Health Professions Interviews - Sample Questions

Sample Questions

  1. Tell me about yourself.

  2. Tell me why you’re interested in medicine. Both, what inspired this interest and also what you’ve done to investigate the field and confirm your decision.

  3. What experiences have you have in a medical or clinical setting?

  4. What aspects of your life and experiences do you think make you a good candidate for medical school?

  5. From what you understand about medical school, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for you?

  6. What hesitations or reservations do you have about joining the medical profession?

  7. Tell me about an experience you’ve had working on a team. What role do you tend to play when working on a team?

  8. Tell me about a time that you made a mistake or failed at something. (Be sure to explain what you learned from this mistake)

  9. How do you deal with stress?

  10. What has been your most rewarding experience working with others?

  11. What do you think is the most pressing issue in healthcare today?

  12. Would your plans to become a physician change if the U.S. moved to a universal healthcare system, similar to Canada?

  13. How do you think the U.S. should address the physician shortage problem, particularly in primary care doctors in rural areas?

  14. What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?

  15. Why did you choose your major? How has it prepared you for a career in medicine?

  16. What was your favorite class and why?

  17. What will you like least about practicing medicine/dentistry?

  18. What opportunities have you had working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural and inclusive settings?

  19. Tell us about a time when you had to work with someone who had the direct opposite personality of yours.

  20. What experiences have you had working with diverse populations?

  21. Do you have any questions for us?


**adapted from MIT and Johns Hopkins University pre-health resources