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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

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

"Describe yourself and how others would describe you." Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research and how it pertains to medicine? (My research was in the exercise science and psychology fields)." Report Response

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

"Do you have any questions to ask of me? (Be prepared with some intelligent questions to ask so that you aren't fishing for last minute questions at this point)." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Describe how you are a pioneer and a leader." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What will you do should you be rejected to all schools? (While the question itself was not difficult, answering it correctly was a bit challenging. I found it a lose-lose kind of question. If I said that I wasn't go to stop until I was accepted, I might appear to be a dreamer. However, if I offered an alternate career path, the interviewer might misconstrue this as having a lack of committment to the field of medicine)." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read my application, went over my research in detail, practiced answering mock interview questions, read about medical and ethical issues, read the newspaper and caught up on worldly events." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The laid-back and casual atmosphere. Students were diversified rather than all carbon-copy robots. The student tour guides stressed that students generally studied diligently but also had time to spare for extracurricular activities. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The surrounding city of Newark was definetely worse than I had expected. It would be practically impossible to find safe housing in that area. However, it is not something that would alter my decision to go to NJ med school. I would simply plan for living arrangements in a nearby town and commute to class daily. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This was my first interview so I didn't have the stress of acceptance weighing on me at this point. I used this opportunity as a marker for how to prepare for upcoming interviews. I had the mindset that my interview wouldn't go perfectly and that I would use my mistakes to help adjust the way I approached the next interview. The admissions personnel were extremely courteous and helpful. Although not customary, they provided me with a free lunch ticket while waiting for my interview. The staff that walked past in the hallways all smiled and greeted me. The interviewer was firm yet nice. She took the approach of authority and I respected her in that sense. The tour was a nice touch to just a plain-old interview and gave me the opportunity to discuss interviews with other students. Overall, I would rate this experience highly and would advise interested students to thoroughly review your application as the interviewer tended to ask questions about virtually every single experience listed on my application." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/15/2003

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