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  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Nashville
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10

How you think you did?

4 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

6

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 are you going to do about a family? (Aaack!)" Report Response

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

"Tell me about what you have been doing since graduation." Report Response

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

"Where have you interviewed thus far? How many schools did you apply to? (I think he was fishing around to make sure I applied to public institutions .... see rant about cost of school above)." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing super interesting. He had me discussing my AMCAS application (which is all they have to look at), and I know mine like the back of my hand." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Where do you see yourself in 10 year? (PS. I have no clue because I do not know what residency I want to pursue)." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SND interview feedback, read up on Vanderbilt" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Beautiful campus! The weather was perfect (mid 70's, clear skies), and this only enhanced the school's appearance despite all the construction." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"They have a poster in the admissions office showing a picture of all the first year students and listing where they went to undergrad. It looked like everybody went to Harvard, Columbia, or Yale. Public schools were far and few between .... great, that means I have a wonderful chance (insert rolly eyes here!)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"You need to have attended an ivy league school to be taken seriously for consideration and acceptance." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interview was an absolute disaster. I thought I did well and argued my points clearly and consisely, but my interviewer was stuck on discussing how much Vandy costs and how I should consider public schools because they cost less and give you the same result (MD degree). He also kept going back to the fact that I went to a public university for undergrad and citing the low costs of that school. WTF? Yeah, so I came out of school WITHOUT any debt and have been personally and FINANCIALLY successful since my years out of college. Just because I don't have mommy or daddy footing the bill or just because I didn't already prove myself by coming out of undergrad massively in debt does not mean that I could not afford Vanderbilt. I let my interviewer know that I saw med school as an investment, and financial concerns were last on my list because it was the school and how they fit my criteria as far as clinical and academic training that mattered most. Oh, and my interviewer also asked my what I was going to do about a family. I am positive that had I been a male, he would not have asked me that question. I do not have high hopes for this school .... too bad, since besides the interview, I really liked the school and its curriculum. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/20/2004

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