, lol).

So SDN, tell me about the weirdest person/people you met at interviews.
 

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Once sat in the chair titled "Reserved." Didn't see it as I was taking a seat.

That seat was for the Dean.

Yup, I sat in the Dean's chair at an interview.

I'm "that" person.
 

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There was this one girl. She was telling me about her passions and research and other interviews and stuff when I didn't ask her. I was like "okay nice that's cool" whatever you crazy girl. Then she made fun of my research and I wanted to tell her to go **** herself.
 

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40+ year old male applicant asking what the "bar scene" and "night life" was like around the school.
 

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40+ year old male applicant asking what the "bar scene" and "night life" was like around the school.
Sorry man, it's one of the most important factors in my final decision on where to attend. jk, I'm not that old.
 

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Other than some folks that dressed poorly (such as the guy in a baggy jet black suit with flaming red tie and brown shoes) or other fashion faux pas (such as the girl that forgot to take her tag off her jacket, etc)... everyone I met seemed pretty normal.
 

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I didn't like a lot of the people I interviewed with. To say many of them weren't very humble is putting it mildly... :rolleyes:
 
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I didn't like a lot of the people I interviewed with. To say many of them weren't very humble is putting it mildly... :rolleyes:
It's funny, the people I interviewed with all seemed so quiet, humble, and reserved. Like robot businesspeople. It was strange.

I think everyone was just petrified.
 

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Other than some folks that dressed poorly (such as the guy in a baggy jet black suit with flaming red tie and brown shoes) or other fashion faux pas (such as the girl that forgot to take her tag off her jacket, etc)... everyone I met seemed pretty normal.
I met a girl at Cinci that wasn't even wearing a suit.

Also, Dean Witzburg over at BU is a pretty weird dude. Super cool though.
 
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Definitely interviewed with a girl that was wearing slacks and a sweater. A little casual in my opinion but whatever.
 

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I ran into 2 different people that used racial/stereotypical slurs and I'm pretty sure they didn't even know they were being offensive. I just assumed it was because they were raised in a predominantly white area.
 

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I ran into 2 different people that used racial/stereotypical slurs and I'm pretty sure they didn't even know they were being offensive. I just assumed it was because they were raised in a predominantly white area.
O.O

That may have hurt their chances...
 

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I met a guy that never unbuttoned a button on his three button brown suit the entire day. When we ate lunch, he looked so uncomfortable and then made remarks that he was the only person to know how to properly wear a suit. He was extremely weird.
 

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I met a guy that never unbuttoned a button on his three button suit the entire day. When we ate lunch, he looked so uncomfortable and then made remarks that he was the only person to know how to properly wear a suit.
:smack:
Most of the people I met were pretty normal. Not necessarily humble, but normal enough.
 

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I met a guy that never unbuttoned a button on his three button brown suit the entire day. When we ate lunch, he looked so uncomfortable and then made remarks that he was the only person to know how to properly wear a suit. He was extremely weird.
Lol. It amazes me that people (even the ones who are sure sitting with your suit buttoned is "correct") can stand to sit with their suit buttoned. Either their suit is too big, or they have a high tolerance for discomfort.
 

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For the most part, most of the people I interviewed with were really nice and friendly. I would even go as far as say that I would love to be classmates with all of them. However... there was this one person who was extremely obnoxious and talked about how much radiation he had been getting from flying so often for med school interviews =/ This same person also made a weird comment about how the gym of a medical school tells you everything you need to know about the school. I thought this guy was a little weird. Everyone else was great though!
 

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Met a guy at an interview who would have benefitted from the interview attire threads on SDN.

Blue pants, yellow shirt, red paisley tie, brown shoes, and....a green tweed jacket. I'm not kidding.
 

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Met a guy at an interview who would have benefitted from the interview attire threads on SDN.

Blue pants, yellow shirt, red paisley tie, brown shoes, and....a green tweed jacket. I'm not kidding.
Wow, that must have been interesting. The most inappropriate (perhaps "least appropriate" is better) thing I saw any guy wearing was a navy blazer and khaki pants.
 

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In one of my group interviews, when asked the question "what would your friends say is your best quality?" this one kid responded, with incredibly awkward pauses:

"Well...I...I uh, don't like when people get screwed over or nothin'."

