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Old 03-13-2008, 08:22 PM
kiwi kiwi is offline
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Default Describe a time when you made an unpopular decision

Hi there, for questions asked in behavioural interviews (such as the one in the thread title), how would one approach them if we have actually never been placed in the situation the question refers to? For instance, I don't think I have ever actually made a decision that went against the wishes of everyone else in the group...we have always been able to come up with some sort of compromise (perhaps my leadership experiences have been limited..but at this point, there isn't much I can do to change it), so I am wondering how I could answer the question in the thread title.
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Old 03-13-2008, 10:49 PM
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I tried thinking of an answer when I saw your thread and for the life of me couldn't come up with one either. I eventually decided I would have define an "unpopular decision" as any decision that someone didn't agree with. It didn't need to occur in a group setting, just something you decided that at least one person disagreed with. You might also define unpopular as maybe something you decided and then later regretted.

When I finally came up with my unpopular decision, I settled on defining it as something at least one other person disagreed with. And for me, quitting football after 7 years was unpopular in the opinion of my family because they thought I should pursue the sport further (even to the point of becoming a professional). By the end of my 7 year involvement I started to realize I wasn't playing for myself anymore, even though I had once immensely enjoyed playing. Quitting was the right decision for me at the time, despite it being unpopular in the view of my family.
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Old 03-14-2008, 02:06 PM
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Like lostinHP pointed out, this doesn't have to be a leadership scenario or anything. You've *never* made a decision other people were unhappy with/disagreed with? Did you choose a different university than most of your friends? Did you befriend a kid in highschool who was hated by your friends? Have you gone against your family's wishes in pursuing a medical education? Have you ever gotten a fluorescent green mohawk to your family's dismay?

Any of those would suffice, and many many more.
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Old 03-15-2008, 12:58 AM
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I answered a similar question in an earlier thread...hopefully this helps you:

see post #2

http://www.premed101.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25964
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Old 03-15-2008, 06:13 PM
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Sorry to offend you Arandil. But I think your boyfriend is a very selfish person and it might serve you well to break up with him.

Think about this: you get all rejections, you think you can have your "happily ever afters" with him just like the fairy tale says. And then he meets a new girl and dumps you. What do you do then? Would you not regret your decision not to pursue med?
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Old 03-15-2008, 07:03 PM
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Thanks for all your suggestions!
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Old 03-15-2008, 07:44 PM
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Difficult situation, aranndil. It doesn't strike me that love is the problem, but rather fear... I think, in the end, you should do what you need for your future career and aspirations; managing each person's dreams and goals is difficult in any relationship, and it's not really over until it's over. Best of luck!!
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Old 03-15-2008, 08:33 PM
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Gah...I had fun (*not*) with a question similar to this one during my MMI.

It was one of those..."describe a time when you've been..." questions. I stood outside the room for what seemed like a minute and 50 seconds drawing an absolute blank. Last minute I recalled a situation in which I was 9, travelling alone from China back to Vancouver, and had lost my airline hostess escort who was supposed to take me from the check-in gate onto the plane. Somehow I managed to lose her (or she, I) and ended up wandering around aimlessly. Luckily I had the presence of mind to locate another hostess who was able to get me to where I needed to go.

I freaked out for days about this question cuz I was like...WTF was I thinking talking about this sort of drivel?! It's somewhat comforting to know that we don't exactly have to give the 'perfect answer; ei. in army training/as an executive manager/while saving the president of the united states, etc. lol even if that would be a better answer.

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Old 03-15-2008, 09:43 PM
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Sorry about your tough situation aranndil.. I think that love is wanting the best for the other person, even if it involves some personal sacrifice, but that is my personal viewpoint.
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Old 03-15-2008, 10:40 PM
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aranndil, your life sounds so interesting/dramatic. I don't mean that in an offensive way, but it seems like something I usually see on dramas. Now my life on the other hand, SO boring. Best of luck w/ things though, hopefully you do have a happy ending =)
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