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You got the interview — how do you make a good impression? You’ll usually have 10-15 minutes with each interviewer, so your interview answers count.
Fortunately, the same questions get asked over and over. Practice them! Don’t let interview day take you by surprise.
Also, if you included any extracurriculars/hobbies on your application, be prepared to talk about them – a lot of interviewers like to ask about interests outside of medicine!
Here are some of the most common questions we’ve been asked:
• Why did you choose this specialty?
• Tell me about yourself.
• Tell me about a time you experienced conflict and how you resolved it.
• Tell me about a time you when you were experiencing difficulties in your life and what you learned.
• Tell me about a time you were criticized and how you responded.
• What’s a negative aspect of our specialty?
• Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years? What are your career goals?
• Tell me about an interesting patient and what you learned.
• Tell me about a time you made a mistake in medicine.
• What would you do instead if you weren’t in medicine / your specialty of choice?
• What are you looking for in a program?
• What is something unique that sets you apart from other applicants?
• Who is your role model and why?
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