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  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Biddeford
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 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)?

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" Report Response

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

""Fill in the blank: Your parents think that you walk on water, except..." (This was a weakness question in disguise)" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"Do you have any questions for us?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Did your cousin (thoracic surgeon) help you with your application? (I guess they thought a 21-year-old was not capable of writing such good essays...)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"So why do you think you have problems taking standardized tests? (My MCAT score was good enough to be offered an interview, so I must not be that bad!)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read school website, SDN, talked to some second-year medical students, read these interview postings" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I stayed with a first year medical student the night before my interview, and she had a huge dinner prepared for me and had invited two other medical students over so that we could answer all of my questions. Her kindness and generosity impressed me. Also, although I flew up there during a snow storm, I could tell that the campus was beautiful. I was impressed by the Osteopathic Manipulation Lab, as well as the good ventilation of the Anatomy Lab." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I definitely got a taste of New England weather during my stay! Every flight in the Portland jetport was cancelled except for mine due to the blizzard. My actual interview session was not like a conversation like I had been made to believe by others beforehand. I felt belittled and insulted with a few of the questions. However, it was my first interview and I was not aware that some interviews actually focus on your weaknesses if you are a strong applicant." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had known how far away the campus was to the town of Saco, where I had stayed. I drove down a long rural road what seemed like forever!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I flew into the Portland Jetport (about 35 minutes away from Biddeford) on Friday, December 5th. I rented a car through National (the only car rental company to waive the under-age fee) and drove to Saco where I stayed the night with a medical student who volunteered to let me stay with her. I left early the next morning to get to UNE by 8:15am. It was snowing more than I had expected, and I definitely did not bring the right shoes with me. I did not realize how much walking in the snow I would have to do (with my nice dress shoes on). Approximately 15 people were there also waiting to be interviewed. They called our names every 30 - 40 minutes. My appointment was scheduled for 10:30am; however, I was not interviewed until 11:40. In the meantime, two medical students gave us a tour of the building. I did not get to see the whole campus or the water because it was too cold and snowy outside. After my interview, I rushed to the airport hoping that my flight would not be cancelled, and I sat in the airport extremely upset at how awful the interview session had been. Overall my experience in Maine was nice, I was just not prepared to constantly defend myself in the interview, and I had never thought about what my weaknesses were or why my MCAT score wasn't a 45! I guess it did not go as bad as I thought it did, because they accepted me!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/06/2003

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