There are about 20 universities which offer medical degrees and a further 12 which offer degrees in Dentistry. Most of these (and some universities which offer degrees in Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Optometry etc) require students to attend an interview as part of the selection process.
The only universities which do not have interview a part of the selection process are the University of Queensland and the University of Tasmania.
The type of questions asked at these universities vary widely and there would be at least several hundred questions that are asked at these universities.
Samples of such interview questions: see below.
Some organisations offer a full day Medical Interview Training which are tailored to a specfic university. These are normally held in November/December. You can read some of the reviews on this organisation’s interview training here.
Sample Medicine Interview Questions:
You will be asked some introductory/’ice-breaker’ questions that could include but are not limited to any of the following:
- Tell us a little bit about yourself…
- What are your interests/hobbies?
- Tell us about an event that occurred in your life and how it shaped you…
Self Awareness Questions:
Self Awareness is a very important trait to have, particularly within the field of Medicine, Health Science and Dentistry. Interviewers will assess your level of self awareness through questions like:
- What are your strengths/weaknesses?
- How would your family/friends describe you?
- Is there anything you would like to change about yourself?
Personal Qualities & Skills Questions:
Interviewers will often ask questions about specific qualities that are seen as desirable in the field such as teamwork, leadership, conflict resolution, dealing with adversity etc. through questions such as:
- Describe a situation where you had to work in a team…
- Please give us an example of when you have shown leadership/leadership skills…
- What would you do if a team member was not ‘pulling their weight’?
- Have you had any disappointments or setbacks in your life? How did you cope with them?
Motivation Questions – Do you know what it takes?:
Through the questions in this section, interviewers will try to assess whether you know what it takes to be a health science student or a health practitioner.
- Why do you want to be a doctor/dentist/physiotherapist/optometrist?
- Who influenced your decision to enter this field?
- Explain your understanding of a career in Medicine…
‘Why us?’ Questions:
Interviewers will be trying to find out why you want to study at their university as opposed to all of the other universities throughout Australia/New Zealand who offer the same/similar courses.
- Why do you want to study at this university?
- Tell us what you know about the Medical course at this university.
Issues in Health Questions:
They may test your general knowledge through questions like:
- What are some current problems with the health system?
Interviewers might ask you about medical research/rural health:
- What is the role of research in Medicine?
- Are you willing to work in rural areas?
Communication, Empathy and Reasoning Skills Questions:
You may be given a story or theory to summarise, a situation to analyse or debate, you may be asked to identify major issues from a passage or significant information.
To sum up/end the medical interview you may be asked questions like:
- Do you have any questions for us?