Episode 6: Students’ Interview Experiences (Part 2/2)

Discussions with four current Pritzker students about their experiences on the interview trail, memories from their own interviews at Pritzker, and some advice for those of you interviewing in the near future.

If you have questions for us, please send them to pritzkerquestions@gmail.com.

Episode 6 Transcript

Ben Ferguson: Hey, folks. This is Ben back with the sixth episode of the Pritzker Podcast. Welcome back to the show. This is the second part of our two-part series–or more…who knows?–on student interview experiences. Mary and I again for this episode have gone out into the field fearlessly and interviewed some of our fellow students to get their own take on what their own experiences were like during the interview trail. So without further ado, let’s begin. The first one up is Mac Walter.

§ Mac Walter

Mac Walter: My name is Mac Walter. I’m a second year medical student. I’m from the western suburbs of Chicago about 20 minutes outside the city. I was an English major in college. I minored in Spanish and Latin American studies. I studied abroad in Spain, spent some time over the summer living in Mexico, so I was really interested in learning Spanish and the liberal arts so I didn’t have as strong of a science background as some of my peers who were basic science majors, so I spent time after college, two years after graduating, working in Boston, working as a tech in the ER where we do blood draws and put on splints and stuff. And I also did two years of research in the emergency department so I got a chance to see what clinical research is like. I took a few science classes after college at the Harvard Extension School to kind of boost up my basic science background a little bit, so that’s what I did after college.

At one school I went to, I went to my faculty interview and a few of the previous schools I’d interviewed at, the faculty seemed to be familiar with my application, things I was interested in, why I was applying to medical school, but at this particular school, the faculty interviewer said, “All right, just give me 15 minutes. I’ve got to read your file here.” And this was when my interview was supposed to be starting, so I just sat in the hall while he read my application, which was really awkward, and so he finally said, “All right, come on in.” So I walked into the room and he’s like, “All right, so I just read your file.” And I was like, “OK, cool, that was supposed to happen before”–I didn’t say that but–then he’s like, “So, we could talk about you, but I just want to know if you have any questions for me.” And I was like, “Uhh…” So I asked him a few questions about the school that I had prepared. He’s like, “All right, I think that about does it,” and he never asked me anything about myself and he read my file five minutes before the interview started, so I don’t know why I even showed up. So that was my most memorable one.

I can talk more from my experience. I’m one of the student interviewers here at Pritzker, and I’ve found the interviews that are most memorable to me are the ones where I can tell the interviewee is just being themselves, answering questions honestly and not trying to tell me what they think I want to hear because that ends up just sounding a lot like–it’s not very memorable because so many other people have said it, but the ones who are people are just friendly and honest with whatever questions I ask are the ones that stick out because I can tell they’re being genuine and that’s one of the things that I think is really important.

I had a great interview at Pritzker. It was one of the reasons I chose to attend this medical school. One, the people in the Office of Medical Education were just unbelievably friendly and that’s what really stuck out–all the different members of the admissions committee and the deans were just really friendly and you could just tell that they really enjoyed having students come and wanted you to be really excited about Pritzker, so that’s what stuck out the most was just how excited and friendly and personable the whole Office of Medical Education was. And the students I interviewed with and got a chance to talk to were just really friendly and enthusiastic and also honest about the schools–they weren’t afraid to say, you know, I like this but this class is hard, Chicago gets really cold but–and again, just the students being honest but enthusiastic was really memorable.

I guess the biggest thing for me was just being patient. It’s hard–if you feel like you worked hard in school and have certain things to offer and it takes–I just got frustrated after a while because I got rejected from a lot of schools and took a while to hear back to get any interviews at all. So I was starting to get pretty down and wondering, “Oh man, why–what should I have done differently?” or you know, “Am I going to have to choose some other career path? Or am I going to have to get a different degree to help make me a stronger applicant?” And you know, that’s tough to handle, but I think if you’re patient then good things end up happening. So, I know it was a long initial few months for me. I was a little worried but then it all worked out well in the end.

§ Mike Glista

BF: Next we’ve got Mary who’s meeting with Mike Glister; he’s an MSTP student.

Mary Bister: Hi, I am here with Mike Glister, who has kindly consented to help us out both with this podcast and with the one on MSTPs. But for today, he’s just going to be talking about regular, ordinary, plain old interviewing experiences that are had by everyone. So, hi Mike.

Mike Glista: Hi.

MB: How are you?

MG: I’m doing great. I’m glad to be here.

