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  • University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Columbia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"What would you do about the 9/11 attacks? (I was asked this by an interviewer and also by a patient at the V.A. hospital who insisted we should just bomb Afghanistan off the face of the planet)" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research experience (I have a master's degree, so I got this a lot at interviews)" Report Response

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

"Democrat or Republican? Why? Leader or follower? Pro-life or pro-choice? Feminist or not? This led to discussions on all kinds of touchy subjects like affirmative action and women's rights. " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"One interviewer would give me two choices and ask me to pick one, such as "democrat or republican," "leader or follower," then he would sometimes ask me to explain why." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you were the president, what would you do about the Sept. 11 attacks (my interview was on Sept. 26)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I have a book about applying to medical school and I read the section in it about the interview process and potential questions. I also take a beta-blocker for a heart murmer, so I took an extra one before the interviews to calm my nerves." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the use of technology, such as connections for laptops at every seat in the lecture hall (all students are required to purchase a laptop at this school) and wireless internet connections for the laptops." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"the campus was relatively small compared to other schools I visited" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had practiced my interview skills better beforehand, because this was my first interview. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This interview was for early decision. I didn't get in as an early decision student, and I'm glad now, because I discovered later that I liked another school better, so that is where I'm going. Overall the interview experience was good, but since it was my first set of interviews, I was really too nervous to enjoy it much. Also, at one of my interviews, there was a second interviewer present who was training to interview students in the spring." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/26/2001

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