Common Interview Topics

Specific questions will vary among programs. However, questions will generally fall into the following categories: 

  • Questions about you – “How would your friends describe you?” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” 
  • Questions about your future career goals – “What do you see yourself doing in the future?” “What are your goals?” 
  • Questions about your interest in their specific school – “Why are you interested in our school?” “What are you looking for in a medical school?” 
  • Questions about your application/record – “Can you tell me about this deficiency on your record?”  
  • Questions about your past experiences – “What was the most difficult situation you encountered prior to medical school?” “What is one event you are proudest of in your life?” 
  • Questions about how you would handle a hypothetical situation – “Describe how you can effectively deal with someone in a crisis?” “Imagine you are working on a group project with a classmate. The professor compliments your work on the project. She gives you sole credit and fails to mention that your classmate played a major role. What should you do?”  

Access an AAMC list of frequency asked interview questions.