Typical Questions

Typical Questions

Be ready for a wide array of questions. If asked to talk about yourself, tell those things that relate to the situation (personal background, education, goals, etc.)

  • How did you become interested in medicine? How did you become interested in the specific discipline?
  • Why do you think you might like to be in our residency program?
  • What do you know about our residency?
  • What strengths do you think you would be able to bring to a residency program?
  • What do you consider to be personal weaknesses that you would like to correct?
  • What courses/clerkships did you like the best?
  • What qualifications do you have that make you feel you will be successful?
  • Do you prefer any specific geographic locations? Why?
  • Why should I select you over the other candidates?
  • Can you take instructions without feeling upset?
  • What have you learned from jobs or experiences you have had?
  • What type of books have you read?
  • What are your plans for the future? (i.e., private practice, fellowship training, academic medicine, research…)
  • What have you done which shows initiative and willingness to work?
  • What activities do you pursue outside of medicine to maintain balance in your life?
  • What role did you play in the research projects(s) cited in your CV?