Years ago, I was fortunate to have been selected as a medical school representative for our medical school Admissions Committee. As such, I had the opportunity to see, first hand, the admission process and partake in interviews with prospective medical students. Most candidates had already made the MCAT score / grade cutoffs requisite for medical school and were then asked to come for an interview with members of the Admissions Committee. (At the time, the interviews conducted by student representatives were weighted equal to the interviews of more senior members of the admissions committee.)
Reflecting on those days, I recalled two students' responses that prevented them from being a medical student at our school.
First, when responding to the predictable, broad open-ended question "So why do you want to be a doctor?" it's never a good idea to answer with a blank stare, long pause, and then, "Gee, that's a good question!"
Second, no matter how great your MCAT scores and grade point average might be, when asked "Five years from now, what would you like to see yourself doing?" it's probably a good idea not to answer as follows:
"Let's see, it's Wednesday. I guess I'd like to be out on the golf course right about now."
While the response garnered a good chuckle from the Admissions Committee, he never stood a chance.