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  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Springfield
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10


How long was the interview?

50 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)?

"Tell me how you interact with other cultures/about the importance of cultural diversity to you." Report Response

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

"How much time do you spend studying per day? How do you manage your time?" Report Response

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

"What are some of the hobbies you have that you haven't mentioned in your application so far?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you like to do on vacation?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Tell me what personal integrity means to you." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read SDN interview feedback and the viewbook, went over the website, familiarized myself with the curriculum, and had a couple mock interviews." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Just about everything...the people were unbelievably nice (Barb Jones, the Student Affairs assistant in Carbondale, was probably the most helpful person I've encountered in this whole process), the students were very happy and the small group learning style seems to promote a strong sense of camaraderie..." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing...but again I'm somewhat biased because I grew up in Carbondale and so had done a lot of research about the school and am very familiar with both campuses." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There weren't any surprises." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The first interview involved more general, open ended questions (I think this one might have been closed-file, but I'm not sure). The second interview was more geared to finding out about what my specific experiences meant to me (he brought up things from AMCAS and my secondary). Definitely prepare using the SDN feedback questions...a lot of those came up. I interviewed in Carbondale so I got a tour of the main academic building that the M1s use, Lindegren Hall, during the lunch break. Barb took me up to where a few M1s were studying so I got to ask them a few questions and afterwards I had a few minutes with Linda Herrold, the Dean of Student Affairs. No surprises, very relaxed." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?


What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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

10 out of 10

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