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  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Hershey
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 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)?

"Tell me about yourself? Tell me more. Tell me more. " Report Response

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

"Explain your MCAT score." Report Response

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

"Why do you want to enter medicine? Why Penn State?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why would you ever leave California to attend school here?--the interviewer didn't exactly try to sell the school" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"see above." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"PSU website, SDN, read my AMCAS application" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"small class size, great facilities, liked the curriculum" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"One of my interviewers seemed like a jerk, the RURAL location of the campus, the most positive thing my student host (and most students) had to say about their school is, "Well, you don't have many distractions so you have plenty of time to study." Expensive school for out of staters." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"the location, lack of diversity in the student body (no, I'm not a URM but I didn't see many non-white students)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"You have a 30-45 min interview with each interviewer. One of the people I interviewed with seemed annoyed that I was there. His first question was, "So, explain your mcat score." Uh, it's within their average range...and it's not even all that bad. His next question was, "So, tell me more about yourself." I did. His next question was, "Tell me more about yourself." So I did. His third question was, "Tell me more." Uh, I did. I was running out of things to say about myself. I didn't enjoy the experience. The second interviewer was actually head of the committee or something like that. He seemed like he was really tired and wanted to psychanalyze me...strange. The students don't seem super excited to be there though they are extremely nice. But they really want to end up doing residency in Philly. I did get to see lots of Amish people in the surrounding area...sweet." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/15/2003

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