What Was Your Biggest Interview F-Up?!

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  1. Yogurt the Kid

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    I've heard some funny/odd stories about choking at interviews and just plain incompetent interviewers. A friend of mine told me his interviewer didn't even seem to have read his PS or looked at his file. The entire interview was ridiculously awkward and the interviewer asked tasteless questions about religious preference :rolleyes: , etc. It came to the point where the interviewer asked about a C on his transcript, and my friend just bursted out laughing with no real response. He still gets in <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> .
     
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    I was at my first interview -- Columbia -- and I was sooooo nervous. I had read all the advice about thinking before you answer. So the interviewer opens with "Tell me about yourself." I waited a few seconds to decide what aspect of myself to describe first, and he got very annoyed (but not nearly annoyed as I was at myself!). After that initial hurdle it went fine, with me trying to loosen him up and get him to smile. I got in.
     
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    I got asked "What do you think your worst quality as a doctor would be" at my first interview, and I just froze, like a deer in someone's headlights... I had never anticipated that question, which was stupid because I've been asked it three times now, but I just rambled on for a while about how I was too polite, then I realized I had to give them something more than that, and rambled on for another five minutes... It was pretty horrible. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     
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    I realized halfway through my Einstein interview that I was brushing my nose with my hand every minute and a half. It was like I had suddenly developed an hour-long tic. I finally controlled it and began acting normal again, but man, I must have looked like such a dork!!! Fortunately I had a wonderful interviewer who didn't seem phased by it (or at least hid it very well). She was also a very KIND interviewer, as despite my weirdness I was accepted.
     
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    So I am at Cornell and the interview is going with fine with the lady over admissions. It is almost over. I mention that I am staying in nyc for a little longer b/c I dont have classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. So after I spent alot of the interview talking about how much I enjoyed my teach for america experience she asked me about being a teaching assistant to college students. I guess my expression showed my sentiments. I could not even pretend that some of the college students dont work a nerve. She told me she could tell by my expression that I did not like it as much and why? Oh well, at that point I just told the truth about how annoying the students can be sometimes. Hope that did not hurt my chances. I know you are supposed to seem positive about stuff at interviews but my expression gave me away so I couldnt fake it.
     
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    I told the interviewer that I liked thier curriculum because I was an independent learner and thus would like group learning.

    He scratched his head and replied: "Aren't those mutually exclusive: being an independent learner and liking to work in groups?!"

    I rambled on like a dear struck in headlights trying to explain that by independent, I meant independent of large lectures and a professor throwing facts at you.

    At this same school, the second interview felt like the verbal reasoning of the MCAT; I WAS CLUELESS ON HOW TO ANSWER SOME OF HER QUESTIONS! I stopped to think for an answer but I was simply stumped. I simply said that I couldn't think of an answer. Of course when I walked out I thought of a million ways I could've answered. Especially when she asked: "What event had given me insight into life or the world in general?" Like a moron I was frozen and didn't answer. But obviously the September 11 event had given me a new persective especially since it happened when we were crying over AMCAS.

    I'm almost positive that I won't get in because of my lousy interview, and this happened to be my top choice.
     
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    at stanford, i mentioned that i was seriously interested in public health at which point the student interviewer proceeded to tell me that stanford had no school of public health.

    BUT actually, i knew this and said that i could do a degree over at berkeley if i wanted to... but she didn't seem convinced that stanford was the right place for me, given my public health interest.

    needless to say, that kinda sucked!!!
     
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    My first interview was at Tulane. One of my interviewers was very strange. He would look up at me and ask a question, then look down to his notepad and just scribble away while I talked... he wasn't very conversational or friendly. The interviewers were not supposed to know our GPA and MCAT scores, but that is what most of his questions revolved around (he even asked what my class rank in high school was). Later in the interviewer he asked me where else I had applied and then asked why I didn't apply to Stanford (being from the west coast). I answered, very honestly, that I had applied there for undergrad and was not at all impressed when I visited there, I thought that most of the people were too elitist, and the student, while being very intelligent weren't as well rounded as I would have liked my classmates to be. I also mentioned that the well-roundedness of the students at Tulane was something that really impressed me. Later on he told me that he had done part of his training at Stanford. I almost died... I couldn't believe I had ripped on his alma mater. Fortunately, two weeks later I was accepted :)
     
