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Old 02-05-2018
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Hey all, I need some insight. What should I do for those interviews where my performance was really poor? For e.g. in one interview I was not able to answer the prediabetic range of hba1c! I just couldn't remember it at that time. I know it's hard to believe but it happened with me. In one other interview the interviewer made me very uncomfortable by asking some weird questions. Another 1, I got nervous becoj I was late for 10 minutes. My car stopped in the middle of the road. Yes all of this in the same season with the same person.

My question is" do you guys think that I still have chances of matching in those Programs? Please give me honest feedback. I can't study for step 3 becoz of these things!! Help me out here, please
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Programs most importantly want residents, who are professional, reliable & nice to work with. I understand your frustration about not remembering the cut off for HbA1c, but I sincerely do not think they will only base their judgement on that. They are at least sure of one thing now - you will always remember your HbA1c values !

Being nervous during an interview is probably a little more problematic, but it might not have been that obvious to them. Also, being nervous is quite common and proves your interest in a program. As long as you could have a sincere discussion with them it should be fine.

Weird questions during an interview ? How weird ? If you think the questions were rude, irrelevant or ... It might be a sign of a malignant program where you would not be happy anyway.

Long story short. I understand your frustration and the fact you would have liked to perform better during your interviews. Faculty members are used to running interviews and can see further than anxiety in an applicant. If you are way to stressed about it then focus on your remaining programs. No matter what you think about your performances do not let it affect the way you rank your programs. Good luck.
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Old 02-07-2018
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If a program started pimping me during the interview it would freefall straight to the bottom of my rank list. If they insist on grilling you with science questions during your interview as though two random questions during will be a better general indicator of your medical knowledge than the USMLE exams, and they can't even make the interview day welcoming and comfortable on the day they are supposed to be putting their best foot forward as a program... I can only imagine the malignancy during your actual training. Eff that, just no. I guess if you didnt get many interviews you might be desperate and not have much choice of program but I would avoid that **** like the plague.
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Old 02-09-2018
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If a program started pimping me during the interview it would freefall straight to the bottom of my rank list. If they insist on grilling you with science questions during your interview as though two random questions during will be a better general indicator of your medical knowledge than the USMLE exams, and they can't even make the interview day welcoming and comfortable on the day they are supposed to be putting their best foot forward as a program... I can only imagine the malignancy during your actual training. Eff that, just no. I guess if you didnt get many interviews you might be desperate and not have much choice of program but I would avoid that **** like the plague.
I couldn't agree with you more!
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Old 02-09-2018
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I agree with everyone above me. I think I may know which program asked you the Hba1c question, as I was asked the same question.

And yes, grilling during the interview is a bad sign. Although it may just be that interviewer is just like that, while the other staff is not. Think hard before you decide to shove it to the bottom of your list just because of one interviewer.

Also, there have been many instances where people who think they performed optimally ended up not matching there, and people who feel they performed horribly (like you), end up matching at that program.

TLDR: Don't worry about it!
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It will be happening with everyone in some of their interviews, by asking the weird questions and becoming nervous in the interview. For some programs there may be lot of candidates so the interviewer will be asking more questions, so they will be asking those weird questions. But dont worry about the interviews, it cant be said by anyone.

Focus on the upcoming things, concentrate on them. You will make the best from them.
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Didn't get grilled where I interviewed, but had my share of awkward moments. Hopefully it is the same for everyone, otherwise I will surely not match haha. Don't read too much into the interview days, you did your best now just sit tight!
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Thanks everyone.
i am trying not to go crazy. Just holding on for a while.
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Thanks everyone.
i am trying not to go crazy. Just holding on for a while.
I know someone who told me that he routinely asks medical questions during interviews not to test knowledge, but just to see how people react and engage in discussion. He said he doesn't even care if you don't know, as long as you don't say something completely wrong and crazy. So I think you're fine. Worse interviewers imo, are people that don't ask much, don't say much, and just want you to ask questions. I'm always more concerned with coming off as boring or anxious and that can happen with those kind of interviewers.

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Just remembered an interview in a program, where PD kept staring at my feet ( i was wearing a pretty long skirt). I felt really weird throughout the interview. And he was asking weird questions, too! The interview started by him trying to find my application on his desk. Then, after 5 minutes, when he finally got it, he started our conversation with a question "so, how did you manage to get a green card?". And then he kept asking about my other interviews, and negotiating my rank list order...I kinda still ranked them high, as they were a well-known program at a good city, and I though he'd retire soon either way))
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Default Perception of a bad interview isn't the absolute truth.

During my interview trail, one of the PD's asked me alot of behavoral questions, and even gave me bad feedback, to mak me feel like I performed really badly. I liked the program and ranked it on the top. Ended up matching there.

Sometimes, program leadership wants to see how you handle the pressure and stress. Take it lightly, be yourself, never let em get you.
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