Possible Question Scenarios

Types of question that would be likely to be asked in an interview in one way or another. The number of questions like this runs into the hundreds and we will cover large numbers of questions in our course.


Below we have set out a small representative sample, just as a taster, but do remember that reading these by yourself as you study is not comparable to the highly pressurised situation in the interview itself. You will be facing someone you do not know and will have to offer articulate, well thought through answers in a very short space of time. So, the importance of great preparation cannot be over emphasized.


Why I want to be a doctor specifically? The major challenge in this question is to clarify why you are called to be a doctor and not a nurse or a physician's assistant. It is a very specific question designed to test how deeply you understand the differences in the role of doctor versus the other healthcare roles and where you fit in terms of suitability for the role.


A specific set of circumstances surrounding an abortion and how I would handle the issues arising. (Ethics)


A question similar in style to the above could be asked about a set of circumstances surrounding end of life care of a patient and specifically where I position myself within those circumstances. For example, what advice would I give to the patient’s family. (Ethics)


A searching question asking if there was anything outstanding that I learned from a particular part of my work experience/internship. This is where familiarity with my journaled chronicle of events comes into play, but if there is no journal, there is nothing to remind you of anything the night before the interview. (Journal of Work Experience)


Perhaps a question arising from something you wrote in your personal statement could be asked. So, the advice is simply know why you are putting each personal nugget of information into the statement and what do you think it says about you. Further, what can you say about yourself that will make you stand out from the other applicants. e.g. If you are an international student, with a non- traditional education, then talk about that and how that will benefit the medical school you are trying to get accepted to and how that diversity will be an enriching asset to the community of your potential medical school peers.