MB: Awesome. All right, well why don’t you tell us a little bit about how the interview process worked out for you?

MG: Well, my interview process here at the University of Chicago was a little bit different because I am in the MD/PhD program, the MSTP, here. So, here I didn’t do the regular medical interviews, but at other places, other schools, they usually will interview you for the medical school like a normal medical applicant and then they’ll interview you elsewhere, so usually it was just more interviews instead of necessarily different interviews.

MB: So, what do you think is important for people to know?

MG: I think the most important thing to remember is that you should be yourself on interview day. And, you should be as calm as you possibly can because that will allow you to be yourself. The point of most interviews that I know about–and you know it does vary from institution to institution–but usually, the point is to get to know you as a person. They know what you’re like on paper and you wouldn’t be at the interview if they didn’t think that you would be qualified to be there, so they want to get to know you. And frankly, the best strategy is not to try to be the ideal self or the person that you think the medical school wants you to be, or the person that you yourself would want yourself to be. You should be yourself because that’s the best way to look comfortable and look confident, and that’s really what I think a lot of medical schools are looking for.

MB: Cool. Was there any particular horrible experience or really funny experience that you’ve had while interviewing that you would like to share with our listeners?

MG: Ugh, there are too many to count, I think. I mean, I had some really great interviews and I had some not-so-great interviews. I think that if you have more than one interview and that counts even more than one interview at the same institution, I’m sure that you’ll have some good interviews and some not-so-good interviews. The worst interview I had was with a surgeon, and he had double-scheduled his time, and so he was supposed to be interviewing me while he was supposed to be doing a procedure. And so, the interview was conducted in this hallway where we were just walking from where he was supposed to interview me to where he was going to do this surgery. And it might have been–if he was an exciting, fun doctor who wanted to be, I don’t know, a fun guy, he would have said, “Hey, why have you come observe this procedure or something?” or “Hey, why don’t you wait until after I’m done and come back and I’ll interview you then?” That would have been also cool, but instead, he was kind of interviewing me in the 10-minute walk to the next thing, and he said, “Okay, bye. You can check your emails here while I do this. And, another thing that he did that was really annoying is that he asked me the same question four times. He asked me about my clinical experience, and the question was pretty much the same every time he said, “So, tell me about your clinical experience… Do you have any clinical experience?… So, do you have any clinical experience?” And this was usually interspersed with other questions but it just went to show that he wasn’t paying attention and that–frankly, he didn’t give me a very good impression of that school. So, yeah, I had–that was probably the worst interview I had.

At another interview, another bad interview that was kind of memorable that–I just got off to a bad start, and the person who was going to interview me seems like very excited to talk to me for about the first two seconds, and then he asked me a question about–gosh, I wish I remembered exactly what it was…let me think for a second. He just asked me a question about some controversial topic like–it wasn’t abortion, it was something else. He asked me some controversial question. It might have been about nationalized healthcare or something, and I started to answer pretty confidently and he gave–he made this face and I reacted to his face and it made me look a lot less confident in my answer. And from then on, he just wasn’t really into the interview and it doesn’t seem like he really trusted me because I think it affected the way that I was answering his question. I think backed down and I should have just–you know, Dr. Waggoner on an earlier podcast advised people not to be controversial and there is wisdom in that advice, I think. You know you don’t want to say something that is really out there. But if you start to say something and you really feel strongly about it, you should say it because that’s how you feel, and if that institution has a problem with that, then you might not want to be there anyway.

MB: I think that’s really good advice. I absolutely do. So, you’ve done some interviewing here for University of Chicago. What have you learned through that experience, and what advice can you give to perspective applicants based on what you’ve learned from interviewing other students?

MG: The biggest thing that I learned is that different interviewers are probably looking for different things, and at this school, the student interviewers are really getting–they want to get to know you as a person. They want to get to know how you’ll fit in as a member of our class and as a member of this community at the University of Chicago and at Pritzker School of Medicine. And so, with the student interview, specifically here, I think the main–the most important thing to do is to be yourself and try to feel comfortable having a conversation because that will be the best way for us to get a sense of whether you’ll be a member of the class who will contribute and be excited about being here. So that’s my main advice. I guess if you to know in advance by maybe asking the coordinators of the interview day what exactly they’re looking for. Are they looking for more you-tell-them-everything and they’re just going to be listening to what you have to say, or if they are looking for more of a conversation. I don’t know how many people would be able to answer that very well for you, but you know, it’s another question you can ask, and well–

MB: And questions are good.

