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  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Des Moines
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"What is the hardest thing you've ever done." Report Response

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

"Name the biggest challenge you've overcome in your life." Report Response

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

"Tell us about yourself. (NOTE: This was a "we'll tell you about us, then you tell us about you". Interviewer #1: I'm A, and I teach here. #2: I'm B, and I work here. #3: I'm C, and I'm a 2nd year student here. Me: I'm me, followed by a paragraph of general information which was all in my file. 30 seconds of silence followed this answer while they stared at me stoney-faced.)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"None, really. All the questions were quite canned and boring. Really." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read my file, read interview feedback." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities are fabulous. The students are VERY friendly - if they see you standing around they'll walk up to you and ask if you have any questions." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The interview. It was more like a trial. A dark room with a single light above my chair would have almost been a warmer experience. Dry question asked, question answered. Followed by three stoney faces staring back at me and 20-30 seconds of silence. Every question. Absolutely out of sync with the rest of the day." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How really family friendly Des Moines is." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview was very clinical. As mentioned above, the interviewers were very clinical. The questions were so pointed there was little leeway to expound on the answers, and no further follow-up was asked. Not only that, but all the questions they asked were already answered in my application. The interview itself was so out of sync with the rest of the day I'm not sure which face was the real face of DMU - the friendly enthusiastic one, or the stoney-faced sitting-in-judgment silent staring after every single answer. Lots of folks love this place, but after the interview DMU went from #1 on my list to dead last. I just can't reconcile the dichotomy of the interview vs. the rest of the day. One of those faces is right, but I can't really figure out which one. I was VERY disappointed - especially when everything else was so outstanding." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

9 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$101-$200

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/22/2005

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

6 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

7 out of 10

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