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    Where do I start? :rolleyes:
    One of my first interviews was at my state school, Medical College of Georgia...this was after coming back from an interview at my top choice and I was probably overconfident, which didn't help. My first interviewer never smiled and never seemed happy with what I was saying. At one point, he gave me an ethical question upon which I felt like I floundered forever...after randomly thinking aloud I finally came to an answer but I felt horrible. My second interviewer was almost through with me, and I thought it had gone well, when he asked me if I had ever experienced any hardships...I had recently come out of a depression and it just kind of fell out of my mouth (I sounded a little desperate also). His expression got a little serious and I thought for sure that I had pretty much sealed my rejection letter. After 4 months of not hearing anything, I finally got their acceptance letter!

    At Tulane, I felt both of my interviews had gone extremely well until my second interviewer asked me, "If you were to get accepted here, would you definitely come?" Since I thoroughly believe in being honest, I sincerely told him that I would have to consider any other acceptances I may have. I didn't realize that when a school asks you if you will come, ALWAYS SAY YES!!! I got waitlisted...

    There are plenty more where these came from but I will just leave it at these!
    dlc :p
     
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    no... you shouldn't always just say yes, especially if it's not true! there are a lot of different factors that are important. and i don't even think it's really that appropriate for them to be asking that question anyway.

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by dlc:
    <strong>At Tulane, I felt both of my interviews had gone extremely well until my second interviewer asked me, "If you were to get accepted here, would you definitely come?" Since I thoroughly believe in being honest, I sincerely told him that I would have to consider any other acceptances I may have. I didn't realize that when a school asks you if you will come, ALWAYS SAY YES!!! I got waitlisted...

    There are plenty more where these came from but I will just leave it at these!
    dlc :p </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
     
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    I agree with vyc. If you tell every school that you're definitely going to go there, then it will hurt you if those schools found out. Yes, adcoms from different med schools definitely talk to each other. Just be honest.
     
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    It may not be appropriate but when I came back from my interview, my boss (who is on the admissions committee of the school where I work) told me that what these committees are really looking for are applicants that really want to go to their school. Any hesitation and they will just move on to the next person. Since this is my third, and definitely final, application, I was pretty much going to go anywhere I got accepted (I didn't know if I would be lucky enough to have a choice in the end). At the time, I had no acceptances and, after hearing this from my boss, pretty much kicked myself because, had I not gotten in anywhere else, I would have definitely loved to go to that school!
     
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    I interviewed at both my state schools. Before my second interview, I had already been accepted by the first. This should have relieved my stress, and for the most part it did. However, I could not keep myself from saying the name of the school I wasn't talking about. When they asked me why I came to the interview after already being accepted, I said I wanted to give them full consideration. I asked my interviewer: "Tell me why I should go to Kentucky over Louisville." Unfortunately, I was AT Louisville, and she kind of laughed and said I shouldn't go to Kentucky over Louisville. :D

    Didn't hurt me, as I still got in.
     
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    After being grilled for an hour and a half, my interviewer put one hand on my shoulder and shook my hand with the other. Not knowing how to reciprocate, I tried to pat him on the back with my right hand. Unfortunately, I think I went a bit low, and nearly patting him on the ass. Uggh. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />
     
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    Gosh, where do I start?

    How about at my U Maryland interview when I walked in at 9:30, bright and early for what I thought was my 11 o'clock interview, and proceeded to learn that my interview actually had been at 9 AM. Ever get that sudden sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, accompanied by cold sweat, when you realize you made a BIG MISTAKE? (especially since UMD is my state school :) ) I ended up interviewing impromptu with the Dean of Admissions, and they ended up accepting me regardless.

    Another story was at Baylor when, 5 minutes before my first interview, I was holding a cup of Hawaiian Punch in my hand, when I turned it over to check my watch and spilled the red stuff all over the floor and my interview packet. Brilliant. Yet, this was matched the next day when I went through an entire interview with my suit jacket back tucked into my pants. (I'd been to the restroom just before the interview) Oh yeah... smooth operator I am... still haven't heard from Baylor yet, I reckon they think I'm a complete putz :) !

    Can y'all beat that? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    Chunk-ee
     
  17. I can! i got everybody and they mama beat EASY with my northwestern interview last year. but it makes me sad so i don't wanna talk about it. :rolleyes:

    COALBOY, how did you reach around to pat his ass with your right hand when he was SHAKING it? is it because you made it up? <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> seriously..did he shake your left or what?
     
