Medical Interview Sample 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.
To sum up/end the interview you may be asked questions like:
- Do you have any questions for us?