Medical Interview Sample Questions

Introductory Questions:

You will be asked some introductory/’ice-breaker’ questions that could include but are not limited to any of the following:

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself…
  • What are your interests/hobbies?
  • Tell us about an event that occurred in your life and how it shaped you…

 Self Awareness Questions:

Self Awareness is a very important trait to have, particularly within the field of Medicine, Health Science and Dentistry. Interviewers will assess your level of self awareness through questions like:

  • What are your strengths/weaknesses?
  • How would your family/friends describe you?
  • Is there anything you would like to change about yourself?

Personal Qualities & Skills Questions:

Interviewers will often ask questions about specific qualities that are seen as desirable in the field such as teamwork, leadership, conflict resolution, dealing with adversity etc. through questions such as:

  • Describe a situation where you had to work in a team…
  • Please give us an example of when you have shown leadership/leadership skills…
  • What would you do if a team member was not ‘pulling their weight’?
  • Have you had any disappointments or setbacks in your life? How did you cope with them?

Motivation Questions – Do you know what it takes?:

Through the questions in this section, interviewers will try to assess whether you know what it takes to be a health science student or a health practitioner.

  • Why do you want to be a doctor/dentist/physiotherapist/optometrist?
  • Who influenced your decision to enter this field?
  • Explain your understanding of a career in Medicine…

‘Why us?’ Questions:

Interviewers will be trying to find out why you want to study at their university as opposed to all of the other universities throughout Australia/New Zealand who offer the same/similar courses.

  • Why do you want to study at this university?
  • Tell us what you know about the Medical course at this university.

Issues in Health Questions:

They may test your general knowledge through questions like:

  • What are some current problems with the health system?

Interviewers might ask you about medical research/rural health:

  • What is the role of research in Medicine?
  • Are you willing to work in rural areas?

Communication, Empathy and Reasoning Skills Questions:

You may be given a story or theory to summarise, a situation to analyse or debate, you may be asked to identify major issues from a passage or significant information.

Conclusion Questions:

To sum up/end the interview you may be asked questions like:

  • Do you have any questions for us?