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What do interviewers know about us?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by medical22, Aug 21, 2002.

  1. medical22

    medical22 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2001
    Is it true that interviewers have only seen our personal statement and no other information about us until after the interview? I was surprised to hear this. I thought that the committee goes through everything, GPA, MCAT scores, extracurricular activities, secondaries, and then calls applicants for an interview. It's good and bad in a way, but I never thought taht they judge us solely on the personal statement.
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  3. doepug

    doepug Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2001
    Baltimore, MD
    It varies widely from school to school.

    At most schools, interviewers will have read your AMCAS and secondary application thoroughly. They will have very focused questions about what you wrote. In my experience, this is the most common format.

    Other schools only release certain information (e.g. personal statement and essay responses), so to blind the interviewers to your statistics. I only encountered one school that did this.

    Some schools have a "closed file" interview system, where all the interviewer will know is your name.

    Good luck,
  4. nero

    nero Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 15, 2000
    yeup, University of South Florida does this, the interviewer knows your name and thats' it........they just bascically sit and talk with you...............

  5. kathleeya

    kathleeya Member 7+ Year Member

    May 26, 2002
    ditto on doepug's comments...

    if you check out the interview feedback section, you'll be able to see the open- or closed-file interview status of many of the schools.
  6. medical22

    medical22 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2001

    If that's the case, then who decides which applicants get called for an interview and what is that decision based on?
  7. gower

    gower 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 14, 2000
    New York
    Admissions Committee screeners, not the interviewers, make the decisions on who gets interviewed. The screeners see the whole file. Often, interviewers are not actually members of the Admission committee; they submit reports and recommendations to the decision makers.
  8. Mixmaster

    Mixmaster Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 17, 2002
    I know that at Rush you get two interviews, 1 person knows the numbers and has an Open file, and the other interviewer has a closed file (I believe this means they only get your statements and no statistics).
  9. mpp

    mpp SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2001
    Portland, OR
    At University of Washington there is a panel interview. Two interviewers have seen your entire file and one has only seen your personal statement.

    At Mayo, all interviews are open-file.

    Often there is an initial screening for interview selection based on a few criteria: GPA/Science GPA; MCAT; state of residence

    Many state schools (U of Washington is one) will interview ever state resident with scores above a certain threshold. They will also interview others with lower scores pending a further review of the file.

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