MG: Questions can be really good because it’s always better to know more than less in advance. So, my advice, again, is to be yourself and try and be as confident as you can and as comfortable as you can.

One thing that I found to be a problem when I was interviewing is that when I would have more than one interview on a day, I would let the way that one interview went, or how I felt like one interview went, influence the next series of interviews, and I think that as hard as it might be to try to avoid that, I think it’s important to just know, okay, I’ve done this one and it’s done and I’m starting an entirely new interview with an entirely new person who has an entirely different way of interviewing people, potentially, has an entirely different disposition or outlook on life, and so if it went badly–the first interview–then say, “Okay, that wasn’t such a good interview, but you know, this is an entirely independent interview. It has nothing to do with what I just did,” and if you have two interviews and one person was like, “Oh, that person was a great person,” and the other person was like, “Well, they didn’t seem that great to me”–but maybe they don’t have very strong opinion about it–then probably the more strong opinion or the better interview might take precedent, but I don’t know.

MB: I think that’s really true though from, you know, the people I’ve talked to and what I’ve heard, a lot of times, if one interview goes fantastically and another interview doesn’t go so well, that’s okay. They recognize that different people might click differently, but if both interviews don’t go well, then that’s kind of a red flag. So you really do have to sort of buckle up after a first bad interview and really get back on the horse.

MG: Yeah, I agree. And if the first interview didn’t necessarily go very well, you could pretend in your mind that it went well. And if you’re going into the next interview and the person asks you how your day is going, you can say, “It’s going great. I just met a really interesting person. This person who interviewed me was this person and I had a really interesting conversation with them!” or “I had a really engaging conversation with them. I’m glad to be here!” And that puts the conversation in kind of a moving-forward pace instead of just saying “Oh, fine.”

MB: Yeah. I think that’s really helpful advice. All right. Well, since we have a microbiology lab starting pretty soon, I’m going to ask you if you have any other thoughts that you’d like to share.

MG: One thing that I’d like to say is that I love talking to somebody who is an expert on something. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be something that’s really impressive but it’s–if you do something that’s fun and maybe you didn’t even put it in your application–maybe you wrote your whole personal statement about it–I’d love to talk to you about it and I’d love to hear about it from somebody who knows, and so if you can bring that up and make it clear that you’d be happy to talk about it, usually I as a student doing a student interview here would love to talk about that, maybe more than about your ten other extracurricular activities.

Another–this is the last thing: Sometimes, when I’m interviewing a student, if they’re nervous, I’ll ask them a very simple question. Usually it’s just a clarification question and they’ll start talking about it, and then they’ll feel uncomfortable and feel like they need to keep talking or maybe they feel like the more they tell me about themselves in that moment, the better the interview will be. And that sometimes isn’t the case. If somebody asks you a simple question and you can answer that in a sentence, then go ahead and answer it in a sentence, and if you feel like you want to talk more about it, then you could say something–use a follow up sentence or two to say, “Well, and that reminds me that I also did this once and it was a really interesting experience,” and then stop and wait for them to direct the interview the way that they want because a lot of times, interviewers get excited when you get to interact with them the way that they want you to interact with them, and sometimes you have to listen a little bit more carefully than you might feel like listening in an interview to have a good interview.

MB: Wow, I’m glad you took the time to bring that point up because I think it’s a really excellent one and it’s one that I don’t know that’s been made already, so thank you.

MG: Well, my pleasure. I hope that it helps somebody out there and it doesn’t hurt anybody.

MB: Yeah. First, do no harm.

MG: Sure. Thanks a lot.

MB: All right, thank you, Mike. We’ll talk to you again during the MSTP podcast.

MG: I’m looking forward to it.

§ Jeff Eisen

Ben Ferguson: Next up, I’ve got a conversation with Jeff Eisen. He’s a third-year medical student and he’s got a bit of an interesting background.

Jeff Eisen: My name is Jeffrey Eisen. I’m a third-year student at Pritzker. My background is a little unusual. I actually attended graduate school in California at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and I got an MBA before coming to Pritzker, and the reason I did that was that originally, I was thinking about going into healthcare policy and administration, but after doing that for a little while, I realized that that wasn’t the path that really excited me, and so I decided to take a leap of faith and go to medical school.