Another kid, in that same group interview, somehow related every question back to his homemade rap-recording studio. I don't think he wicky-wicky got X-septed, fa shizzle.
 
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I was the weird one... Maybe not.

At one interview, just before the MMI circuit was about to start, everyone else was all freaking out with tension. I was trying to relax by leaning back and closing my eyes for a few minutes. Someone asked another person "is that guy asleep?" I told him "no, but you all need to relax a little because all the tension in the room was starting to make me nervous." NOTE: I was the only one in the room to have had more than one interview so far, and the only one to have not one, but two acceptances. There was nothing for me to loose in this interview, so really was not nervous.

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Most people I met were totally normal/nice. There was one kid who raised his hand during QA and asked how his "considerable wealth" would affect his chances for aid (this was in LA, coincidence...?).
 

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Wow, that must have been interesting. The most inappropriate (perhaps "least appropriate" is better) thing I saw any guy wearing was a navy blazer and khaki pants.
The guy across from him wouldn't stop staring at him. Definitely the most awkward "interviewee holding tank" I've experienced.
 

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I met a dude who couldn't stop saying "Yolo."

Along with that, he would sometimes flex in his dress shirt and (rhetorically) ask "are you admiring"?


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Most people I met were totally normal/nice. There was one kid who raised his hand during QA and asked how his "considerable wealth" would affect his chances for aid (this was in LA, coincidence...?).
:laugh:

The guy across from him wouldn't stop staring at him. Definitely the most awkward "interviewee holding tank" I've experienced.
Kind of makes me feel like I missed out this cycle :(
 

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I met a dude who couldn't stop saying "Yolo."

Along with that, he would sometimes flex in his dress shirt and (rhetorically) ask "are you admiring"?


:confused:
Did you guys become best of friends? :love:
 
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Didn't really come across anyone weird at my interviews. There was a girl who dressed with a really short skirt. Unfortunately for her the interviewers were female so that probably didn't work to her advantage in the long run.
 

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Most people I met were totally normal/nice. There was one kid who raised his hand during QA and asked how his "considerable wealth" would affect his chances for aid (this was in LA, coincidence...?).
LOL. I know this for sure was at UCLA. I couldn't believe that guy when he asked that, I was looking down at my food (had to eat quietly since it was so damn quiet, could barely bite my apple) and I looked up like "are you serious?" haha

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To add my own. I saw this guy wearing one of those CEO shirts (white collar contrasted with blue shirt) and a bright red "power tie" w/ double windsor knot. He went into the interview room right next to me and I heard part of his conversation. I couldn't believe what i was hearing. The guy started saying stuff like "Oh yeah my parents are real blue collar workers, I sympathize with the blue collar worker, yada yada yada). I either think this guy was extremely arrogant, or more than likely had/has no idea of the significance behind white collar/blue collar shirts and how weird it was to hear him talking about blue collar workers while wearing a white collared shirt. Eh :shrug:
 
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This wasn't at the interview, but after my interview I went out to a bar and met a girl, and when the bar closed she invited me back for a night cap. She prefaced her invitation with "don't get the wrong idea", and had earlier showed me a picture of her very large and scary looking "boyfriend", but I went over anyway, because....well why not?

Well, while we were in her elevator, she finally confessed to me. Turns out she was an Escort, and her "boyfriend" was actually her pimp. I got a little nervous, but she assured me she wasn't trying to rip me off or anything. Her roommate (another escort) was away, and she didn't have many friends in the city (only clients), so she just wanted a platonic dude to kick it with. We watched south park and slung beers till the wee hours of the night, and she made me some tasty vodka drinks (with her top shelf vodka of course). She received at least 5 phone calls from "clients" on her multiple "burn phones". Her apartment was LOADED....huge flat screen TV, xbox, PS3 (all things I don't own/can't afford), stereo and sound system, big comfy couch, expensive furniture, king sized waterbed (which wasn't the bed she slept on). Made sense since clients were offering more than $500 for an encounter. Obviously I picked her brain a bit too, and learned quite a bit of the inside scoop from an escort.

Definitely and unexpected and extremely interesting way to spend the night after my interview. And for the record, no I did not sleep with her. I told her I was too young and attractive to pay for sex, and she agreed.
 

