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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?

7 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?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

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

"Your previous career was in research psychology, why did you not simply change to another branch of psychology such as counseling rather than starting over in a medical career?" Report Response

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

"How can you go to medical school and also ensure that your children are adequately cared for?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How can you go to medical school and also ensure that your children are adequately cared for?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"See above" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I put myself in the interviewer's shoes and made a list of questions I would ask if I were interviewing someone with my file, including the standards: why did you pick us, and why should we pick you. And I familiarized myself with recent UMDNJ news so as to be able to ask questions if the opportunity were offered." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interviewer was very familiar with my essay and my other application materials." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The interviewer spent nearly the entire interview grilling me about my child care plans. She emphasized that my age (36) and status as a mother of two young children was a serious drawback, although she repeatedly said my application was outstanding in every other way. She seemed more worried about whether my children would get good care than whether I could handle motherhood and being a medical student. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"For some reason I always assumed my interviewer would be a male. I think the fact that she was a woman (and a mother) played a role in the questions she asked. I should have anticipated that." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I walked out feeling that I had little or no chance of getting in due to my interviewer's very unprofessional preoccupation with my children's needs. I was angry and disappointed because I had always heard UMDNJ was particularly good about not discriminating based on age, etc. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/02/2004

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