Medical School interview questions

Here are some typical Medicine interview questions that are commonly asked in either panel or MMI interview styles. It doesn’t mean these questions will come up, but it’s always good to prepare what you may say if they do.

Questions about Medicine
  • Why do you want to study Medicine?
  • Why not nursing or another healthcare profession?
  • What steps have you taken to find out whether Medicine is the right career for you?
  • What have you read or experienced to prepare for entry into Medicine?
  • What challenges do you think a career in Medicine will pose to you? How will you deal with them?
  • Which is more important in Medicine, being empathetic or being sympathetic?
Questions about being a Doctor
  • Why do you want to be a Doctor?

  • As a Doctor, whom would you regard as part of the team?

  • What are the pros and cons of being a Doctor?

  • Do you think that Doctors should ever go on strike?

  • What makes a good Doctor?

  • Who are the most important members of a multi-disciplinary healthcare team? Why?

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of being in a team? Do teams need leaders?

  • What do you think would be the advantages, and difficulties, for a person with a major physical disability (e.g. blindness) wishing to become a Doctor?

  • Would you perform abortions as a Doctor?

Questions about your career
  • What would you do if you were unsuccessful at getting into Medicine this year?
  • What do you want to achieve in your medical career?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • Would you rather be a GP or work in a hospital? Why?
Questions about you
  • Are you an empathetic person?

  • How do you manage your time?

  • What are you most proud of?

  • How do you spend your free time?

  • Tell us about your work experience

  • What has been your most rewarding experience working with others?

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?

  • Can you tell us about a book or a film that has influenced you as a person or made you think, and why?

  • Tell me about someone who has been a major influence on you as a person / in your life?

  • Are you a leader or a follower?

  • Tell me about a project, or work experience, that you have organised, and what you learned from it?

  • If your peers were to describe you in three words, what would they be?

  • What motivates and drives you?

Questions about NHS and healthcare
  • What is the NHS? What do you know about it?
  • What do you think is the most pressing issue in healthcare today?
  • How do you see the UK’s healthcare system in 20 years?
  • Is mental health an area of concern for the NHS, and if so why?
  • What do you think was the greatest public health advance of the twentieth century?
  • Should the NHS be involved in non-essential surgery?
  • Should the NHS fund the treatment of self-inflicted diseases?
  • What is your feeling about euthanasia?
Questions about studying Medicine and the university
  • Do you know what it is like to be a medical student?
  • What do you know about our course?
  • Why this medical school?
  • What can you bring to our university?

This list of Medicine interview questions is by no means exhaustive. There are other questions that you may be asked during your interview, but preparing for the questions above is a great start to your Medicine interview preparation.

Mock Interviews (MMI)

Online mock medical school Interviews with personal feedback