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  • Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center School of Dental and Oral Surgery
  • Dental School
  • New York
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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)?

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

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

"Why should we choose you over all of the other applicants here today?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Why did you major in French?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

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

What was the most difficult question?

"Why should we choose you over all of the applicants here today?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Had a friend give me a mock interview. Tried to be myself" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The faculty is top-notch. Dr. McMannus knows EVERY student in the school by name and knows all about them. Very involved. Very enthusiastic, yet professional and knowledgable. You really could ask him anything and he wouldn't hold it against you. All of the resources you'll ever need as far as research, specialties, other people with whom you should network are there at the hospital. Also, all of the students are extremely happy to be there." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The student I had sat next to at lunch. It wasn't a big deal, and I don't want this to look bad for the school, because it's just one person. It's hard to explain, but he wasn't necessarily cocky about Columbia itself (all of the faculty are very accomadating and nice and not arrogant at all), but he was kind of cocky about himself having gotten into Columbia, and that was kind of a turn-off. I wasn't turned off to the school, but I he was just one of those guys that you don't really want to hang out with. Again, all of the other students were way cool and not like that, so it's nothing that will keep me from going there." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"It was a lot easier driving in NYC than I thought it would be. However, plan everything with a margin of error for time in NYC. I only got 4 hours of sleep the night before." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"One thing you should realize is that the entire day you are being watched. The director of admissions is with you the whole day, so try to get to know him during the day. Don't kiss too much butt, though because there was a guy there with me that was trying way too hard and I think they see right through that. Be talkative, but be yourself. Be open about your intentions also. They appreciate that." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$301-$400

What airport did you use?

JFK

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

3 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Hotel Bellenord

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/23/2005

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

10 out of 10

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