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Weird Tales from the Interview Trail

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by MandM06, May 7, 2002.

  1. MandM06

    MandM06 Mr. 25/8
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    OK! I don't know if a thread has been started about this but do any of you have any crazy stories to tell from your interviewing experiences. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />

    Here's mine: During interview day at UT-Houston, me and a couple of other applicants were sitting around a MS1 having lunch and asking questions about the program. One of the applicants made a reference about a show on MTV. The student had a blank look on his face and asked, "WHAT'S MTV?" WTF!!??? :confused: I come from South America (under-developed country), and when I go home to visit my cousins, they always tell ME about the newest hits on MTV. And they don't even own a TV!!!

    I also saw a medical student use a cadaver's middle finger to flick us off at UTMB. It was pretty funny at the time but then I realized how F'ed up that was.

    Anyway please feel free to share your stories!! I'm very curious to see what pops up. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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  3. Doctora Foxy

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    At my Chicago Med interview, we were talking about Lake Michigan and I brought up that episode of Wild on E! about it...and my interviewer and I then talked about Brooke Burke! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> I regretted having so much coffee and talking about that afterwards, but it didn't matter, b/c that turned out to be my only acceptance. :) Sometimes it's cool to just be yourself. :D
     
  4. MandM06

    MandM06 Mr. 25/8
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    Hey Doctora!! I'm glad that just being yourself turned out with positive results! Good Luck...but don't get caught on video like WILD :D
     
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    Hi Mand.,

    A little off subject, but if you think those things were weird...just wait 'til you get to Parkland. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    Just kidding. The only strange thing that happened to me was at TCOM. We went back to the morgue to take a peek at the cadavers and ended up getting the scoop on the resident ghost who 'lives' in the gross anatomy lab. LONG STORY!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />

    bye
     
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    have you guys heard of the website <a href="http://www.interviewfeedback.com??" target="_blank">www.interviewfeedback.com??</a> it was up about a year ago and it's basically a website students post on their own personal interview experiences (for medschool). for some reason, it's not up.. do u know what happened to this awesome site?
     
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    During my SLU interview (which by the way I might be attending), I was telling my interviewer about an episode of domestic violence that occured within my family... and she laughed! I guess with the excitement of the interview and everything I didn't think much about it at the time, but I got pretty pissed afterwards!
     
  8. Doctora Foxy

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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 gh:
    <strong>have you guys heard of the website <a href="http://www.interviewfeedback.com??" target="_blank">www.interviewfeedback.com??</a> it was up about a year ago and it's basically a website students post on their own personal interview experiences (for medschool). for some reason, it's not up.. do u know what happened to this awesome site?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Unfortunately, it's been down for a few months and no one knows why :( . SDN has its own interview feedback, but not many people have filled it out. I have some of the interviewfeedback stuff saved on my computer, so I'll post it later on in the season if anyone needs it. :)
     
  9. HanSolo

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    boyz, foxy, you actually saved some of the stuff off <a href="http://www.interviewfeedback.com" target="_blank">www.interviewfeedback.com</a> on your comp.?? You are so amazing and awesome!! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> I never thought of doing that. Hats off to you, Foxy!!
     
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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 cong:
    <strong>boyz, foxy, you actually saved some of the stuff off <a href="http://www.interviewfeedback.com" target="_blank">www.interviewfeedback.com</a> on your comp.?? You are so amazing and awesome!! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> I never thought of doing that. Hats off to you, Foxy!!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">awww, thanks :) Before my interviews, I copied and pasted all the "interesting/difficult questions" and "other advice", and then I printed it out to read on the plane, so I have that stuff saved for a few schools. :) ...I think only for GW and UF, actually, since it went down after that.
     
  11. I scheduled 4 interviews in five days since I am from the West Coast and wanted to save money:

    Monday-Ohio State
    Tuesday-Case Western
    Wednesday-Georgetown
    Friday-George Washington

    I flew into Columbus on Sunday night. It was my first interview.... so I didnt sleep much the night before because of nervousness (I think like 3 hours). During my tour I ran into my neighbor from when I was a kid. She was a 1st year med student. We went to junior high, high school, and UCLA together. We talked until 2am and then I remembered that I had a 2 hour drive to Cleveland for my CWRU interview at 9AM the next morning. Got a speeding ticket on the way (speed trap). Finally got to my exit and when I stopped at a stoplight at 4am a woman jumped on the hood of my car and would not let me drive unless I got out of the car and went into the department store with her (it was closed). Long story... but everything turned out fine. Got to the motel and was offered crack as I was entering the front door. Decided that I would drive 20 miles back to go to a safer motel. Got there at 4:30 and got to bed at 5am. Got up at 730am. Interview went decently well... but I fell asleep during lunch.

    Left Cleveland that night and since I am a Middle-Easterner... I got "randomly" searched at every stage of my flight boarding. I was the last one to get on the plane and was forced to check in my garment bag because they ran out of room. I told them that I will leave it on an empty seat but the racist a$$holes would not let me. So I told them that it was extremely important that it gets there while they took it away laughing. Well... needless to say... I arrive in Baltimore (not DC because the airports were still closed (in was still Sept)) without a garment bag and waited until 2am until the last flight from Cleveland came in. Missed the last train to DC and took a $50 cab (airline re-embursed me later). Found a friend of a friend in DC that was cool with me borrowing his suit and it actually fit. By the time I got to bed it was 5am. Got up at 630am. Interview was at 8am.

    At the end of that interview day... I was so tired that I was a walking zombie.

    By the way.... my suit somehow went to Manchester, NH by accident. They got it to me 2 hours before my GW interview. 2 days it was missing!!!!

    Moral of the story.... give yourself time between interviews for the variables you dont know about: the long lost friend from down the street, the motel with independent pharmacists outside your room, the ignorant luggage handlers, and the freakin' highway patrol.
     
  12. MandM06

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    OMG!!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> I couldn't help but laugh at getting offered crack and the lady jumping on your hood. But the airport trouble you had made ME mad. What BASTARDS!! I'm glad you made it thru your ordeal and thanks for the story! After reading this, many pre-meds should heed your advice.
     
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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 mdmom:
    <strong>Hi MandM06,

    A little off subject, but if you think those things were weird...just wait 'til you get to Parkland. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    Just kidding. The only strange thing that happened to me was at TCOM. We went back to the morgue to take a peek at the cadavers and ended up getting the scoop on the resident ghost who 'lives' in the gross anatomy lab. LONG STORY!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />

    bye</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I bet I'll have my fair share of occurences of the STRANGE <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> at Parkland. Maybe, I can make a TV show out of it like the X-files. <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />

    BTW, CONGRATULATIONS <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> on being accepted to UT-Houston (I saw it on the Class of '06 thread). WooooHOOOOOOO!!!!
     
  14. trouta

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    Not quite from the interview trail, but from AMCAS:

    My mother: Listed as deceased but also listed as my primary alternate contact. Only one medical school even batted an eye at this.

    Worst part about it, the school that did mention it did so as follows:

    I walked into the room with my first interviewer, she looked at my file and said, "Im sorry to hear about your mother." I was shocked and responded that I didnt know what she was talking about. She continued with, "Your mother is deceased, right?"

    Yikes! Nothing like finding out a loved one has died during an interview (even if they are alive and well).
     
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    MandM06,

    Thanks. Have you heard of the senior film they do at Southwestern? So where do you think they come up with the stuff to put in it? :rolleyes:

    No need for another X-files. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    I'd like to do some clinicals at SW, maybe I'll see you later.

    Have a good one. :cool:
     

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