Young man reacts to the approval of his application at a med school. Happy and in disbelief, he places both of his hands on the top of his head.Thousands of people apply for study programs at prestigious medical schools around the world. A face to face interview, which typically doesn’t last longer than thirty minutes, is one of the tools that help the admission committee to decide about each application.

In this article we will have a look the most common questions, and suggest how you should answer them to improve your chances of getting accepted. Let’s go!


Most common questions

Question 1: Why did you choose our school?
Answer: In your preparation for an interview, you should look at the study program, the subjects, the reputation of the school, their values and goals, after-school activities they offer, the dormitories, etc. Try to find something that relates to you, that attracts you, and speak about it in your interview. Show them that they are special in your eyes.

An illustration of a scene from an interview. Three interviewers and one job candidate.Question 2: Why do you want to become a doctor?
Answer: Most people will speak about the need to help the others, their sympathy for people who suffer, or perhaps about a family tradition. To stand out with your answer, try to tell the admission committee a story–story of you helping someone, story of your childhood dreams that eventually resulted in your application for their study program, etc.

Question 3: Why should we give you a place in our study program? Why you, and not someone else?
Answer: Try to demonstrate the value you can bring to the school as a student. Speak about participating in various competitions, about your desire to actively contribute to the campus, organizing events etc. Alternatively (if you do not feel like doing anything I mentioned), you can try the approach of modesty and honesty, saying that you believe all applicants should get the chance, and let it for the committee to consider whether they pick you or somebody else.

Question 4: Medical studies are very hard. Do you think you can handle that?
Answer: Do not play a super hero. Medical studies are tough, and you should be aware of that. But tell them that your determination to succeed is strong, that you are ready to sacrifice your hobbies and your free time for the studies.


Questions targeting your personal traits

They may also ask you some questions that target various strengths and weaknesses you may have, and your interests and attitudes. For example:

  • If one of your future colleagues or patients criticized you for your work, how would you cope with that?
  • Can you define your strengths and weaknesses as a future doctor?
  • Do you have any experience with rescuing people, or providing any form of medical assistance?
  • How would your best friend describe you?
  • What qualities do other people admire on you?
  • Where do you see the future of medicine?
  • How would an obese patient feel if you told them¬† that their rheumatoid arthritis was caused by their obesity? Do you think it is right to tell that to the patient?


The interview is not easy, but you can succeed. Have a look at following articles to prepare even better: