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  • Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • New York
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10

How you think you did?

5 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

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)?

"My first interviewer was very nice. The conversation flowed naturally and he asked typical questions (e.g. what are you looking for in a medical school)." Report Response

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

"My second interview was incredibly unpleasant and categorically disagreed with everything I said. He asked most of the typical questions: why Cornell, why you, why medicine?" Report Response

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

"What has been your exposure to medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How has having 2 doctor parents influenced your decision to go into medicine?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"My second interviewer asked some ridiculous question supposedly related to my research on lung cancer in smokers about why people living in Pittsburgh in the 70s were not warned about the hazards of the poor air quality from steel industry pollution (I grew up in Pittsburgh). N.B. I'm not even sure if his claim is true." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"reviewed my application, read feedback on SDN" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Most of the faculty I met were very nice and all of the students I met seemed happy. I really like the PBL and early clinical exposure offered. The location is great." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Without a doubt my second interviewer (Dr. Leslie Saint Louis). He is pointedly disagreeable, antagonistic, and confrontational. After asking me questions he would cut me off half way through my first sentence to tell me why he thought I was wrong and then go on a long rant about something obscurely related to what I had started to say. He was also sarcastic and insulting. I can't imagine why he is on the admissions committee as he reflects very negatively on the school." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That my second interview was going to be an unpleasant waste of time." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall I did like Cornell. Their program has a lot of nice features and the students I met seemed normal and happy. I'm sure there are jerks everywhere and I just happened to encounter one at Cornell on my interview day (see above)." Report Response

Tour and Travel
No Response
General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/06/2011

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

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

8 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?

5 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

No Response

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