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  • McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Hamilton
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 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?

3

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

What was the most interesting question?

"You voiced your interest in international health...Would you feel guilty for going overseas to provide health care while many of your fellow Canadians are waiting months and months in long queues to be seen by a doctor?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Which celebrity do you see as a role model? ...this was a hard one for me because I wasn't expecting it and frankly, I don't view any celebrities as a role model. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read & re-read my autobiographical submission over and over again. I also thought of potential questions they might ask me and brainstormed ways to answer those. The most important thing is to know yourself well. Know what you want and why you want it. You may not be able to answer every question perfectly but that's ok. The interviewers know you're not perfect and the whole point of the interview is not to show that you're perfect. Show the human side of yourself. Be ready to talk about your interests, passions, and the things that motivate you in your pursuit of medicine." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The whole interview process was very organized. The coordinators were very punctual. And the friendliness of the interviewers and student hosts was incredible. They really tried their best to make me feel comfortable. Realize that the interviewers are not actively searching only for your flaws and weaknesses. They really do want to get to know you, to see if your personality and learning style is a good fit for the Mac program." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"nothing really" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"nothing" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I had a very positive interview experience. The people at Mac really succeeded in keeping me comfortable and relaxed. Mac's interview process is very unique to the school and it can be intense and nerve-wracking if you don't know what to expect. So do your research! Find out ahead of time what will happen during the different segments of the interview. That's why I did and so I felt extremely comfortable during my time there. Most of the interviewers were quite nice and supportive. I didn't feel like they were out to grill me or stump me. They really wanted to pick my brain and find out who I really am. One of my interviewers came across as being very disinterested in what I had to say. She was scrawling notes on her notepad the whole time I was talking and she didn't really give me much eye contact. If that happens to you, don't be shaken by it. Just maintain eye contact with the other 2 interviewers in the rooom and remain confident. I know this is a cliche but I think this is the best word of advice anyone ever gave me: BE YOURSELF!!! Show them who you really are. Don't be afraid to talk about your weaknesses and struggles but put a positive spin on things and talk about the lessons you've learned from those life experiences." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

04/06/2002

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