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Default Anyone else feel that interviews are trivial?

I've been to 10 interviews so far and that's my conclusion.

Most of my interviewers have been incredibly nice and i've connected with them at some level, i feel that for 9 out of 10 interviewees, the interview is basically to rule out you are some kind of psycho.

It is possible that you might engage with an interviewer so much that he will look above your curriculum and rank you higher than someone with a better CV, but it's also very unlikely.

I feel that the purpose of most of my interviews was to see "Can i work with this guy? can i train him?"

Other than that, if you didn't behave like an absolute crazy or didn't answer something veeeeeery stupid, your CV is the one that's going to talk to them to put you high on their rank list.
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I totally agree with you. They already have an idea about how to rank you (as we already have an idea bout how to rank them!), I guess the interview is like +/- a couple of points... no more than that
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I disagree. Interviews are largely to see if you're a good fit for their program.
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Yeah "fit in" but what does fit in means?.

I stick with "crazy /not crazy" I don't think an interviewer's experience with you matters that much.

We've all trained and practiced for this so I'm pretty sure they are getting almost the exact same experience with everyone. I know at least my interview partners are all on the same level, I hope other imgs are as prepared as well.

Your cv speaks for you way more than an interview. 15 min to an hour is not enough time to judge a person, and the person doing the interview often has no clue what they are doing or isn't even directly involved with the program. There's no way to "standardize" interviews, which is my point about why they are mostly trivial.

And I don't mean that they are useless, they DO have a purpose , but most people practice, most people have adequate social skills, and most people know what to expect.

If 90% of the applicants are all like this, then it get REALLY HARD to know "who would fit in the most".

So yeah an iv can rule you out completely if you are veeeery awkward or veryyyy bad at it but for most people, it really won't matter that much.

Most places I went to interviewed 500+ applicants, with over a dozen interviewers. I personally saw one place where they used a "interview rating" but the interviewer himself mentioned that most people get good ratings lol
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And like someone mentioned, we have an idea on how to rank a program even before we go there... Depending on how well informed we are, we might not even change that list after our visits.

Same thing with IVs.

I'm just typing this out for people that are really nervous about interviews.

It's really not the bogey man Kaplan tries to sell, it's just talking to someone who wants to know you and could be your boss in the future.

So be nice, be polite and rehearse the regular questions a bit to get confidence. The only question I was repeatedly asked was "tell me about yourself" BTW.


Even the famous "what are your weaknesses", I was only asked in 2 out of 10.
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what specialty/specialties did you apply to?
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Internal Medicine.
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There is one exception however.

Most places I went to were kinda nice but a few of the "lesser good" programs (those with LOTS of imgs) actually did ask me stuff to measure (I guess) if I was ready to work.

I'm guessing they just have a different priority. Anyways, I could see these things coming a mile away so I answered satisfactorily.

Those were the minority for me. Decent to good program will treat you like a god lol
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I feel that the purpose of most of my interviews was to see "Can i work with this guy? can i train him?"
I agree with this statement, but I don't think interviews are trivial. Surely there are interviewers that are less experienced in the matter, but I think so far, I've been interviewed by people who are good judges of character. Yes I get asked almost the same questions every time, and they probably have heard every answer in the book. And for that reason I think they can tell when someone is just regurgitating the speech they practiced in the mirror the night before vs. someone who is personable and adaptable in their communication.

Yes, be polite and be prepared for any question, but also show them that you've got a personality beyond what they see on paper. Try to not be that overly guarded applicant who is way too nice. It doesn't seem sincere, and I've noticed that a lot in my fellow applicants.

Good luck everyone.
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Agree with you

for the two interviews ive been too already, felt like everybody has the same exact feeling coming out...how they trim down the 200-300 people they interview for 12 slots is crazy to think about.
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