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  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Hershey
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10

How you think you did?

5 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

6 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?

Two

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)?

"So, what can I tell you about Penn State?" Report Response

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

"So, what can I tell you about Penn State?" Report Response

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

"So, what can I tell you about Penn State?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"First interview was more of a conversation than anything, mostly about what I wanted to know about Penn State. It was a good thing I had a slew of questions lined up, and I used all of them. The second interview was much more standard and less conversational, and I get the feeling it was that way because I didn't seem to have much in common with her. She asked the standard questions and the most interesting one was probably about the "biggest issue facing medicine today."" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What would you do if you couldn't do medicine? Honestly there weren't many tough questions, just the routine ones." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN interview feedback, school website, MSAR, SDN forums." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Unlike (apparently) everyone, I actually liked the location, which is really not as rural as people make it out to be- Harrisburg is nearby and there are over 50,000 people there. The cost of living is low, crime is not a problem, uncrowded, people are down to earth and genuine. Students and faculty seemed friendly." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The tour. Pretty crazy to me that it wasn't student-led." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really, there was nothing out of the ordinary to prep for. If I had known about the tour I would have stayed with a student host to get a better impression of the school." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall a great experience. I liked the vibe I got here, but this may have been because it was my first interview. All the schools I interviewed at were equally well-presented, aside from the tours of course. I wouldn't get too hung up prepping for specifics questions. It's very much a crapshoot who your interviewer is, and although I'm sure some faculty conduct a lot of interviews I got the impression that mine hadn't done many of them before." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

5 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

$101-$200

What airport did you use?

No Response

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Comfort Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/30/2009

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

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

10 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Only STUDENTS should lead the campus tour. To me, this raised questions about what the school may have been trying to hide and, honestly, I felt kind of insulted." Report Response

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