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Interview Questions


Actual Questions from Cal Students Interviewed for Medical School

  1. What do you hope to gain during your medical education?
  2. Describe a typical day from your elementary school days.
  3. What questions do you have for me about our school?
  4. What is your weakness that concerns you most?
  5. Name some strategies to address the problem of smoking among teens; talk about some that haven't been tried before.
  6. What would your best friend say about you in convincing me I should admit you to our medical school?
  7. If you could be any character in history, who would it be, and why?
  8. How did you decide to apply to our medical school?
  9. Why did you choose our specific program?
  10. How are you a match for our medical school?
  11. What do you do in your spare time?
  12. What other medical schools are you applying to?
  13. How do you view abortion?
  14. Would you perform abortions as a doctor? Under what conditions?
  15. What are three things you want to change about yourself?
  16. How would you describe the relationship between science and medicine?
  17. Think back on your undergraduate experience at Cal; what would you change about it?
  18. If you were in charge of UC Berkeley what would you change that would impact the undergraduate experience?
  19. Name something you are most proud of…
  20. Which family member has influenced your life so far and why?
  21. What do you think about the health care system and which way should it go?
  22. What do you think is wrong with the current health care system in the US?
  23. Name a meaningful experience you've had and how it shaped you to pursue work as a physician.
  24. Is there a good deal of drug use at your school?  Possible follow up: Have you taken drugs?
  25. Which languages do you speak? Why?
  26. Which of your college courses interested you the most?
  27. If you couldn't ever be trained to be a physician, what would you be?
  28. In your present living situation, how do you settle disputes with your roomates?
  29. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  30. What interests you outside of medicine and getting into medical school?


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