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  • University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Columbia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

8 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?

Open file

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

"What is your opinion of the quality medicine as its practiced today?" Report Response

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

"After that initial question, their anymosity took over. " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you love the Missouri environment so much, why did you elect to attend Harvard as an undergrad? Oddly enough, both of my interviewers wanted to know the answer to this question, despite the fact that I never said that I "loved" the Missouri environment. I had simply stated that I was originally from Missouri. Based on their line of questioning, it seemed as if they were annoyed at the fact that I picked Harvard over Mizzou as an undergrad. " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If we were to indeed accept you into our MD/PhD program, convince me that you would in fact attend Mizzou this time around. Not even a question, but it again provided a glimpse into his annoyance w/ my decision to not attend Missouri as an undergrad. I felt literally driven to tell him "look, you and I both know Mizzou is not my first choice, but if I underwent the application process, it obviously means I'm interested, so can we please move onto some questions pertaining to my application."" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Looked over all of my applications, etc." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Financial Aid staff was extremely friendly. I felt more at ease w/ them and the receptionist than w/ anyone else in the school. The student giving the tour did NOT want to be there, let alone answer questions. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Interviewers seemed to be very easily impressed. Their questions kept driving at why " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I would've visited this site and chanced upon the comments of one of the applicants who provided a very thorough and, I must say, accurate summary of the admission process at Mizzou. Prior to my interview, I had roughly surmised some of the conclusions/observations that he/she came to, and if anything, I firmly believe that it was me giving my interviewers exactly what they were trained to hear that got me accepted. Like I said previously, my interviewers seemed annoyed that I was even there. I had went into the interview wanting to tell the truth about my future plans, but about five minutes in, the message was clear: "this is NOT the east coast...you're on our turf now, and if you want to get in, you dance to our tune and tell us what we want to hear." Like I said, had I paid a visit to this site, and read some of the feedback, I would've known exactly what to expect. I'm happy I improvised, and obviously, did it just in time. My advice to anyone, read the negative feedback on this site, and take it to heart. If you're from Harvard, or any schools on the east coast, or from anywhere but Mizzou for that matter, read the negative feedback on this site, and do not go into the interview w/o reading that very thorough feedback one of the interviewees posted on this site. Its long, but extremely informative." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I've been accepted. Attitude of interviewers impacted me negatively. Financial Aid Staff know how to break the high-cost of attending MU gently. Final opinion = my visit only comfirmed why MU deserves to be a last tier school." 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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