Sample SVI Questions

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Being able to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals.

This includes the following subcompetencies:

  • Oral Communication
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Teamwork and Leadership

Sample Questions

  1. Describe a time you worked with a challenging patient. What was the situation? What actions did you take? What was the outcome?
  2. Describe a time when you were successful in communicating a difficult message. What was the situation? How did you communicate the message? What was the outcome?
  3. Imagine you are leading a multidisciplinary team composed of professionals with different areas of expertise. How should you make sure everyone works together effectively?


Knowledge of Professional Behaviors (Professionalism)

Being able to demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles.

This includes the following subcompetencies:

  • Empathy and Altruism
  • Ethics
  • Cultural Competence
  • Conscientiousness

Sample Questions

  1. One of your patients refuses treatment because it is incompatible with the patient’s religious beliefs. What should you do in this situation?
  2. Describe a time when you noticed a mistake or an error that had been made. What was the situation? What actions did you take? What was the outcome?
  3. You have just received test results for a patient indicating that her disease has progressed beyond any available treatment. How should you deliver the news?

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