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  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • New York
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

25 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)?

"How do you like <my undergrad institution>?" -Posted 09/18/2002 | Report Response

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

"What was your favorite biology course? (I'm a bio major.)" -Posted 09/18/2002 | Report Response

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

"He asked about my parents' occupations." -Posted 09/18/2002 | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing too interesting. The interviewer didn't ask the really cliched questions (e.g. "Tell me about yourself"), but his questions were pretty straightforward." -Posted 09/18/2002 | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I was asked about gene arrays (like on microchips), after mentioning I took genetics. Of course, we didn't discuss that in the class, and that's one subject I haven't read as much about. But I think I got out of it pretty well...I hope!" -Posted 09/18/2002 | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read over my Columbia application. I also read a booklet my preprof advising office gave me -- the interview was so early, their mock interview sessions hadn't started yet." -Posted 09/18/2002 | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"All of the students were so friendly. The room where the prospective students sit has a coffee machine that the 1st years use during the breaks in class, and they all wanted to chat with us. A 2nd year stopped by to talk as well. The tour guides were similarly very nice and open." -Posted 09/18/2002 | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I had a 9AM interview, so I was back at about 9:30. There were no planned events til noon (the tour), so I observed classes for 2 hours or so. I would have liked more organized activities (or a later interview time). I later found that most of the others had afternoon interviews." -Posted 09/18/2002 | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"$20 cab ride from Washington Heights to Penn Station -- I don't know if the convenience of a cab is worth that much compared to the subway." -Posted 09/18/2002 | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was my first interview, so I don't have anything to compare it to. The interview was relaxed, but still not completely conversational. That may be because the interviews are notoriously short -- he didn't let the conversation go off into one topic for an extended length of time. The best part was interacting with all the students." -Posted 09/18/2002 | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/18/2002

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