COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Categories

General

These questions can be about anything from your interests, hobbies, family, etc.

Career in Medicine

What are your particular interests in medicine and why?

Leadership

Describe instances when and where you demonstrated  your leadership abilities.

Current Topics

Are you aware of recent topics discussed in the news, books, and on other media sources?

Behavioral

These questions focus on your characteristics and why they may make you a strong physician.

School Specifc

Why is this school of particular interest for you? Are there particular programs you like?

Ethical

How are you able to handle controversial topics and considerately present your ideas ?

Sample Questions

Thank you to Washington University School of Medicine for many of these questions.

Please tell me about yourself.


General




Tell me about your family. How do they feel about your decision to apply to medical school?


General




How did you choose your undergraduate school? How has your experience been?


General




What was your worst college course and why?


Behavioral




What do you like to do in your spare time?


Behavioral




Why do you want to be a physician? When did the interest in the profession come about? Did you have a defining moment?


Career in Medicine




What steps have you taken to acquaint yourself with what an physician does?


Career in Medicine




What do you think that you will like most about a career in medicine? The least?


Career in Medicine




What do you see your self doing in the future (e.g. ten years from now)?


Career in Medicine




How have you spent the summers in between your collegiate years?


General and Behavioral




Describe your style of communicating and interacting with others. Give an example of a situation in which you had to use effective interpersonal skills.


Leadership




How well do you work in group situations? If there were a conflict in the group, (e.g. how to reach the group’s goal, how would you react to that conflict)?


Leadership




Have you had any leadership roles?


Leadership.




How do you handle stress? Can you give me an example of a stressful situation you faced and how you reacted to it?


Behavioral and Leadership




What do you consider to be your best qualities?


General and Behavioral




What are some of your weaknesses?


General and behavioral.




We have 1,000 applicants for our school and, on paper, they are all as qualified as you. We can only admit 100 of our applicants. Why should we admit you?


All topics may be integrated




If I got on the phone now and called one of your references and asked for a candid assessment, what do you think they would say about you?


General and Behavioral




Tell me about a time that you failed. How did you handle it?


Behavioral




How do you feel about euthanasia?


Ethical




What impact do you want to have on the medical profession?


Career in Medicine and Leadership




What experience have you had working with diverse populations?


Behavioral and Leadership




Do you keep up with current events? How (newspapers, television, etc.)? One topic which is often in the news is the issue of the lack of adequate health care coverage for the poor. What are your thoughts on a possible solution?


Current topics.




What do you think are some of greatest strengths of our nation’s current health care system? Weaknesses?


Current Topics




From what you have learned about medical school, what parts of the program do you think will be the most difficult for you?


School Specific




What do you think are some of the biggest challenges facing the medical profession today?


Current Topics




If there were an accident on the highway, would you stop and help the victims, knowing that your actions could result in a malpractice claim being brought against you?


Ethical




Tell me about a time when you were criticized unfairly. How did you react?


Behavioral




What do you know about our particular medical school? What is it about THIS school that you find attractive?


School Specific




If you are not accepted to medical school, what will you do then?


Behavioral




What else do you want us to know about you before you leave today?


Miscellaneous




Before you leave, do you have any questions for me?


Miscellaneous





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