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    He was shaking my left hand. And I didn't actually pat his ass. It was more like the small of his back, but it was dangerously close. :D
     
  19. he probably thought you wanted to dance.... <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
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    Thanks for all the insane stories! I'm sure there are more out there :D .

    Yogurt
     
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    an hour after a 45 min 2 doctor, 1 student interview, I saw the student from my panel in the elevator and asked him what kind of doctor he wanted to be when he grew up. He looked at me puzzled. Then said "Well I am currently a Gastroenterologist. I dont think a carrer change is in my future"...I thought this guy was the student during the ENTIRE interview! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> What a total putz. I am sure he introduced himself as doctor so and so, but I completely spaced it. Nope, didnt get in....
     
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    Thanks for sharing, everybody! Here's my horror story: I went to interview in Maine last fall and caught the last flight there on a Friday night (my interview was at 8 am on Saturday). So I arrived at the Portland airport at 10 pm only to discover that none of my luggage had made it with me!!!!! I was so tired anyway that I was in a terrible mood and I screamed at just about anyone I could find. I probably looked like such a lunatic! There were no clothing stores open, so I had to get up and rush to Walmart at 7 am to find a pseudo-suit. I have never bought clothes in such a frenzy!! I arrived breathless to the school at 8:05, and the interview went well. I told them about my mishap, and it seemed to break the ice. And I eventually got in... but it still embarasses me that I went to a med school interview in Walmart clothes. :)
     
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    Cavey: you really don't want to share about Northwestern? It could be cathartic...
    :p
     
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    I felt fully prepared for my first-ever interview! I even found the interviewer's office the day before so I'd know where to go. Anyway, I showed up at the guy's office promtly at 9:30 AM and introduced myself--only to find out my interviewer had NO IDEA I WAS COMING! He hadn't read my file, didn't even know my name! At first he though I had made a mistake:

    Him: Are you sure you're in the right place?

    Me: Pretty Sure!

    Anyway, the guy was not supposed to know my GPA or MCAT score, but was supposed to have read my essays and secondary, which he hadn't done. I got the vibe that he wanted to reschedule, but I just sat down anyway and said "well, why don't I just tell you about myself?"

    At that, he asked me to wait a minute and scurried out of his office. When he returned, he had my file--it was in his incoming mail!

    All in all, Things went well, because I was able to guide the conversation--hittin' all the hogh points!

    Got accepted.
     
  25. </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by locitamd:
    <strong>Cavey: you really don't want to share about Northwestern? It could be cathartic...
    :p </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">you know what..i'll tell you the freaking story. but it might make you cry but hopefully you laugh your ass off because it's in the past, and i'm only telling it to amuse and entertain you guys.

    basically, i was caught by surprise. i'd been doing horribly my senior year and got the NW interview in feb. i was so excited on interview day when i heard that 50% of interviewers got in. the panel interview rocked, and then the dean interviewed me. caught me off guard--i hadn't realized it would be so soon--thought it was later in the day..so i wasn't even in the interview frame of mind when she called me as i was talking with the other applicants. i turned around, adn there she was. i followed her into her office. anyway, my file was on her desk. after some BSing she asked me to look at my file and see if anythign was missing. immediately you know what rushed through my mind. i thumbed through it and said "yep. looks like everythings here" acting like i thought she just meant for me to look through it for no apparent reason. she then asked me if i could "update" the grades section with my fall grades. well, i took a long time to "remember" saying that i couldn't remember what classes i'd even taken, and saying "can i send official transcripts when i get back to miami" with her saying "well, just try to remember a few and give us those...i'll give you some time to think" so i slowly started coming out with course names and letter grades. two c's, one b, one withdrawal, one incomplete and a solitary A in musicology! i tried to space it out with the A in the middle to make it look a little nicer.
    <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> :( . anyway it got very pathetic at this point, because i couldn't remember one last course that i'd taken. but anyway as soon as i'd written down those first several courses her facial expression changed completely. her face and body no longer moved. the was still, and her eyes were looking down over her nose directly, and with a serious demeanor, at my crappy grades. i was trying to pretend i didn't notice the sudden change in "aura" in her office (she was the dean of admissions did i mention....). finally i "realized" that i'd folded up my grades and stuffed them into my wallet to carry them around as a reminder of my utter failure (yes, i told you it was sad). i'd actually realized that i had my grades with me before i "realized" it in front of her. but i was debating whether i should make it known to her that i'd realized i had the grades in my wallet. "is it worth it to look this bad"--to look like i'd lied about not remembering my grades and offering to send official transcripts--which i'd planned to "delay" sending anyway.

