2 out of 10
At the school
"What is the difference between the two positions you've held in company X?"
"Tell me about your volunteer position at Hospital Y?"
"All the questions were typical. Why medicine? Tell me about your family."
"SDN, AMCAS, Secondaries, read Harvard brochure"
"Every one was extremely friendly and very happy. It was hard to believe it was Harvard."
"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."
"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."
"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."