Stop Berating Other Programs At Interviews
As members of admissions committees, we’re obligated to provide applicants with an informative and representative experience of what our respective training opportunities are.
Since applicants matriculate to a single program, they often want a rundown of how a given institution compares to the rest. While this is a very reasonable inquiry (and I’m guilty of it too), the overwhelming majority of us can only speak about our alma maters or current training program because, well, these are the only places we have first-hand experience.
Speculating about other institutions isn’t fair nor professional as many comparisons are based on mere hearsay. I can only provide the pros and cons of the institution which I represent. Consequently, speaking ill of another program is unsubstantiated and inappropriate – steer away from this tendency and let your program speak for itself. 😎