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This wasn't at the interview, but after my interview I went out to a bar and met a girl, and when the bar closed she invited me back for a night cap. She prefaced her invitation with "don't get the wrong idea", and had earlier showed me a picture of her very large and scary looking "boyfriend", but I went over anyway, because....well why not?

Well, while we were in her elevator, she finally confessed to me. Turns out she was an Escort, and her "boyfriend" was actually her pimp. I got a little nervous, but she assured me she wasn't trying to rip me off or anything. Her roommate (another escort) was away, and she didn't have many friends in the city (only clients), so she just wanted a platonic dude to kick it with. We watched south park and slung beers till the wee hours of the night, and she made me some tasty vodka drinks (with her top shelf vodka of course). She received at least 5 phone calls from "clients" on her multiple "burn phones". Her apartment was LOADED....huge flat screen TV, xbox, PS3 (all things I don't own/can't afford), stereo and sound system, big comfy couch, expensive furniture, king sized waterbed (which wasn't the bed she slept on). Made sense since clients were offering more than $500 for an encounter. Obviously I picked her brain a bit too, and learned quite a bit of the inside scoop from an escort.

Definitely and unexpected and extremely interesting way to spend the night after my interview. And for the record, no I did not sleep with her. I told her I was too young and attractive to pay for sex, and she agreed.
Yeah, right. You know you went nuts as soon as she revealed she was a box for hire. :smuggrin:


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LOL. I know this for sure was at UCLA. I couldn't believe that guy when he asked that, I was looking down at my food (had to eat quietly since it was so damn quiet, could barely bite my apple) and I looked up like "are you serious?" haha
Definitely made my day.

:laugh:

ps I also thought apples were a cruel thing to include in a lunch package to be consumed during a very quiet info session. :oops:
 

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Wow... Geebeejay you win so far!

Met a guy and we had back to back interviews at two different schools. He was really pompus. We met during the first and I said hi to him two days later at the second interview. He asked where we met and claimed that "all his interviews blurred together." Oh please, don't even pull that on me....

One girl blatantly used the mascot of the school we were at as her favorite animal during our icebreaker and I wanted to barf.

Was with an entire group of applicants at one school. As we waited for interviews to start, they went in a circle and said all the places they interviewed at. It was obviously show off-y. It got to me and I said it's kind of pretentious. It made things really awkward and silent lol. So I guess I was the weird one there. But I was sick of meeting cocky people and hearing about where people have gone, without anyone asking.

Finally, met a mother of two that legit had stubble. She was a shark in groups and didn't let others talk. Although we probably were all thinking about stubble lol.
 

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There are a lot of very quiet/reserved people at interviews. I'm sorry, but I don't see how this thread is anything but making fun of the most shy people we come across at these events. It's a little upsetting in some ways. "premed" draws a lot of people who don't do particularly well in social settings, but how many of us don't fit that category? I do... but at least I can admit that. The fact that you all are sitting around your computers making fun of the most socially awkward people you see applying to medical school is so ironic to me. We all suck. That's why we're chatting about it on the internet right now. Trashing other premeds we've come across for being socially incompetent is so wrong to me. F*** anyone who says otherwise, we're all socially incompetent. That's why we're able to study hard enough to make it into medical school. It disgusts me that some of you are talking bad about other people at interviews for their social problems. Guess what? It could easily be you. People entering health professions should be above this.
 

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There are a lot of very quiet/reserved people at interviews. I'm sorry, but I don't see how this thread is anything but making fun of the most shy people we come across at these events. It's a little upsetting in some ways. "premed" draws a lot of people who don't do particularly well in social settings, but how many of us don't fit that category? I do... but at least I can admit that. The fact that you all are sitting around your computers making fun of the most socially awkward people you see applying to medical school is so ironic to me. We all suck. That's why we're chatting about it on the internet right now. Trashing other premeds we've come across for being socially incompetent is so wrong to me. F*** anyone who says otherwise, we're all socially incompetent. That's why we're able to study hard enough to make it into medical school. It disgusts me that some of you are talking bad about other people at interviews for their social problems. Guess what? It could easily be you. People entering health professions should be above this.
Did you even read the thread?
 

