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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Pittsburgh
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

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 the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Tell me about yourself....basically a time to boast...however individuals like myself, who can't boast..and aren't willing to...don't do very well on such questions! " Report Response

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

"What are you going to do if you don't get into medical school? (This is such a downer...why do they ask it?)" Report Response

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

"What are your strengths and weaknesses? " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing very interesting was asked. " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read sdn website, person to person pamplet, and my application." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The student interviewer was great! He made sure that I was calm and all of the questions were the "get to know you" type. The 15 minute interview with the admissions member was very informal. She was very informative." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"My faculty interview was a waste of my time and from his behavior, it was evident it was a waste of his time as well! He was completely not interested in interviewing me. I arrived 10 minutes early as I was told that he appreciates timeliness. Then he proceeded to remain in his office for 15 minutes after the start time of my interview. I know docs are very busy people, but I made the effort to spend my time and hard earned money to get to Pitt and it was very frustrating to sit there patiently for 15 minutes while I was supposed to be interviewed! What shocked me the most was how uninterested he was in getting to know me!! The only information that the interviewers are given is your personal statement. Based on my personal statement, he asked me what I would do if I didn't get into medical school? I wish I had said "That's not even an issue because I know that I'm going to medical school this year." Instead I said "I'll keep trying till I get in." If anyone from admissions is reading this site, I hope that you can find individuals who are enthusiastic about getting to know their interviewees. Please do not waste our time and money by inviting us for interviews without any intention of accomplishing your goal of getting to know us better. The worst part of the whole process was to visit the school and fall in love with it! It was upseting to realize that I didn't even have a chance at admission because my interviewer spent 15 minutes of his time "getting to know me." Oh well! Maybe it wasn't meant to be! Hopefully, future interviewees won't have to deal with such dilemmas! Good luck!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish that they would have just not sent me an invitation to interview. I see this experience as a waste of my hard earned money. I hope the admissions faculty will put forth more of an effort to pair up interviewees with interviewers who are willing to take the time to seriously get to know their candidates. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I fell in love with the school while I was there, had a fabulous student interviewer, but my interview with my faculty interviewer was incredibly disappointing. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/01/2007

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