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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

4 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ 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)?

"What do you want to talk about?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Why be a doctor and not head of some non-profit corporation?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What do you like to do outside of work?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"My interviewer asked me a total of three questions, all listed below. I was the one asking questions. " Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"All questions I was asked are listed below." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"This website, my application, secondary apps from other schools (reminded me of possible stories to tell), my AMCAS app, Wash U website, mock interviews with pre-med advisor, practice questions with friends, etc." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The beauty of the facility, the amount of money the school has." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"My interviewer's approach to the interview. The immaturity of some of the students." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"This site prepared me pretty well -- I wore comfortable shoes for tour, changed into heels for the interview. Take Metrolink from and to the airport if it's daylight hours -- cheap and the stop is basically right next to the medical school." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Washington U. seems to go out of their way to show that they want you. The free night's stay in Olin, the pizza party, pairing you with a "buddy" (a first year) who has similar interests to you, the breakfast, the lunch with a faculty member (not your interviewer), the tour. I had a very nice impression of the school. However . . . my interview was terrible. I don't think I was terrible in it -- I was calm and articulate. But my interviewer opened with "What do you want to talk about?" NOT "Tell me about yourself" (which is easy!) but "What do you want to talk about?" How awkward! I thought I was here to talk about myself but do I really WANT to talk about myself? In retrospect, I should have said, "This is my first medical school interview. You have so much more experience at this than I do -- could guide me as to what you think would be helpful to you, to me?" But I didn't say that. I wound up asking him the questions. What did he think of his time at Wash U (he went to school there)? How did he choose his specialty? etc. I don't know, maybe he'll think it was a great interview because he got to talk about himself. I believe that he had not read my file -- however, I put that the interview was open file because he had the file in front of him and so he could have read it. I doubt it. There are some very strange elements in my application and I can't believe that, if he had read it, he wouldn't have asked me about them. He was very nice but totally uninterested in me. I'll admit it -- I was (and am) pissed off. I am poor, I spend money to fly for an interview because the school expressed an interest in me -- I'd at least like someone to fake that they are interested in my story (which, as I said, before, is a very bizarre one). Ah, well. Live and learn. I'll never let that happen to me again. I don't think the guy set a trap for me -- I think that (1) he didn't know anything about me and didn't want to expose his ignorance and (2) he thought his not asking questions made it a stress-free interview. NOT! " Report Response

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