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  • University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Los Angeles
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?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

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)?

"Are you sure you're not disadvantaged?" Report Response

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

"Why didn't you answer all of the essays?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research. (He was a neuropsychiatrist and I work in a neuroimaging lab, so he got very nit-picky about my research.)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why didn't you answer all of the essays on the secondary? (This was interesting since the secondary instructions tell you it is neither necessary nor required to answer all 9 essay questions.)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why didn't you answer all of the essays on the secondary? (He seemed genuinely puzzled by my not answering all the essays.)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Student Doctor Network, read over secondary, UCLA website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Westwood is a great area to live in." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The interview process, the interviewer, the tour - pretty much the whole day." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview day seemed poorly planned. They ask you to come in 15 mins. before your interview and give you no orientation or information about the school. My interviewer was an hour and a half late, but I excused it because, let's face it, doctors aren't known for their punctuality. As soon as we sat down, he explained to me that he conducted interviews for the subcommittee on disadvantaged students. When I told him that I wasn't disadvantaged, he responded, "Well, then I don't know why they sent me to interview you." Thanks. He then made me go through a whole list of things, trying to see if somehow I qualified as disadvantaged - Was my family impoverished? Did I grow up in a gang-infested neighborhood? Did I attend sub-par schools? Frankly, it was insulting. After all that he told me that the admissions committee had a question about my application because I didn't answer all of the essays on the secondary. I tried to explain to him that the instructions had said that it was necessary to answer every essay question, just the ones that might give the committee a better understanding of you as a person. He didn't really seem to understand this, so he made me give answers to the essays I had left blank, one being "Are you a disadvantaged student?" Throughout the interview he kept saying, "You should always answer all the essays, even if they tell you not to. I've never seen this before." After the interview, some students took us around the hospital for a quick tour (~10 min) and then we ate lunch. After lunch (around 1p) the day was over. You really couldn't get a feel for the school or even the students (it was the day before Thanksgiving so all the students had gone home). Overall, the interview experience left me with a bad taste in my mouth. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/24/2004

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