What are some of the worst/best things you've said at an interview?

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Just a little thread to share some "don't do's" and "do's" based on your interview experience.

Since, it is getting close to interview season, I thought a little story telling might ease some interviewee's nerves. :)
 
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Just a little thread to share some "don't do's" and "do's" based on your interview experience.

Since, it is getting close to interview season, I thought a little story telling might ease some interviewee's nerves. :)
This reminds me of that little plaque on the wall:

10 things you should never say to a police officer

10 things you should never say to an adcom!
 

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This reminds me of that little plaque on the wall:

10 things you should never say to a police officer

10 things you should never say to an adcom!
1. You're not gonna check the trunk, are you?
 
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1. You're not gonna check the trunk, are you?
(Police officer picks up bag of coke, then looks at druggy)

Druggy: It's not mine!
 

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i have a bet about interviews with my dad already. if i manage to get through all of my interviews without tripping over something, walking into something, knocking something over, or falling down, he will give me $50. if not, i have to pay him. chances are i'll be out $50 after my first interview since i'm the biggest klutz ever.
 

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Interviewer: So, phonyreal98, where do you see yourself in ten years?
(Don't say doin' your wife, don't say doin' your wife, don't say doin' your wife)
Phonyreal98: Doin' your....son?
 

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I went into a little spout about camouflage of World War II naval camouflage replication because the interviewer asked about my current artwork.
 

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When talking about how this genetic disease effected mitochondria, I called them midichlorians. Yeah, from Star Wars.

/facepalm
 

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When talking about how this genetic disease effected mitochondria, I called them midichlorians. Yeah, from Star Wars.

/facepalm

lol

I've always wondered what it would be like to answer a "So, what would you say that your greatest weakness is?" question with "Well, I did once kill a man...but, umm...he started it!"
 

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up until this year, my dad was an interviewer at a major medical school. he shared some stories with me, such as:

the night before the interview day a bunch of people went out, one girl got wasted, went home with a random guy, and didn't even go to the interview the next day... FAIL

another girl wrote her entire personal statement about how she wants to be a dolphin but that being a doctor would be a good second choice.
 

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lol

I've always wondered what it would be like to answer a "So, what would you say that your greatest weakness is?" question with "Well, I did once kill a man...but, umm...he started it!"
hahaha, good one. I've had discussions on the worst answer to the greatest weakness question. Some good one (or so I thought) include:

-I get really, really angry when I have to answer stupid, f-ing questions.
-I tend to drink on the job
-Internet porn
 

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another girl wrote her entire personal statement about how she wants to be a dolphin but that being a doctor would be a good second choice.

Holy geez!
 
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Holy geez!
:thumbup:

I can't believe she sent that in. She either had no desire to go to the school and had money to through away. Or, she is just that cocky. lol

I wonder if she got in? I know some people who can pull an essay off like that and make it meaningful. But, geez that is so cocky especially when applying for professional school.
 

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Worst:
I dropped a handful of f-bombs at UCI - result: waitlist -> rejected

I said "bitch" at UCSF - result: accepted

I described in depth this punk concert night I used to run where everyone used to kick the **** out of each other at BU - result: accepted

I suggested a wide variety of scotch at OHSU - result: accepted

I talked about my halloween costume (60 y/o drag) at Pitt - result: rejected

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Best:

"Nice Bolo." At OHSU my 2nd interviewer was wearing this classic in westernwear. My Nevada heritage totally hooked me up.
 

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We were talking about my night job in NYC and he was like, "oh, tell me some cool things that you saw or happened to you"
My first reaction was " oh, ______ (someone really famous) asked me to join him for a line"
an awkward silence followed, until I said "I didn't have any"
he said, "suuuure"
 

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I'm all about the patients.

The question was concerning my tutoring of inner city students.
 

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Somewhere on the lines that people were idiots because they killed cats because the rat population that emerged spread bubonic plague everywhere and killed everyone. Though I said it in a funnier though totally candid way and still got accepted.