Practice questions for interview


The questions asked during medical school interviews might not all be obvious as they differ from the more generic ‘why medicine’ to more complex ethical questions like ‘why euthanasia’. It might also revolve around socio-economic ‘postcode’ types of questions to political implications as ‘why the need to reform the NHS’.

The Want to be a Doctor website created by Leeds medical students as part of the widening access scheme for the profession of medicine has a host of questions compiled and thought it is of benefit to share it here as it would be of massive importance for mature students with pending interview, and to acquaint prospective applicants with the issues of medicine that are talking points, and with time I would also start to share both from my own compilations and what I had been asked at interviews in the near future.

  1. Why do you want to be a doctor? (link opens in new window)
  2. What is the format of a good team?
  3. Do you read any medical publications?
  4. Would you prescribe the oral contraceptive pill to a 14-year-old girl that is sleeping with her boyfriend?
  5. How do you see Britain’s healthcare system in 20 years time?
  6. If you had £1 billion to spend on a certain aspect on healthcare, what would you spend it on?
  7. Tell me about any medical advances you have read about recently.
  8. What are the good and bad points about being a doctor?
  9. How would you balance your outside interests with studying a degree?
  10. What are the qualities of a good doctor?
  11. Which quality is the most important?
  12. What single healthcare intervention could change the health of the population the most?
  13. Name a sector of society which has poor access to healthcare?
  14. What have you gained from your work experience/hobbies/community work?
  15. What qualities do you have that mean that you will be a good doctor?
  16. How do you cope with stress?
  17. What are your best and worst qualities?
  18. When you graduate, what will you be remembered for by your peers?
  19. What did you do in your year out?
  20. What areas of responsibility do you have?
  21. How would you deal with angry/distressed patients?
  22. Were you scared of doctors when you were young?
  23. What do you think about abortion/euthanasia etc?
  24. What qualities do you think colleagues appreciate in a doctor?
  25. How many hours do you think a junior doctor works?
  26. How is the NHS structured?
  27. What is the difference between primary and hospital care?
  28. Why is medical research is important?
  29. What is the postcode lottery?
  30. What makes you angry?
  31. Can you describe a situation that has been stressful?
  32. How do you deal with stress?
  33. If complains were made about you as a doctor, how would you respond?
  34. Do you think that doctors need to ask for consent when taking organs from a dead person?
  35. Where would you draw the line?
  36. What if it was only a small blood sample?
  37. What do you think you will find most difficult about a career in medicine?
  38. Give an example of when you have worked in a team, and why is teamwork important Who works as part of a team with doctors?
  39. What have been the most significant advances in medicine over the past 10/20/50 years?
  40. Why don’t you want to be a nurse? (link opens in new window)
  41. How have you found out that medicine is the correct career for you?
  42. What aspects of the course here appeal to you?
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