The medical school interview is a crucial phase in the admissions process. Unfortunately, many qualified applicants fail to obtain admissions because they do not prepare for it. What are the thirty most popular interview questions?
The medical school interview is a crucial phase in the admissions process. Getting an interview means that the school believes you are, at least on paper, qualified for their program. Unfortunately, good grades and test scores aren’t the only predictors medical schools use for their applicants. To be a successful physician, you not only need the knowledge of medicine, but the ability to relate and correspond with patients. The interview process helps medical schools determine an applicant’s potential in regards to communication skills.
Because of the importance placed on the interview, every applicant should diligently prepare for it. They should research potential interview questions and perform mock interviews. To help an applicant prepare, we have listed the most popular questions asked by medical schools every year. The interviewee must, at the minimum, prepare an answer for each of the following questions.
1. Why do you want to be a doctor?
2. Why would you be a good doctor?
3. Tell me about yourself.
4. What do you do in your spare time?
5. What are three things you want to change about yourself?
6. How do you handle stress?
7. What are your two greatest strengths?
8. What are your two greatest weaknesses?
9. What are your hobbies?
10. What is your favorite book? Why?
11. Define success.
12. Who is the most influential person in your life?
13. Describe your clinical experience.
14. Describe your volunteer work.
15. Describe your research experience.
16. Why are you a good fit for our medical school?
17. How do you handle failure?
18. Are you a leader or a follower? Why?
19. What do you think about ______________?
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20. There are 1000 applicants as qualified as you are. Why should you be accepted into our medical school?
21. Where else are you applying?
22. Have you been accepted anywhere else?
23. What is your first choice medical school?
24. What will you do if you are not accepted into medical school?
25. If you couldn’t pursue medicine, what would you pursue?
26. In your opinion, what is the most pressing health issue today?
27. Why do you want to go to our medical school?
28. What was your favorite class in college? Why?
29. Tell me about a leadership role you’ve held in college?
30. What are your specific goals in medicine?
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