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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Chorboke, Feb 4, 2002.

  1. Chorboke

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    How did you prepare for them and what do you think helped you to pull off a great interview? What helped most to set you at ease during your first interview? My first interview is at Washington University in St. Louis and I am a bit nervous about it.
     
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    I had a mock interview with an advisor, It's important to include personal experiences in your answers and practice a little before you go. You may want to read up on health care issue and think about where you stand on ethical issues. Review your application and be yourself. I was o excited on my interview that I didn't feel nervous. I also practiced answering questions inf ront of a miros the night before. Make sure you don't fidgit or ramble too much. Also read everything on interviewfeedback.com before you go for the inside scoop :D
     
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    Congratulations on your interview.
    I would recommend the obvious- go the school's webpage and read about their programs/mission statement. For instance if they have a student organized community program....read about it so and you can bring it up during the interview (u will appear to know about the school). Find little things that interest you so you can it bring up later.
    Try visiting interviewfeedback.com and check out what other students have to say about their interviews.
    Lastly, you can do a search on google or any search engine for"medical school interview questions" or something similar and that will give you frequent/most popular questions.

    Good Luck
     
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    you just gotta be super excited, talkative, let them know that you like the school (if that means telling them that you like st. louis or milwaukee or whatever city....if you don't liek the city then don't say anything bad!). and know the answers to 1. describe a problem in medicine and a solution 2. why do you wnat to be a doctor 3. why come here. and you will be fine!
     
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    Thorough preparation is the key to being at ease. My first interview was at Columbia and I was very nervous, but my preparation stood me in good stead, despite a kind of comical beginning to the interview when I hesitated too long before answering the first question (I was following all that "think before you speak" advice). Go to <a href="http://www.studentdoctor.net/cgi-bin/ubbcgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=1&t=006486" target="_blank">this thread</a> for my advice. It's long, but I stand by it all, and I've had a couple more interviews since. Prep gets easier and less time-consuming each time. Good luck. I wish I'd hear from Wash U!! :D
     
  7. Chorboke

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    Thanks for the advice, :) most of it I was planning to do, but I did not have all of the resources you mentioned.

    Lots of questions

    Should I be paranoid and wear my suit instead of checking it at the airport when I fly?

    I am staying at the Olin hall guest rooms. Anyone know where that is in relation to the medical school? I am getting there early so I can get oriented. What kind of prep should I do while I am in St. Louis?

    THanks guys
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Chorboke:
    <strong>

    Should I be paranoid and wear my suit instead of checking it at the airport when I fly?

    What kind of prep should I do while I am in St. Louis?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I NEVER check my interview attire!!! And I would NEVER wear it either. With my luck, wrinkles would be the least of my worries -- a baby would vomit on me or there would be turbulence and my in-flight meal and drinks would land in my lap!!! I carry my interview clothing, and everything else that doesn't fit in a small backpack (must be small for the airlines to consider it a "personal item,"), in a garment bag that I never let out of my control.

    I like to have all my prep done before I get to where I'm going. Sometimes I prepare on the plane, but once I'm there, I try to relax and really check out the place. If you're still prepping, you're missing out on gathering impressions of the school.

    Best of luck. I'm sure it'll go fine. Remember, they asked you there, so they're inclined to already have a good opinion of you.
     
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    Olin Hall is actually connected to the medical school. So you don't even have to go outside! Don't worry. Wash U is a great school to interview at. The interview is laid-back and the school treats you really nice.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Chorboke:
    <strong>How did you prepare for them and what do you think helped you to pull off a great interview? What helped most to set you at ease during your first interview? My first interview is at Washington University in St. Louis and I am a bit nervous about it.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">When is your interview? I'm going to be there this Friday.
     
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    I think the biggest things are
    1) relax
    2) be confident--remember they wouldn't be interviewing you if they didn't want you...
    3) high energy and enthusiasm
    4) know the school and have 5 (yes 5) things that you really like about the school or why it is different than other places
    5) if they ask where it ranks on your list...make it sound like this is the school for you (yeah I hate doing this but if you don't say it, then you are probably going to get waitlisted)
    6) Don't be turned off by the other interviewees...remember people are nervous and say alot of dumb things and just because you are interviewing with them doesn't mean they will end up going there (although on the flip side I have meet some really really cool people that I keep in touch with)
    7) remember to smile and don't look nervous
    8) be honest with every answer...they are not always looking for a "right" answer but how you come to conclusions and think....
    9) Good luck and be happy you have made it pretty far!!!!! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
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    That's a nice first interview as it's very relaxed and conversational. Just have fun with it. Me and my interviewer talked about Lance Armstrong and the Arch the whole time. Take care and enjoy! --Trek
     
  13. Chorboke

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    MY interview day is on the 13th, but I am leaving for St. Louis on the 11th
     

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