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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?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At a regional location

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)?

"So, tell me about .... (various items from my application)" -Posted 09/11/2003 | Report Response

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

"Where do you see yourself in the future?" -Posted 09/11/2003 | Report Response

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

"Do you have any questions for me?" -Posted 09/11/2003 | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"So ... you play the piano? (I did NOT mention the piano at all in my application)" -Posted 09/11/2003 | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Where do you see yourself in the future? (The whole interview was very conversational, so this was the only "difficult" question in comparison to everything else)" -Posted 09/11/2003 | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read this site, looked at Columbia's website, researched the curriculum, researched the doctors who teach 1st and 2nd year med students, researched the nobel laureate they have in the neurobiology department who teaches 1st years, researched the area around Columbia-Presbyterian, prepared answers to questions, looked at my application" -Posted 09/11/2003 | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"All the students were incredibly welcoming and friendly. They always responded with "LOVE it here, LOVE IT." And also, I really liked Bard Hall. I like the idea that students all live together and get to know each other well. The view from atop the med school and Bard Hall was gorgeous (the river and all of Manhattan). And the fact that Bard Hall has a swimming pool below it didn't hurt either." -Posted 09/11/2003 | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The competitiveness of the other students in the tour group." -Posted 09/11/2003 | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"We couldn't find the room for my interview (the tour guide and me) so I began to hyperventilate when I only had about ten minutes until my interview, wandering the hospital. I should have tried to get there earlier to avoid the stress of getting lost." -Posted 09/11/2003 | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was very informal, just a conversation between the interviewer and me. He had obviously just read my file, and knew everything that he wanted to ask to clarify about me. We talked about common interests, and the interview was very laid-back." -Posted 09/11/2003 | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/10/2003

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