I never thought about medical school for quite a few years during college as well as for a few years afterwards. It was not something I really thought I was interested in, but what happened was I was the executive director of a homeless shelter and food bank in the Northern California area, right outside of San Francisco, and I found myself spending much more time with the clients that I was serving food to and the clients that were staying at the shelter than I was, you know, wanting to tend to the books and work on all the fundraising to keep the doors open and that’s a really, really important job but I felt long-term that that wasn’t the right job for me. So, I started asking around to see what people thought about what I should do next and 98% of them said that I should go to medical school and become a doctor, and I even talked to the clients at the shelter and asked them what they thought I should be if I wasn’t doing this and let’s say, 98 out of 100 said I should be a doctor. So, I decided to actually take it seriously and take a couple science classes and let it go from there, and here I am today.

I found that my interviews were very different at different schools, so structure-wise. But I tried to approach them similarly everywhere I went, and what I did is I decided that, you know, a medical school wants a person who’s good at science, they know that they want to be a doctor and they’re committed to the profession and committed to the work ethic required, but I wanted to show them that I was a different–there was something a little bit different about me that would make me stand out from the thousands of other people that were applying because if you come off as cookie-cutter, I didn’t really think that that would work.

So I had a really funny interview experience when I was actually at a school out on the East Coast in New York and I was coming from California and the guy sits down, and the first thing he says to me is, “I have never interviewed anyone outside the New York or New Jersey area.” And I thought, “Well, what kind of shot do I have to get into this school? I can’t imagine how this is going to be possible.” So we just start talking and I said, “Well, you know what? I’m just going to be myself because he already has a mark against me before I walk in the door. I have to show him why I want to be here.” So we talked about my background and we talked about the classes I’ve taken, and I think I conveyed really well the type of medicine I was interested in. But it really came down to a conversation we had where he said, “What do you like to do in your free time?” And I said, “Well, as a matter of fact”–and here we are in like urban center of like a big metropolitan East Coast city–“as a matter of fact, I’m learning to play the banjo.” He’s like, “Really? Why are you learning to play the banjo? You live in a–work in a homeless shelter in San Francisco.” And I said, “Well, my grandfather used to play the banjo. He’s from the Ozark Mountains and I’m from Missouri, and I thought it was always really cool and I was walking by this store in California and I saw a banjo in the window. And I said, ‘I think I might want to try to learn and play the banjo.’ So I started learning to play,” and I said, “I’m not very good but I’ve just started while I have some time during this interview trail kind of learn and he laughed and he thought that was really funny and interesting, and next thing you know, like three weeks later, I had gotten into that school.

First thing this woman, she turns to me and walks to me, and she goes, “Wow, you look really old. What’s your story?” And you can’t see me on this interview, but I don’t look very old–I actually think I blend pretty well with my class–and I was completely caught off-guard and I was like I can’t believe that she had the nerve to say something like that. I thought it was very funny and I thought it was very odd. And you know, I have to say it turned me off of the school a little bit because I felt, “Okay, well she must be telling me that I don’t fit in right from the get-go.” So you know, I don’t think that that’s–I thought it was a great school, I enjoyed my experience, I actually met someone there that I’d like to do research with in the future but I felt it wasn’t the right school for me. And so, I think that it’s really important to pay attention to those kinds of cues. Sometimes those little things can make a difference in terms of places that you interview and what you find that connects you to a school. You know, some places you might fit and some places you might not. And I felt like it was my responsibility to figure out where I fit and didn’t fit as much as it is the school’s. I didn’t want to hang out on a limb like praying, “I hope they accept me.” You know, I wanted to be able to say where I thought would be appropriate for me to go to school and I think that I was lucky enough to have those choices.

I was excited to get this interview because University of Chicago has a really cool reputation. It’s a very–you always think of Nobel Prize winners. It’s a really intellectual place. There’s a lot of academic excellence, there’s got to be some really interesting people here. You know, having been in Chicago for a little while with college and all, I really had a lot of respect for this school. So, I was really excited, a little bit nervous, but I found that when I talk to people here, they were so down-to-earth, and you think if people are very heady academicians that they might be up in the clouds and you can’t connect with them, and I found that people were so unassuming about how incredibly talented they were and it really excited me. I thought this would be a really great place for me. I think my mindset is kind of the way people think here and I just came to really enjoy it. I also learned while I was here during my visit about all of the opportunities to get involved in community service and so having worked at a homeless shelter previously, I wanted to be really involved in that kind of work in the Chicago area. And there was a lot of opportunities to do that right at Pritzker without me having to head out into the city on my own and find those opportunities. So, it was really good and when I left that night, I remember feeling more nervous than when I first got there because I really wanted to get in. It was the one school I interviewed at that I felt like I really want to get in this school and I’ll be really disappointed if I don’t get in.

