Preparing for an Interview
To prepare for an interview, you should:
- familiarize yourself with the interviewing resources provided by the Center for Work and Service
- read available literature about the school
- check with students who have already been interviewed at the school and/or students who were accepted at the school the previous year (the MPAC Chair can suggest students you might contact)
- review previous applicants’ responses to the MPAC’s interview debriefing form
- responses from 2007-2011 application cycles are stored in a binder to near the Committee Coordinator’s desk
- the form was moved online for 2012 applicants; their responses will be added to our Sakai site under Resources at the close of the 2012 application cycle
- practice interviewing with your adviser or with a friend
Additionally, your MPAC interview in the spring of your application year will provide you with useful feedback and advice.
Sample Interview Questions
- Why do you want to be a doctor/dentist/veterinarian?
- Tell me about yourself.
- What is your greatest strength or weakness? (Think about this ahead of time, particularly a weakness.)
- Are there any areas of medicine/dentistry/veterinary medicine, interests you the most?
- How do you react to criticism?
- What three adjectives might your friends use to describe you?
- How do you think changes in health care policy will affect your approach to medical practice?
- What is the most difficult medical situation/moral dilemma/challenge you have faced?
- Tell me about your research.
- Why should we accept you over the thousands of other applicants who are applying?
- What books do you read for fun? What do you do for fun?
- How do you handle stress? What do you do to relieve it?
- Looking back over your life, what are you most proud of?
- Give an example of a situation in which you showed initiative. What did you gain from this experience?
- Why do you want to come to our school? (You need to do your research before your interview.)
- Be prepared to answer questions about ethical situations related to your medical profession and healthcare in general.
- You might be asked about medical/dental/veterinary insurance.
- You might be asked to describe what you see as the greatest problem facing medicine/dentistry/veterinary medicine today.