    eventually, when i pulled it out of my wallet the aura of the room fell to an even deeper level. like the audience suddenly went aaawww and all hopes for the hero had gone down the drain. i got the feeling she thought i'd lied and had those grades with me the whole time (and knew it) but had lied to hide my secret a little longer. i was like "oh actually wait, i just remembered i have my grades in my wallet. i carry them with me to remind me how bad i messed up. etc, etc." i was very uneasy as you can imagine. after filling in that last grade with was actually that incomplete that i mentioned above, i folded it back up and stuck it in my wallet. it was over. and i knew it. she bull****ted for a while more with me, like 3 more minutes. then it was over. she got up, i got up, she moved to the door saying some bs chit chat stuff. in my last desperate attempt to look like a decent guy and possibly rescue the interview (HA!) i offered to move back the chair to where it was (i had to pull it up to her desk), and bent down to move it and looked up at her and asked. she just looked at me like i was a dying piece of roadkill. like i was alrady screwed and i knew it, and i was scrambling for something...anything. i walked out eventually. i sat with the other candidates who were by now basically done with interviews also. people were surprised to hear that i thought the dean interviw (which is supposed to be a 5 minute getting to know you deal) was really tough for me. they were like "no way, it was so easy, all she wanted basically was to know my grades and that's it. it was totally stress free." everybody was saing that and looking at me puzzled. i wasn't about to tell them anything specific (my shoulders felt about 10,000 pounds heavy, and felt like they were down around my waist). the weight of the world was on me. like somebody had told me my mother just died and also beat the **** out of me. that's how powerful it felt. but it wasn't sadness that i felt, it was complete, complete embarassment. i felt pathetic. anyway, the day continued adn throughout the stupid financial aid talk that lasted like 2 hours and people were talking back and forth, i just felt like a huge boulder was pushing it's way through my skull. it was even worse because everyone there was a great applicant from a top school and I was a total scrub--not worthy of their time.

    i saw her at the end of the day passing through the office as all the applicants and I went into the admissions office to get our coats, etc. i looked up as she quickly passed by and tried to give her a smile. she saw me, but didn't turn her face towards me..just kept walking. at that point there was no doubt in my mind.

    as you can probably guess...this was not cathartic!! reliving this moment makes me cringe.
     
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    What doesn't kill us makes us stronger, eh, Caveman? Well, I'm sure you've comforted a few souls who thought they'd had the world's worst interview!!
     
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    Hey Caveman,
    Since I was the one to goad you into sharing, I figured I would comment and reciprocate. First off, it doesn't sound like you f#$%ked up, it sounds like the dean was a major shmo (and I'm editing). She could have made some type of comment to make you feel more comfortable, and then not smiling or saying goodbye to you at then end of the day, well that's just bad form on her part. Argh, Northwestern, who needs em, right?

    And as for (only one of my many) interview f$%K up(s), the day started with bagels and juice in a conference room. The administrators left us alone for approx 30 mins (why, did we have to get there so early in the morning for this?) presumabely to get to know the other candidates. Then we were joined by one of the Deans of Amissions, who tried to break the ice by going around the room and asking each of us for intersting Halloween costumes/stories from our past. I was a "fairy princess" (ok, I don't remember what everybody said except for one woman who said she pasted cereal boxes to herself, carried a fake gun and went as a "cereal" killer). Everybody went. Innocuous. Then I opened my big fat trap. I went as pee. I swear the Dean looked like I had slapped her. "Well I don't think I can dress my four year old son up as that," was all she said to me. I spent the whole rest of the day trying to avoid that Dean so she wouldn't be able to put a name to that stupid comment.
     
  28. hey locitamd,

    I didn't scrutinize her reaction, but I thought it was kinda funny. She did want something to remember us by when she was reviewing applications :D
     
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    Nikki: You are too funny! I was gonna mention you in my post, but I didn't want to out you as a witness. All I know is that I wished the floor would have opened up and swallowed me whole after saying that.

    BTW - congratulations (again) on all of your acceptances. <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />

    And to everyone else: at least with Nikki's post you know I was being truthful about my f$%K up...
     