My impression of Pritzker was that I think the people were actually much more down to earth than I thought they might be because it’s a very intellectual place, and I wondered how engaging people would be and I found them to be even more interesting and compelling as people than I thought they would be. And so, it gave me an even more favorable impression. I think it left me with a really good sense of what the school was about. Even in just the short time I was here, I also thought the admissions team, they were just great. I think they’re some of the nicest and most committed people here at the school. And I really enjoy seeing them–even now I’m working now in the hospital all the time but if I happen to bump into one of them, I always run up to them and see how they’re doing because they’re really great people.

The first two years of basic sciences, you see that people who are teaching you know their stuff and are really–have a lot of wealth of knowledge and you’re just trying to pick up as much as you can because there’s such a volume to learn. But then, you get into the hospital and you actually see what people do on a day-to-day basis. So, you’ll have someone lecture in a physiology class and you forget that they might be physicians at that time, but then you might work with them on your cardiology rotation during medicine, and you think, “Wow, they’re really good. I see how they take that–what I learned in those books and then putting it into practice.” And I’m on the OB-GYN rotation right now and I’m definitely finding that to be true in terms of some of the physiology that we learned and that you put it together with the patients and it makes for a really, really excellent experience.

I think that it’s really important to be prepared. I have interviewed students and–I’ve been on both sides–so I’ve interviewed and I’ve interviewed students, and I think that there’s some basic underlying information that you should know about when you go to a school, like what that school–like maybe how many people are in a class, maybe just kind of get just a basic sense of what the curriculum is, get a little bit of an understanding of what types of extracurricular activities are available, maybe understand how the four years are structured–you know, just a little bit of homework. I think that’s really important. Also, most medical schools, you’ll find, there are some standard questions that you hear a lot, like “Why do you want to be a doctor? If you’re a biology major, you could be any–you could be lots of things. You could be a biology teacher, you could be a scientist, you could work in industry. Why do you want to be a doctor?” So, I think that’s an important question to ask yourself and to be able to answer well, and to be able to answer it in a way that’s really genuine and it doesn’t come off as cookie-cutter or just standard. So, I’d say think about questions that people might ask you, think about answers that are genuine to you but maybe a little bit different or interesting compared to what the average answer might be, like think of what the average answer would be and then try to come up with something that might be a little bit more interesting. And then my final piece of advice is really just to try to be yourself because the people who interview are meeting lots of very talented, intelligent people in dark suits that come through and they want to see something about you that makes you stand out, that they remember you. And it doesn’t have to be anything wacky or bizarre or strange, but it should be something that you can–hopefully that you can leave a lasting impression on someone.

§ Lucia Navar

Ben Ferguson: And finally, Mary met with Lucia Navar. She’s also a medical student and she had some rather memorable interview experiences to say the least.

MB: Hi, I’m Mary and I am here with Lucia Naval, who is a second-year Pritzker student who’s been kind enough to come and share her interview experiences and advice with us. How are you?

Lucia Navar: I’m good.

MB: Good. You had kind of a funny interview story that I know you’ve been dying to tell so I’m going to let you tell us all about your interview experience here at Pritzker.

LN: Okay. Well, I have to say it was probably my most humiliating experience of that year. So, I’m in, though, so I’ll start off with that: I’m in. It started off pretty well, most of the interview. I did have trouble finding parking, I did get lost on my way but I tend to do that all the time, which probably sounds normal to–well, doesn’t sound normal to most people but it is to me.

MB: It’s totally normal.

LN: I got lost in like Jackson Park, or whatever, so I was cutting it close but finally found the place, parked, got here. It was really cold. I had just come from Los Angeles so I went from–I don’t know, it was like below-three that day. So anyways, finally make it to the interview, I get all the interviews and then we’re having the tour, and we start off by looking at the lecture halls. And we go into 109 and in the back, everyone’s crowding around the back and so I wanted to let the people in the back see the seats so I decided that I’d move into the aisle; however, I wasn’t looking where I was going and there’s this little step on the very last row so I kind of tripped and fell. But I didn’t just like fall on my knee; I fell laying flat on my side, completely down. And of course you immediately jump up, and I was like, “I’m okay, I’m okay.” And, “Oh, are you hurt?” “No, no, no, I’m fine.” Of course, I’m in pain but I’m faking it and I’m going, “Okay, I’ve got to get hold of myself.”

