Sample Interview Questions

About Yourself

  • Why do you want to be a doctor? Describe yourself for me.
  • What will you do if you don’t get into med school?
  • Were your college courses challenging?
  • Tell me about your community service experiences.
  • Do you feel your grades reflect your ability? Your MCAT’s?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • What’s your worst quality, what’s your best?
  • How did you get interested in medicine?
  • What alternative careers have you investigated?
  • Is there anything weak in your record? Why?
  • What has been the most difficult challenge in your life?
  • How do you plan to combine the responsibilities of a family and a medical career?
  • What were your favorite courses? Least favorite?
  • Tell me about your most influential professor.


  • If you had a choice between one liver transplant or a thousand vaccinations which would you choose and why?
  • If you could find a cure for AIDS or for cancer, which would you choose and why?
  • What do you think about condoms being distributed in high schools?
  • Should people have the right to sell their own organs?
  • Do you think it’s ethical to take the life of a fetus for a cell line to save the life of a sibling with cancer?
  • You have to amputate one of the legs of an eight-year-old child. How would you tell them?
  • Would you give a transfusion to a child whose parents were Jehovah’s Witnesses?
  • What are your views on euthanasia?
  • What do you think about euthenics (not euthanasia)?
  • How do you feel about animal research?
  • Should we spend so much time and effort trying to keep premature infants alive?

About Healthcare

  • What do you think is the primary reason people don’t get into med school?
  • What one characteristic must a doctor possess?
  • If you were called to congress to come up with the perfect healthcare system what exactly would it be?
  • Do you actually know what a doctor’s day is like?
  • Why would someone from Canada come to the U.S. to receive healthcare and why would somebody from the U.S. go to Canada for health care?
  • What have you recently read in the media about medical issues?
  • What is the greatest problem facing medicine today?
  • What would you do about the alcoholism problem in this country?
  • Is health care a right or a privilege?
  • How would you organize health care in a perfect world?
  • What do you think should be done with patients who can’t pay for treatment?
  • As a physician, would you perform abortions? Under what conditions?
  • What should a physician’s role be in the politics of abortion
  • What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?
  • What is the biggest problem family practitioners face?
  • What do you consider the most important thing medicine has done for humanity?

Source: Stoll, M. (2007). Best 168 medical schools (2007 ed.). New York: Random House