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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 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?

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)?

"What would you contribute to Vanderbilt? Why should we choose you over thousands of other applicants?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about a time you had to persuade someone into doing something that was not popular." Report Response

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

"Many questions about healthcare reform (see my full evaluation)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"When were you glad that you gave someone a second chance?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What is your take on abuse in nursing homes?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, website, review my AMCAS and secondary" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"small class size, people were friendly" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"My long interview, which was supposed to be conversational, was very difficult. My interviewer was initially rude, but I feel I began to earn his respect by the end. He asked multiple difficult questions about healthcare, abuse in retirement homes, and other questions that I would not consider "conversational" at all. I spoke to other students who interviewed with me and it seems mine was an isolated incidence. Most other interviewers are more relaxed, especially for the long interview. Hopefully you don't get the same person I did, it was a very unpleasant 70 minutes!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"They want you at the admissions office by 7:45, however if you don't have an interview until later, you won't be doing anything for a while. You can have an 8, 9, or 10 o clock interview. If you're at 10, you just sit and wait around until then." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Short interview has more scenario based questions, like "tell me about a time when... ethical dilemma, something about trust, etc.." The long interview is supposed to be conversational. Ironically, my long interview was difficult due to the interviewer but the interviewer for the short interview was much more relaxed and easy to talk to. I guess this comes down to luck so there is nothing you can do, but be aware it can happen so you don't get thrown off like I did." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 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?

Airplane

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

$501+

What airport did you use?

Nashville

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Guesthouse Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/27/2011

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?

4 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

8 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"perhaps provide folders on interview day, don't have students waiting several hours first thing in the morning. It reflects poorly on the organization of the day." Report Response

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