Most Often Asked Medical School Interview Questions

January 27, 2014

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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You’ve sent in your application letter along with the personal statement and letters of recommendation and all that’s left now is to cross that next barrier – the interview. The medical school interview is a crucial component of the admissions process. Getting an interview means that the medical school is impressed by your academic credentials and believes you qualify for their program, at least on paper. So far so good. However, good grades and test scores aren’t the only grading factors medical schools use for their applicants. To be a successful physician, in addition to being conversant in the theoretical knowledge of medicine, you also need to be genuinely compassionate and be able to relate to different types of patients. The interview process helps medical school authorities gauge your potential in regards to communication skills.

If you’ve reached this stage of the process, you cannot help but know how hugely important the interview is, which means you should take the trouble to do everything possible to be fully prepared for it. How do you prepare for an interview? In addition to making sure you have your clothes, transportation and documentation ready for the day, you should also research potential interview questions and perform mock interviews.

Below, we’ve put together some of the most commonly asked questions at medical school interviews every year.

1. Why do you want to be a doctor? – This is one question that you can be 100% sure will be asked of every applicant so take time to think about how you will reply.  

2. Tell me about yourself.

3. What makes you think you would you be a good doctor?

4. How do you handle stress?

5. What is your greatest strength or 2 greatest strengths?

6. What is your greatest weakness or 2 greatest weaknesses?

7. Name three things you would want to change about yourself?

8. What do you do in your spare time?

9. What are your hobbies?

10. Who is the most influential person in your life?

11. Have you had any actually clinical experience?

12. Describe your clinical experience.

13. Why do you think you are you a good fit for our medical school?

14. Describe your volunteer work.

15. Describe your research experience.

16. What are your specific goals in medicine?

17. Define success

18. How do you handle failure?

19. Are you a leader or a follower? Why?

20. What do you think about euthanasia, abortion, stem cell research?

 21. Which is your first choice of medical school?

22. Why do you want to go to our medical school?

23. Which other schools are you applying to?

24. What will you do if you are not accepted into medical school?

25. Have you received any other acceptance letters?

26. There are several applicants as qualified as you are. Why should we choose you? What sets you apart from the others?

27. What do you think is the most pressing healthcare issue of today?

28. What is your favourite book and why?

Thinking about your answers to these questions will help you feel more confident and have your reply ready instead of fumbling around for an answer when the question is asked of you at the interview.