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Sample interview questions for medical students

Disclosure statement: The Centre for Career Development is not affiliated with the School of Medicine and do not know the questions that the School will ask in your interview. The following questions are only a guide to assist you as you prepare for your interview.

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• What have you been doing for the past year?

• Why do you want to be a doctor?

• What aspects of your life do you think you will change when you become a doctor?

• What do you find satisfying/ dissatisfying about where you live?

• Describe your childhood and adolescence.

• How do you think your life would change if you entered medical school?

• Describe an ethical decision that you had to make and how did you deal with it?

• What do you feel will be the most difficult problem facing society in the next few decades?

What are your thoughts on privatization in Health Care in Canada?

• If I asked your friends to describe you as a teenager, what would they say?

• What was the most difficult decision you have ever made?

• Describe a situation in which you had to work as a member of a group and things were not working out.

• What do you feel is the biggest problem in the world today, medically?

• There are 300 applicants who are equally as qualified. Why should we choose you?

• What steps have you taken to acquaint yourself with the role of a physician?

• What do you think are the most pressing issues in medicine today?

• What do you plan to do if you are not accepted into medical school?

• How do you feel about rural medicine?

• What are your positive qualities and what are your negative qualities?

• Describe your relationship with your family.

• How do you think your role as a physician fits in with your role as a member of the community?

• Describe your personality.

• Of what value can you be to our school?

• What are the best and worst things that have ever happened to you?

• Which life experiences do you think make you a good candidate for medical school?

• If your best friends were asked to describe you, what would they say?

• If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

• How do you cope with stress?

• You are living in a small rural community and your neighbour comes to you with a relatively minor medical problem. She is on social assistance and does not have health insurance. The medication you prescribe is not covered by social assistance. Her brother, however, has health insurance and she asks you to fill out the prescription in his name and sign his health insurance form. What do you do? There is no way to subsidize the medication.

• If you plan to have a family, how do you plan to balance work and family?

• Name the three most influential books that you have read.

• What do you do in your spare time?

• What are you specific goals in medicine?

• What stimulated your interest in medicine?

• What schools have you applied to and why?

• What do you intend to gain from your medical education?

• Why do you think so many people want to be physicians?

• How do you plan to finance your medical education?

• Tell me about yourself.

• What are the steps to set up a medical clinic.

• Describe an ethical dilemma you may face as a physician.

• What have you been doing lately?

• Tell us about a satisfying experience you've had at work or school.

• Tell us about a dissatisfying experience you've had at work or school.

• What sort of person do you get along with the best?

• What sort of person do you find the most difficult to get along with?

• What do you think will be the biggest problem in the world in 10 years, medically?