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  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Springfield
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At a regional location

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 yourself?" Report Response

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

"Why rural medicine? You must have a good answer to this question! It's a huge focus of the school." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"They were pretty bland... Why SIU? Why do you want to be a doctor? etc." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Tell me about yourself." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read through the SIU catalogue" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"It wasn't very stressful at all." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I interviewed in Springfield and there was no orientation meeting. I just went to my first interview, which was in the doctor's office. The first interviewer was a plastic surgeon who really didn't prepare questions for me, I basically talked to fill the dead air. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That I would be the only person being interviewed on that date. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The good was that it was not stressful in the least. The bad was that it wasn't very organized. It seemed like the first interviewer was not experienced in conducting interviews. The second lady (after asking me to tell her about myself) told me that it was closed file interview and half way through my answer told me it was actually an open file interview. In addition to that, I was the only prospective that day, and I didn't get to eat lunch or spend any real amount of time with current students which makes it hard to size a school up. " Report Response

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