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  • Harvard Medical School
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Boston
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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)?

"what'd you do outside the classroom your freshman year? (we basically went through my college + post-college experiences chronologically). " -Posted 02/21/2007 | Report Response

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

"Is the University of Washington In Seattle? (less than impressive). What do your parents do? Do you have any brothers or sisters? what do they do?" -Posted 02/21/2007 | Report Response

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

"Why didn't you apply straight to med school? What have you learned during your time off? How has it benefitted you? Has it shaped your goals within medicine?" -Posted 02/21/2007 | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"nothing" -Posted 02/21/2007 | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"nothing" -Posted 02/21/2007 | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"harvard website, AMCAS application, harvard supplemental, SDN" -Posted 02/21/2007 | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the facilities. the enthusiasm of the students. the program, the city. the New Pathways program posts all lectures on the web, and you can Keyword search through them to find the part where professors talk about a certain topic." -Posted 02/21/2007 | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"my first interview, and the tour. The first interviewer hadn't read my file, he openly admitted he'd gotten distracted during the 10 min before it, and had only read 2 pages. And he was 20 min late. He spent 1/2 the time talking about himself, cutting me off, and even talking about how he'd learned something from a candidate he had interviewed the day before. The tourguides are in HST, and couldn't actually tell us much about the New Pathways program. Harvard just doesn't care about impressing interviewers, or trying to sell them on coming to harvard, because they know almost everyone who gets in will go." -Posted 02/21/2007 | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"nothing." -Posted 02/21/2007 | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"As my other comments indicate, Harvard just doesn't do much to try to make you want to come to their school, other than show you how phenomenal their facilities and opportunities are. The students all seemed enthusiastic, and commented on how happy they are there, and also that they wish the Admissions did a better job making the interview day a good experience. After the 1st interview and the tour I was ready to throw in the towel, but the 2nd interviewer was very engaged and spent over an hour talking to me and showing me around some of the Cancer Institute where he was late to a meeting. But he seemed pleased and excited to do it, and genuinely interested in getting to continue talking. The best thing I did was stop and talk to many students who aren't part of admissions, who will give you the best idea of why Harvard is a great place." -Posted 02/21/2007 | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

What airport did you use?

BOS

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$101-$200

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/05/2006

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

10 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?

9 out of 10

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