  30. Oh, and me saying that I was a pimp for mardi gras wasn't too smart either :D
     
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    You guys are too funny! I actually spit out what I was drinking when I read about Coalboy's near-ass experience. Although none of my interviews were so comical, for my first interview, my interviewer asked me only one question, "Tell about every extracurricular activity you ever did." My mind went totally blank. I have been out of school for quite some time now so I over a decade of stuff to cover. There was so much, but I couldn't think of any (even though I had gone over my app at least a million times before the interview). Then I finally said,"well, I was in ROTC." Her response, "Yeah, I see that. What else?" I couldn't remember so finally she said, "Weren't you in student government?" I said, "Oh yeah, I was." Needless to say, I looked like a complete idiot. Oh, and I didn't realize it, but during the course of the interview, my leg somehow found its way underneath my other leg, up on the chair, in a semi-crosslegged fashion, which I was then afraid to move because I didn't want to draw attention to my faux pas. Utimate result: WAITLISTED. :rolleyes:
     
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    Locita - how did you dress up as 'pee' for Haloween??? Or am I missing something?? :confused:

    Anyway, it doesn't sound that bad. :) I'm sure you guys did fine. At least you've never been asked to name the President of South Africa, the former name of Zimbabwe, and to explain a free radical mechanism all in the same interview. :)
     
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    caveman, thanks for sharing! :D
     
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    You folks had some interesting experiences. Mine are lame in comparism and I'm hesitant to share as a result.

    Anyway, day before my interview, I was searching for recent articles published by my interviewer. I told him in the morning that I couldn't find anything on him <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" /> *how stupid of me*. He turned and looked at me with an astonished look, and it was only then that I realized my blunder. I tried to cover it up by joking that it must be a good sign that my background check came up empty. The bad joke didn't work. An intense interview ensued after a minute of silence.

    Then he asked me the # of membrane spanning regions of this protein I'm meant to be an expert on. I gave a wrong answer <img border="0" alt="[Pity]" title="" src="graemlins/pity.gif" /> . His response? "I would think you should be able to count by now considering all that math". I instantly tried another pathetic joke again to salvage whatever scraps of dignity I had left. This time he said he "loved the joke". But I guess the joke he loved was on my sorry @ss :( . I struggled "valiantly" through the remaining half hour of the interview.
     
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    Original - the nice thing about having all my research in astronomy is that nobody in medicine knows anything about astronomy, so they can never ask me anything about my research. And even if they ask a question, they have no way of knowing if my answer is right or not. Mwahaha! :D
     
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    Hi Caveman - just by reading your post, I could feel that you were feeling a lot of pain even as you were reliving and recounting this interview at Northwestern. If you don't mind me asking, why did you struggle so much in your senior year?

    This whole admissions process is so nerve-wrecking and cold-hearted that it could leave a normal college kid feeling like a criminal. There's not enough effort on the part of med schools to ease the emotional highs and lows and traumas that they subject applicants to. The dean at Northwestern should've at least verbalized the situation and cleared the air instead of letting you leave on a tense note.

    But it seems like you've worked really hard since then. So I don't think anyone will ever have an excuse to make you feel like that again.
     
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    Another interview faux pas:

    We had been rigorously debreifed the day before a panel interview. We were told to sit at the head of the table and we were informed about the sitting positions of each of the committee members.

    I nervously staggered into the room-full of committee members ahead of the co-director who came to fetch me from the waiting room. I was looking like a pathetic sewer rat. I staggered into the co-director's seat only to notice a chilling silence in the room. They all stared at me for a good 10 seconds and then burst out laughing in unision. I think one guy even rolled out of his seat; and another was teary-eyed from laughing too hard.

    I nervously joined in the laughter despite not knowing what the he11 these people were laughing about. The co-director smiled and gently tapped my shoulder and asked if I would be kind enough to give her seat back. I then realized what the raucus was about. So I went "oh! I'm so sorry :( ".

    Before I could recover from this episode, I was faced with a round of questions. Some of them were even still chuckling under their breaths. Now it's funny, but trust me you guys should have caught that sh!t on tape. I was freaking pathetic :) .
     
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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 brandonite:
    <strong>Original - the nice thing about having all my research in astronomy is that nobody in medicine knows anything about astronomy, so they can never ask me anything about my research. And even if they ask a question, they have no way of knowing if my answer is right or not. Mwahaha! :D </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I'm jealous :D But hey I sometimes BSed about some math research and could tell they didn't have a clue what the he11 I was talking about. :D But for the most part I looked like a complete idiot.
     