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Wow JBOB, calm your...
This isn't the vibe I've been getting from this thread. If anything, we're joking about people who are the opposite of quiet/reserved.
I don't think we all suck either. Sorry if you felt you were being put down, but putting all of us down won't help. <333
 

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There are a lot of very quiet/reserved people at interviews. I'm sorry, but I don't see how this thread is anything but making fun of the most shy people we come across at these events. It's a little upsetting in some ways. "premed" draws a lot of people who don't do particularly well in social settings, but how many of us don't fit that category? I do... but at least I can admit that. The fact that you all are sitting around your computers making fun of the most socially awkward people you see applying to medical school is so ironic to me. We all suck. That's why we're chatting about it on the internet right now. Trashing other premeds we've come across for being socially incompetent is so wrong to me. F*** anyone who says otherwise, we're all socially incompetent. That's why we're able to study hard enough to make it into medical school. It disgusts me that some of you are talking bad about other people at interviews for their social problems. Guess what? It could easily be you. People entering health professions should be above this.
Speak for yourself....#YOLO
 

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I am extremely drunk right now and am overly sensitive to these issues. Take any comments I made in that context, good sirs. But it does not make me wrong.
 

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I am extremely drunk right now and am overly sensitive to these issues. Take any comments I made in that context, good sirs. But it does not make me wrong.
Your original post would make a lovely copypasta if we can adapt it for a wider context. I'd love to use it for any MD vs. DO threads that open up. :thumbup:

I had one interview where a kid kept talking about how much he loved boba tea (with those balls at the bottom), and he at one point said (verrrry enthusiastically) "oh man, I love slurping down those balls!" in front of the dean at which point I lost it completely. One of the other applicants told me to grow up. Result: Acceptance. :laugh:
 
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A person at one of my interviews had dandruff all over his lapel. It was noticeable from across the table. His suit was also wrinkled. I wonder how much that kinda stuff matters during an interview?
 
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The weirdest person I met along the trail was not an interviewee, but the spouse of an interviewee...who came along of the whole interview day without saying a word....and wore a t-shirt, jeans, and a permanent scowl....

I understand wanting an SO to get a feel for the school as well. I'm all for that. But dude, t-shirt and jeans? Common sense to be at LEAST business causal for something like that. And you are only hurting your spouse's chances of admissions with the mean-mugging all day. Maybe that was the point...in which case, yikes
 
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In one of my group interviews, when asked the question "what would your friends say is your best quality?" this one kid responded, with incredibly awkward pauses:

"Well...I...I uh, don't like when people get screwed over or nothin'."

Another kid, in that same group interview, somehow related every question back to his homemade rap-recording studio. I don't think he wicky-wicky got X-septed, fa shizzle.
This post is of the finest quality, nothing on SDN has ever made me laugh this much!
 

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Once sat in the chair titled "Reserved." Didn't see it as I was taking a seat.

That seat was for the Dean.

Yup, I sat in the Dean's chair at an interview.

I'm "that" person.
Was this at Pitt? Because this totally happened to someone on my interview day at Pitt :p Either you are not alone, or we interviewed on the same day :laugh:

Wow... Geebeejay you win so far!

Met a guy and we had back to back interviews at two different schools. He was really pompus. We met during the first and I said hi to him two days later at the second interview. He asked where we met and claimed that "all his interviews blurred together." Oh please, don't even pull that on me....
This could have been me...but but they do run together! I met a lot of people that I recognized but couldn't, for the life of me, remember where I previously met them. For example I met someone at UMich that I saw 1 week later at Baylor and she had to remind me we met the week before :laugh: I felt so bad....:oops:

A person at one of my interviews had dandruff all over his lapel. It was noticeable from across the table. His suit was also wrinkled. I wonder how much that kinda stuff matters during an interview?
This could have been me :oops: luckily I don't think we interviewed anywhere on the same day. :laugh:


For the most part everyone I met was surprisingly normal. I met a few overly shy people and a few overly perky people but still nothing too out of the ordinary. Had great times on the interview trail meeting people :highfive: The only awkward moments were the few people that came up to me and said: "ARE YOU TOTS ON SDN!?" or more creepily, in front of everyone: "I know exactly where you already interviewed since I found you online."
 
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