So then we continue on to the interview and we go into the hospital, and just as we’re entering Mitchell Lobby, I hear some little clatters and they go, “Khkhkhkh,” and I look all around me and I don’t see anything. So I’m like “Okay. Maybe I just imagined it, or someone else something.” And I continue to walk and one of the people on the group that’s also being interviewed said, “Oh, excuse me. You dropped your sunglasses.” Now, that’s not a big deal–it’s not–but I’d just fallen. So now, it is because now, here I’m the girl that’s fallen, and is now dropping things all over the place and not even like paying attention.

So then, we continue walking. At this point, I’m like I just have to relax. This, you know–just chill. So I continue on the interview, and if you’ve started to interview, you will realize that you stand out like a sore thumb when you come–when you go to interviews. First of all, you’re the only people dressed in suits and everyone else is either–if you’re in like the university or the school setting, everyone’s in jeans or casual clothes. In the hospital, however, you see a lot of white coats. So, there is like this little distinct–you have two groups: you have the white coats and you have the dark suits. So we go through the tour of the hospital, and we go into this elevator, and as we come out of the elevator, I’m like kind of leaning towards the back. It’s crowded; there’s a lot of doctors in the elevator along with the entire group that’s being interviewed, so I’d say that it was a big elevator, obviously. And as soon as the door is open, the majority of people start walking out, and there’s a corridor leading straight ahead and one that turns to the left. And so, when I get out, I start walking and I just keep walking and all of a sudden–I don’t know, maybe it took maybe 30 seconds, I don’t know. Something on me just clicks and I realize that I’m walking–in front of me, all I see is white. And I’m like, “Wait a second, wait a second. Something is wrong. I should be seeing dark, not white.” So at that very moment, I heard a voice from behind me say, “Where is she going?” And so I turned, and there are these two guys that are also being interviewed and they’re just kind of looking at me with like this puzzled look on their face because everyone’s gone left and yet I followed everyone straight ahead. I was like the third-to-the-last to exit, but you’d think I’d pay attention to where everyone else was going. I didn’t.

MB: You would think.

LN: No. I went straight and everyone went left, and of course, you know–and then at that point, I turned around and luckily, I was the third-to-the-last to come out of the elevator because only those two guys noticed. But it was still very embarrassing; I had to do like complete about-face and walk back and to say, “Oh, um, I have no idea.” One of them was really sweet, kind of reminded me of David Spade. And he said, “You know what? That happens to everyone,” but of course, it doesn’t. So that was my horrible interview experience at Pritzker.

MB: So did you have any interviews, like actual interviews, later that day or had they all been done in the morning?

LN: I had one in the morning and one later on.

MB: So how did you recover from that? How did you walk into your interview after that extraordinarily stressful tour?

LN: Well, my later interview was ended up being in the hospital, and they gave me the wrong room number.

MB: Oh, no.

LN: So yeah, it didn’t end there. So, I’m wandering around Mitchell trying to find the place and then there was this woman who I guess saw me and kind of–I don’t know, I must have looked desperate at that point. And she’s like, “Can I help you?” And I’m like, “I’m trying to find this room and this doctor.” And she said, “Well, no. I don’t know where that is. Hold on, let me see if I can find someone that can help you.” So we went in and I guess her boss was there, and he looked and he’s like, “Well, I don’t know where that room number is, but I know this doctor and he’s over here.” So I was able to find–but I think I was maybe five minutes late, but it was okay. I explained it–I went in and it was a transplant doctor, and as I sit there, he’s saying–he just starts interviewing. You know, I asked him a little bit about himself, and he says he’s doing transplants. Oh, I’m like, “How often do you do it?” He’s like, “Oh, I’m doing one, you know, a couple right now.” And I’m like, “Wait, what do you mean right now?” He’s like, “Right now.” I’m like, “Like right now, right now?” And he said, “Yeah.” So he had two back-to-back organs.” But when I left, the interview was pretty cool because I got to see the organs as they came in.

MB: Oh, cool.

LN: Yeah. And he did have to go immediately afterwards. It was actually–he was pretty cool so that made me relax.

MB: Good. So, during your experience interviewing, you must have learned some things along the way. Are there any pieces of advice that you would like to give to perspective interviewees?

LN: Follow the dark coats. That’s it.

MB: That’s important to know: Follow the dark coats. Awesome. Well, thank you for taking the time out of your day to share your story with us.

LN: You’re welcome.


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