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  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Nashville
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

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)?

"What makes you better than everyone else?" Report Response

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

"You didn't really answer the question. What makes you better than everyone else?" Report Response

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

"You still haven't answered the question. What makes you better than everyone else?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I was really only asked two questions: What makes a good doctor? And what makes you better than all the other applicants? She seemed to disagree with my answer to the first question. I didn't particularly like the second question, since I don't know anything about the other applicants. I just tried to say what made me different, which didn't work. At all." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Vandy website, SDN, read my AMCAS stuff." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Vanderbilt has a very nice campus. I like how all the parts of the school are adjacent to each other. Nice weather. The new Children's Hospital is pretty amazing, and if I were gung ho pediatrics I'd stronly consider Vandy...but I still don't know what I want to do. Vandy ranks in the top 3 every year in student satisfaction, which I think is partly due to the selection of a specific type of applicant (not much diversity), but it's still a pretty impressive stat. Um, nice student lounge." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Externally the school and some of the new buildings are very nice, but I left with absolutely no clue why Vandy deserves its reputation. Which isn't to say that Vandy is overrated. I'm just saying there was almost no attempt to sell the school. Apart from the Emphasis Program, I have no idea what goes on in Years One, Two, Three, or Four...or what makes Vandy better than anywhere else. Easily the least informative interview day I've been to. Also, from what little I saw of it, Nashville didn't seem that interesting." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I discovered that not every interview at Vandy is conversational. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Ummm, that sucked. I thoroughly BOMBED that interview. By far, the worst one I've had. My interviewer and I just did not "click". I was reminded of the scene from Anger Management, where Jack Nicholson first meets Adam Sandler and asks, "So tell us who you are?" and no matter what Adam Sandler says he can't seem to answer the question. It was very strange. No matter what I said, the interviewer made like I wasn't answering his question. It got very confusing and frustrating. Other interviewers seemed to accept these answers, but this one would just ask the same question all over again. And then she would go off on a long monologue about absolutely nothing." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/18/2005

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