Sample SVI Questions

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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 specific actions did you take? What was the outcome?
  2. Describe a situation in which you were successful in communicating a difficult message. 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 would 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 was the situation? What action did you take? What was the outcome?
  2. Tell me about a time when you noticed a mistake or an error that had been made. What was the situation? What action 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 would you deliver the news?

Application Preparation Guide

For more information on application preparation, review this guide.