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  • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Newark, NJ
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

2 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 do you want to be a doctor?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Why do you want to come to this school?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Describe your youth growing up." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you like to do for fun?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Describe the research you did as an undergraduate (I did very technical research which is hard to describe without pictures, next time I will take some pictures with me)." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read interview feedback on this website, I read information from their website, I read my AMCAS application and I spent four hours driving around the nearby neighborhoods." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The student support progams are great. There is also a very diverse student body, which I think is wonderful." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The nearby neighborhoods. West and south of the medical school the neighborhoods are run down with lots of garbage and graffiti. North and east of the medical school, the neighborhoods look pretty nice." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The medical school is close to the airport. There is a direct path to the airport without having to go through so many neighborhoods. Study your maps well ahead of time." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This was my second interview. I thoroughly enjoyed the interview. It lasted about 70 minutes. My interviewer is a PhD. I learned a great deal about the school by asking questions during the interview (when I was asked if I had any questions). The interview was relaxed and was more of an open conversation to find out who I am. I was asked many specific questions from my AMCAS application (it helped greatly that I reviewed my statement that morning). I arrived early to my interview so that I could look around and read their handouts. The school is contained in one building, mainly the second floor. There is an enclosed grassy area north of the building where students can eat, relax or study. The parking lots are under surveillance by security guards and police, which made me feel pretty safe. Medical students are given a keycard that allows them access to the building and room (cadavers, study rooms) 24 hours a day. There is a scribe service, and some students only attend class on occassion because this service is available. It costs $200 a quarter and every word that the instructor says is written down. The advantage to the scribe service is that the previous year's tests are available. The interview is a time for you to get to know the school as much as it is an opportunity for the medical school to see who you are as a person. I was somewhat worried about what the interview would be like, and I was pleased with it. Good luck." Report Response

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