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  • New York University Grossman School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • New York
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Why did you take a year off? Since it takes so long to earn a medical degree, why have you just added another year to it?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"Why did you take a class in ______? (something non-science, not in my major) How do you think that would help you later in life?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"What are your hobbies? What are you currently reading?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing interesting." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What do you think about the fact that there are so many disadvantaged people in the U.S.? (Actually, the question was phrased even more vaguely than this!) Is the U.S. doing a good enough job of dealing with this problem? What can we do to improve the situation?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Re-read my application, read the NYU website, read this website, reviewed my research notes, thought of answers to commonly asked questions." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"How happy the students are--random students would approach us just to tell us how much they liked NYU. They said the faculty really cared about the students doing well, they were learning a lot, yet having a lot of fun." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The nasty attitude of my interviewer--she was so antagonistic and challenged everything in my application, as well as my answers. It definitely left a bitter impression of NYU, though I know it shouldn't because everything else about the school, the students especially, seemed great. Actually, the facilities seem only mediocre." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The tour was not going to show me very much. Everyone kept boasting about how great Bellvue Hospital is, but we never got to see it, nor did we get to see the dorms. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The lunch and tour were positive experiences, though my interview experience at NYU has been my worst one yet. Lunch is at noon for everyone, but tour and interview times vary. Lunch was in the hospital cafeteria because the faculty lounge, where interviewees are usually taken, was closed. The cafeteria, like most cafeterias, was not impressive. However, a few students stopped to talk to us, and they seemed very happy with NYU. The tour was given by two first year students. We didn't get to see much unfortunately, though again, the students were really nice, very happy, and eager to answer our questions. My interview, on the other hand, did not go as well. My interviewer was an hour late to our appointment, and did not apologize for it. Actually, she was sitting in one of the individual rooms in the interview suite the whole time, so I don't really know why I was kept waiting for so long. She was very antagonistic, and even made a few nasty comments that I felt were unnecessary. She challenged much of what was in my application, and challenged my answers to her questions. I think it is valid for an interviewer to challenge an applicant, but my interviewer had somewhat of a nasty, condescending tone to her comments/questions, along with an at-times sour look on her face. She ended the interview by asking if I had already been accepted to any medical school, which other NY schools I was applying to, and which "safety" schools I was applying to. (All illegal questions I believe.) Overall it was a very negative interview experience, and I was quite shocked at how negative my interviewer was. However, I must say that everyone else who interviewed at the same time said they had good experiences with nice interviewers--I think I had an unusual experience. Most everyone else's interview was 20-35 minutes, so they were all done before my interviewer even came to meet me! I'm not sure whether her interview style was to be antagonistic, or whether she really just didn't like my application. But I really should stress that I think I had an unusual experience." Report Response

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