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Old Jan 19, 2017, 12:05 am
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Originally Posted by pewpew
Well doing research while reviewing for the MCAT (and realizing how much I've forgotten) isn't the best way to spend my time, but if I would say that I enjoy it so far. The hardest part is not being able to travel (BOD isn't the easiest airport to fly out of + travel interferes with studying), but I'm in either Berlin or Amsterdam next year, so hopefully that'll be better. What's it like being back in Canada?
Yeah the MCAT is a tough exam. Especially if you haven't done your 1st / 2nd year sciences in a while.

Being back in Canada is pretty awesome. Living / working in YLW has been fantastic.

The airport has decent routes (YVR, YYC, YEG, YYZ) but is kind of a sad building itself haha.
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Old Jan 19, 2017, 1:23 am
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Damnnnn, I know some CDN school over app fee assistance for undergrad, not sure about grad schools. Saving $200 would certainly nice.
It depends on your department, supervisor, school, etc. for graduate schools. When I was applying to PhD Programs, my potential supervisors at Western U and UVic paid for my flights to their respective schools, two nights in a real hotel downtown in each place, taxi allowance, AND paid my application fees to the individual schools.

Tried to do the same at U of T. Potential supervisor offered to pick me up from the airport, and the school offered me a 50% reduction of my application fee and a transit pass for one day in the city...
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Old Jan 19, 2017, 1:26 am
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Originally Posted by ScGhost0
It depends on your department, supervisor, school, etc. for graduate schools. When I was applying to PhD Programs, my potential supervisors at Western U and UVic paid for my flights to their respective schools, two nights in a real hotel downtown in each place, taxi allowance, AND paid my application fees to the individual schools.

Tried to do the same at U of T. Potential supervisor offered to pick me up from the airport, and the school offered me a 50% reduction of my application fee and a transit pass for one day in the city...
yeah, when I interviewed last cycle, Queen's reimbursed my travel. U of T gave me nothing
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Old Jan 20, 2017, 2:49 pm
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I bombed my case interview today, it was a fail of epic proportions.
I was like a deer in the headlights.


At least now I know what I need to work on now and do better next time.

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Old Jan 20, 2017, 3:18 pm
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Originally Posted by Jumper Jack
I bombed my case interview today, it was a fail of epic proportions.
I was like a deer in the headlights.


At least now I know what I need to work on now and do better next time.
Been there, done that.

Back around 97/98, I had an interview at a tech firm in Ottawa. The part with my prospective boss went well, but then I met with the HR person. I was completely unprepared for the sorts of touchy-feely questions she asked. I sat there like a blubbering idiot wondering what in the world she was talking about. Completely bombed that part of the interview and did not get the job, even though I had very strong recommendations from some friends who worked there. Things went completely south a few years later and all of my old buddies were given the boot anyway.

There will be other interviews, don't lose hope.
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Old Jan 20, 2017, 3:50 pm
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Can you make that picture larger? I can't make out the detail.
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Old Jan 20, 2017, 5:08 pm
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Originally Posted by flyquiet
Can you make that picture larger? I can't make out the detail.
It's just to annoy everyone here.

So pro. ^
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Old Jan 20, 2017, 5:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Jumper Jack
I bombed my case interview today, it was a fail of epic proportions.
I was like a deer in the headlights.


At least now I know what I need to work on now and do better next time.
First of all, you get the interview at least.
Second, maybe other people did even worse
Last but not least, an interview can not decide your life.

I remember when I was looking for my first internship, I bombed the entire interview from start to finish (I applied something I am not even remotely qualified for), but then guess what, I did well for 5 other interviews and got 5 offers.
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Old Jan 20, 2017, 5:17 pm
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Originally Posted by songsc
First of all, you get the interview at least.
Second, maybe other people did even worse
Last but not least, an interview can not decide your life.

I remember when I was looking for my first internship, I bombed the entire interview from start to finish (I applied something I am not even remotely qualified for), but then guess what, I did well for 5 other interviews and got 5 offers.
I've "bombed" interviews and then get an offer... So yeah, whatever.
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Old Jan 20, 2017, 6:23 pm
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I recall a friend moaning about bombing an interview at a prestigious tech company back in the day. Dream job, really.

The company? Nortel.
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Old Jan 20, 2017, 6:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Jumper Jack
I bombed my case interview today, it was a fail of epic proportions.
I was like a deer in the headlights.


At least now I know what I need to work on now and do better next time.
Case interviews are a lot about practice - and there's nothing like real life practice! (I say that as a regular case interviewer)
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Old Jan 20, 2017, 8:03 pm
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Originally Posted by krayZpaving
Case interviews are a lot about practice - and there's nothing like real life practice! (I say that as a regular case interviewer)
But I guess the reason we fall is so that we can learn to pick our selves up. Next one will be better, and so will the one after.

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Old Jan 20, 2017, 11:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Jumper Jack
I bombed my case interview today, it was a fail of epic proportions.
I was like a deer in the headlights.

At least now I know what I need to work on now and do better next time.
Originally Posted by Jumper Jack
But I guess the reason we fall is so that we can learn to pick our selves up. Next one will be better, and so will the one after.
Keep interviewing, keep improving, and keep interviewing, and interview some more. You'll eventually get an offer and, trust me, things become sooooo so so so much easier once you're employed


Originally Posted by smallmj
The part with my prospective boss went well, but then I met with the HR person. I was completely unprepared for the sorts of touchy-feely questions she asked. I sat there like a blubbering idiot wondering what in the world she was talking about. Completely bombed that part of the interview and did not get the job, even though I had very strong recommendations from some friends who worked there.
Ugh, thank goodness I haven't had to interview with an HR drone in eons. Even if they extended an offer, I might reject it unless everything is in place -- a tech company where the HR drone does any more interviewing than "what's your immigration status", "when can you start" is not a tech company that I would enjoy being in
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Old Jan 20, 2017, 11:44 pm
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Originally Posted by maradori
Ugh, thank goodness I haven't had to interview with an HR drone in eons. Even if they extended an offer, I might reject it unless everything is in place -- a tech company where the HR drone does any more interviewing than "what's your immigration status", "when can you start" is not a tech company that I would enjoy being in
So basically you'll only work at a tech company that is so desperate that they'll move everyone past the recruiter?
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Old Jan 20, 2017, 11:54 pm
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I wonder how many of us worked at Nortel? I did as well.
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