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    Brandonite: Think Yellow! Besides, I was part of an ensemble that night. I'll leave the rest to the imagination.
     
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    I had a very cool incident with a very big name researcher. I was interviewing at UT-Southwestern for their MD/PhD. My interview was with the 1994 Nobel laureate, Al Gilman. Who works on the same kind of signal transduction work I've been doing. After a bunch of grilling questions on my research, he asked me "So how do you think you're going to balance time between being a physician and a researcher - since you say you want to become a primary care physician."... I went blank.
    Not because I didn't know the answer, but because I didn't recall saying that I wanted to be a primary physician. So I was honest and told him that he was mistaken and that I wanted to be a researcher.
    He then pulled out my application and read a sentence to me and said "Well you say this here in your application now don't you??".. I felt sweaty palms, because I was scurrying for an answer. Without thinking I immediately said "Oh, you must have been reading my MD essay. I said something else in my PhD one".... before I could finish, I realized what a stupid idiot I had been to admit that I said two completely different things in my two essays. A thirty second silence ensued as he stared me in the eye, and I tried to fake a grin.
    He then suddenly burst into laughter, and stood up from his seat and offered a handshake saying "That's very honest of you... I like that. I like that a lot!". I didn't know what to say at that point, so I smiled with a "Oh-I-really-meant-to-be-honest" kinda look on my face. The truth is it slipped and I had a lucky break. Dr. Gilman ended up recommending me very highly for admission there.
     
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    Three pages later....what a great read!
    Best thread in a long time.
     
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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 locitamd:
    <strong>Brandonite: Think Yellow! Besides, I was part of an ensemble that night. I'll leave the rest to the imagination.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"><img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />

    I was just confused as to how you would dress up as a liquid. I'm guessing the other person might have had an easier visual statement. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    Correct indeed! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />

    But I'll let you in on a secret: there was more ensemble than just 2!
     
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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 locitamd:
    <strong>Correct indeed! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />

    But I'll let you in on a secret: there was more ensemble than just 2!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Well, I can think of some X-rated body fluids that could make an appearance... :D

    Or, it could be blood and saliva, but that doesn't seem quite as fun. :)
     
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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 brandonite:
    <strong>
     
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    Hehe I made a habit of sitting in the interviewers chairs by mistake after I rushed in. :D
     
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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 Zulq:
    <strong>Hehe I made a habit of sitting in the interviewers chairs by mistake after I rushed in. :D </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Nice! I am not alone :D
     
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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 locitamd:
    <strong>Well, it was more " :D " and less " :) "

    <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />

    How you holding up w/the Duke stuff Brandonite?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"><img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> Wish I could've seen that... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    I'm doing fine. I'm an optimist, so I choose to believe they'll be calling me on Friday. :) Some people call that arrogance, but, well, they aren't around right now, are they? :p
     
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    Well I was having this riveting conversation with my interviewer at Einstein who just happened to have a comfortably soothing voice - I dozed off (i closed my eyes) for a couple of seconds right in front of his face. You know when you're sitting in lecture or something and you doze off and you then violently jerk awake - well thats what happened. I was so mortified.
     
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    Okay first of all it was my first interview. I had given myself plenty of time to walk to the school(UCSF). I finally arrive on campus with ten minutes to spare. Then I walk into the admissions area but can't seem to find the right office number. Finally I ask one of the admissions people where the office is. She looks at my letter and kindly informs me that I'm at USF not UCSF apparently the hotel gave me the wrong direction.
    Immediatly I enter panic mode.
    They agree to call me a cab and i'm sitting out there on the corner waiting for this cab to get there. I'm hoping I have enough money to get where I'm going, my french twist has been obliterated by the wind.
    Oh.....by now I'm ten minutes late.
    I get in the cab, managed to pay for it and still scrambling to find my way into the interview office. I'm late but now I need five minutes to redo my hair, reapply my makeup, and generally get the "Oh ****" expression off my face. To top it all of I forgot my watch and spent the rest of the day being the stupid interviewee who kept having to ask people "what time is it".
     
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    Ahhhh Rhiana..my heart sank for you when i read that, ay yei yei..how did the interview itself go?
     

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