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  • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Newark
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 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?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What was the most interesting question?

"What will you do if you don't get in this year? (I had just been accepted 2 days prior and actually forgot this fact until after I answered, so to me this was really funny knowing that I don't actually have to "work harder and try again next year")" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How do I feel about caring for an indigent population?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN, my application, my research, school materials and website; contacted current student there who is a friend; thought of skeleton answers to potential questions." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the diversity of the student body and exposure to inner-city population; the size of the library." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"how little the school attempts to sell itself; lackluster facilities; weird tension between med students and dental students; the fact that my interviewer was absurdly late and that his pager went off about 6 times during the interview, 3 of which he exited the room to answer... the fact that despite being open-file, my interviewer hadn't read my app and literally flipped through my hours worth of work in about 12 seconds; also, they don't feed you or give you a meal ticket, nor is there any kind of presentation from the admissions office - the day is literally an interview and a tour, that's it." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing. I knew ahead of time to expect bad parking and nasty traffic on the turnpike; I solved this by making my own parking spot in the lot and praying I wouldn't get towed (which thankfully I did not, apparently everyone does this, esp. at the end of the rows)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I wish I had liked this place more. I went in with a pretty open mind, since it is my state school and I'm a pretty average student, but I really did not enjoy my interview there and I knew this was problematic since I generally like interviewing and meeting new people. The tour guides' commentary seemed canned, students there gave our interviewing group lots of weird glares, and I didn't get the sense that people were happy there. The school really didn't make a serious effort to make us want to come, and I think already having an acceptance allowed me to look more objectively at the school. I understand that my interviewer was really busy, but for gosh's sake don't pick an interviewer who has no time to do their interviewing job. Endlessly buzzing pagers are rude and distracting, as is a lack of preparation. Not a super-fun day but definitely enlightening." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/15/2003

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