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What didn't you like about the interview?
I will start off by saying that I understand that our interviewers do see a lot of interviewees on a given day and I can appreciate that it is a lot of effort to interview prospective applicants. I have been there myself once upon time as a recruiter/interviewer and understand how much work it takes to vet prospective students.
That being said, I wasn't happy about my interview for a couple of reasons. It seemed that my interviewer had not looked at my resume prior to conducting my interview which is generally a basic requirement before you even meet the candidate. The interviewer got the the university where I graduated from incorrect, was surprised by how long ago it has been since I graduated with my bachelors, and had no understanding of my clinical experience even after I explained to the interviewer my role and the types of clinicians I interacted with. A quick 2 min Google search would have yielded a lot of background information on my clinical experiences even if the interviewer was unfamiliar with them if done prior to the interview.
The interview is not only a chance for the university to see if I, as an applicant, would be a good match for the school and program but also whether I believe the university is a good match for me as a student. It goes both ways. We all spent a lot of time writing our essays, asking our LOR writers to take time out of their day to draft our letters, we also paid a fee to apply. The tuition itself for the program is very high so it is a large financial investment equivalent to buying a car or putting a down payment on a new home. Not something done lightly without due thought and consideration. I want to make sure that my investment is worthwhile and that a certain amount of professionalism is inherent throughout the entire application process and within the program. The interviewer is our introduction to the school and is a representative of both the school and the program. As an applicant, when I go into an interview and the interviewer is clearly unprepared, it devalues the work I have put in to apply and shows a lack of respect for me as an applicant. I also took the time to write out my questions and prepare for the interviewer beforehand, I had a printout in front of me with answers to the common questions that they were going to ask and I also did additional research in the areas that I wanted to ask more in depth questions about with the interviewer so that I could help keep the interview moving since I know the interviewer's time is valuable.
That is why I was not happy about the interview and why I left the interview feeling disappointed given the stellar reputation the school has in both its clinical and academic areas.