5 out of 10
At the school
"How do you like <my undergrad institution>?"
"What was your favorite biology course? (I'm a bio major.)"
"He asked about my parents' occupations."
"Nothing too interesting. The interviewer didn't ask the really cliched questions (e.g. "Tell me about yourself"), but his questions were pretty straightforward."
"I was asked about gene arrays (like on microchips), after mentioning I took genetics. Of course, we didn't discuss that in the class, and that's one subject I haven't read as much about. But I think I got out of it pretty well...I hope!"
"I read over my Columbia application. I also read a booklet my preprof advising office gave me -- the interview was so early, their mock interview sessions hadn't started yet."
"All of the students were so friendly. The room where the prospective students sit has a coffee machine that the 1st years use during the breaks in class, and they all wanted to chat with us. A 2nd year stopped by to talk as well. The tour guides were similarly very nice and open."
"I had a 9AM interview, so I was back at about 9:30. There were no planned events til noon (the tour), so I observed classes for 2 hours or so. I would have liked more organized activities (or a later interview time). I later found that most of the others had afternoon interviews."
"$20 cab ride from Washington Heights to Penn Station -- I don't know if the convenience of a cab is worth that much compared to the subway."
"It was my first interview, so I don't have anything to compare it to. The interview was relaxed, but still not completely conversational. That may be because the interviews are notoriously short -- he didn't let the conversation go off into one topic for an extended length of time. The best part was interacting with all the students."