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  • Washington University-St. Louis School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • St. Louis
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10


How long was the interview?

50 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)?

"Tell me about your family." Report Response

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

"What do you like to read? (One of my recommenders brought up a paper I wrote about F. Scott Fitzgerald, so we talked about that quite a bit.)" Report Response

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

"What do you see yourself doing in 20 years." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is the best movie you've seen lately" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What lead you to decide to become a doctor? Followed by: What lead you to decide to become a doctor? That's so weird to be asked the same question twice..." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read brochure, website, Interview Feedback" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"They really try to help the interviewees. We got to stay at their dorms for free, got a free clock (?), pen, books, lots of literature on the school, and the best interview day lunch ever. The hospital is the nicest I've seen. It looks like a hotel (and I'm not talking Motel 6, either). The faculty is top notch. There is research money lying around everywhere, waiting for someone to pick it up and use it." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The classrooms are cold and look kinda old. More competitive school. More traditional curriculum. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"You can park anywhere overnight, but before 8am, you have to get a permit from the Admissions office (which opened around 7:15am) and put it on your car, and park in the surface lot. To get on the surface lot, you have to push the intercom button on the blue poll, and ask to be let in. Same goes for getting off the lot." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I arrived the night before and went to the pizza party. It was cool, but the med students tended to cluster amongst themselves. A few friendly med students came and talked to us for a long time. Then one of them took a few of us driving around the cool parts of St. Louis. Then we got back and everyone went to bed. I stayed in the dorms, and they had turned off the A/C for the winter, so it was hot in my room, so I opened the windows. A couple of times during the night, a garbage truck came by and made a lot of noise, so I didn't sleep well. The next morning, they had a women's breakfast and a minority breakfast. I am neither a woman or a minority, so I went to the white boy continental breakfast in the dorm. Then we checked in at the admissions office and got a whole bag full of stuff. Next we met in this really nice conference room with an admissions person and a financial aid person. I had to leave early because I had an interview. My interviewer was a nice guy. He totally memorized my file!!! He didn't open it once, but knew everything about me! We talked a lot about movies, books, what my parents do for a living, and some about my medical career. It was the longest interview I've had so far, just under an hour. Then came the tour. The school itself is pretty good, but the hospitals were awesome. After the tour was the best interview lunch I've had. Steak, pasta, rolls, soup, brownies, etc. (Definitely made up for the weak white boy continental breakfast.) Then that was it. Over by 1:30pm." Report Response

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