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  • Harvard Medical School
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Boston
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?

45 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)?

"What is the difference between the two positions you've held in company X?" -Posted 12/12/2003 | Report Response

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

"Why medicine?" -Posted 12/12/2003 | Report Response

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

"Tell me about your volunteer position at Hospital Y?" -Posted 12/12/2003 | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"All the questions were typical. Why medicine? Tell me about your family." -Posted 12/12/2003 | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing." -Posted 12/12/2003 | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, AMCAS, Secondaries, read Harvard brochure" -Posted 12/12/2003 | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Every one was extremely friendly and very happy. It was hard to believe it was Harvard." -Posted 12/12/2003 | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The students giving the tour made it so boring. Also lunch was from a very small cafe in the student lounge. No signs of a decent cafeteria/deli any where." -Posted 12/12/2003 | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Parking at the hotel wasn't free ($20.00) and where I parked for the interview was $27.00 (cash, no credit cards accepted). It was also colder than anticipated." -Posted 12/12/2003 | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The group of students who interviewed on the same day were really awesome. It would be great to have people like them in whatever program I end up in. The day started with a talk by the dean of admissions with a question and answer session. We all had interviews at different times throughout the day but had lunch together plus a tour. I didn't care if I saw the facilities because I already know they are awesome. As an older student, it would have been too depressing to see the dorms for single M1s so I didn't bother to ask. My first interview with an older MD was delayed and then cut short (it was supposed to be an hour, ended up being 30 mins). The second was with a 2nd year student who was really nice. We talked for over an hour. The questions were standard, nothing too weird. They just asked "get to know you" questions. The tour could have been a lot better, though. The students giving it were so dull and they didn't show us much. I was bummed that I had an interview so soon after the tour started but was really glad afterwards to get away. Everyone was extremely nice and helpful, especially the students. I even ended up chatting with a student on the way out who was non-tradional like myself. He even gave me him e-mail address. I took advantage of my down time and checked out the library (its museum) and walked around inside some of the other school buildings. It would have been nice to go on the suggested walking tour but it was too cold and I wanted to leave as early as possible to avoid traffic. Harvard definitely wasn't what I expected (in a good way). I even considered cancelling my interview since I didn't think it would be a good fit for me (based on my preconceived notions) but I'm really glad I went. If they accepted me I would feel very comfortable going there over all the other schools I've interviewed with so far." -Posted 12/12/2003 | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/15/2003

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