2 out of 10
At a regional location
"So, tell me about .... (various items from my application)"
"Where do you see yourself in the future?"
"Do you have any questions for me?"
"So ... you play the piano? (I did NOT mention the piano at all in my application)"
"Where do you see yourself in the future? (The whole interview was very conversational, so this was the only "difficult" question in comparison to everything else)"
"Read this site, looked at Columbia's website, researched the curriculum, researched the doctors who teach 1st and 2nd year med students, researched the nobel laureate they have in the neurobiology department who teaches 1st years, researched the area around Columbia-Presbyterian, prepared answers to questions, looked at my application"
"All the students were incredibly welcoming and friendly. They always responded with "LOVE it here, LOVE IT." And also, I really liked Bard Hall. I like the idea that students all live together and get to know each other well. The view from atop the med school and Bard Hall was gorgeous (the river and all of Manhattan). And the fact that Bard Hall has a swimming pool below it didn't hurt either."
"The competitiveness of the other students in the tour group."
"We couldn't find the room for my interview (the tour guide and me) so I began to hyperventilate when I only had about ten minutes until my interview, wandering the hospital. I should have tried to get there earlier to avoid the stress of getting lost."
"It was very informal, just a conversation between the interviewer and me. He had obviously just read my file, and knew everything that he wanted to ask to clarify about me. We talked about common interests, and the interview was very laid-back."