Interview Questions

Sample Interview Questions

Information was compiled from students who interviewed at the listed schools, various webinars, school websites, and national associations/organizations for the respective fields.

General Interview Questions

List of fields:

Dentistry
Medicine
Occupational/Physical Therapy
Optometry
Pharmacy
Physician Assistant
Veterinary Medicine

 

General Questions

Personal:

  1. How did you choose _____?
  2. How have you explored this career? Are you interested in any other careers? How would you describe the lifestyle of a _____?
  3. What do you think you will like most/least about being a _____? If you could change one thing about this field, what would it be?
  4. What do you see as the major problems impacting this field today? What is your stance on universal health care?
  5. What do you see as the advantages/disadvantages of telelaw/telemedicine? (currently being implemented by HMSA) and how do you see its widespread use impacting law/health care?
  6. What do you see as the advantages/disadvantages of patients’/clients‘ internet access to law/health info their tendency to self-treat?
  7. What do you hope to accomplish in life by becoming a physician/lawyer/pharmacist? What will you do with life if you do not become a physician/lawyer/pharmacist/etc? Why did you choose to apply to this school?
  8. Where do you plan to settle and practice?
  9. Describe a situation or event that inspired you to pursue this field. Tell me about your volunteer experiences.
  10. How interested are you in this school, and why?
  11. How does a liberal education including arts, humanities, literature, social sciences prepare you for this field?
  12. What do you think of media advertising medications? Of pharmaceutical companies giving physicians free samples?
  13. Where do you see medicine in the US 10 years from now? 
  14. In a group, what kind of role do you play? (dominant, observant, etc) Describe a situation in which you took leadership.
  15. Describe a situation in which you gave up, then explain your current philosophy about when/under which circumstances one should give up.
  16. How would you define a leader,and which of those qualities do you possess?
  17. How would you define a team player, and which of those qualities do you possess? Do you participate in sports?
  18. Do you learn best on your own, or in a group? And why? How do you spend your free time?
  19. Do you have any hobbies or interests you would like to share? What are you reading these days? What is your favourite book? What was your favorite course?
  20. What course do you wish you could have taken, and why? Have you ever conducted research?
  21. What extracurricular experiences did you list on your application?
  22. What do you think constitutes “cultural competency”? (ask about feelings, expectations...) How mature are you compared to others your age?
  23. Describe your personal philosophy of living.
  24. Describe what you do to balance life and work? How do you cope with stress?
  25. Have you ever travelled?
  26. Describe a hardship you have overcome.
  27. Describe a situation in which you felt you failed; explain why and how you coped with it. What will you do if you are not admitted?
  28. How did you pay for college? How do you plan to pay for professional school? If you are accepted, where do you plan to live?
  29. Who are your top three influences, and why?
  30. What would you do if you caught a classmate cheating?
  31. What would you list as your three greatest strengths? Why, give examples of them, and how you capitalize on them.
  32. What would you list as your three greatest weaknesses? Why, give examples of them,and how you live with them.

Scenarios:

  1. Patient has diabetes has tried everything to control it; is now at the end of the rope, but refuses to take insulin.
  2. 16-year old female patient, in for a check-up;mother asks to accompany daughter; patient agrees but appears reluctant.
  3. When you go to get a medication from the locked pharmaceuticals cabinet, you notice that vials of a controlled substance are missing without having been signed out. You remember seeing your friend/colleague/supervisor exiting the cabinet sometime earlier. How do you handle the situation?
  4. You are taking a med school final exam and notice that one of your fellow students is cheating. How do you handle the situation?
  5. You are caring for a patient from the Middle East who has recently been diagnosed with uterine cancer. She and her husband arrive together for her next appointment, he accompanies her into the examining room (she does not object), and he demands to hear her diagnosis. How do you handle the situation?
  6. Would you prefer to provide less effective treatment to more people or more effective medicine to fewer patients?
  7. How would you design a priority system for organ recipients?
  8. Would you prescribe birth control pills to a minor without parental consent?
  9. You have been offered a full-ride scholarship to a summer program to provide hands-on medical care to an underserved population in a third-world country. How would you decide whether to accept?
  10. Would you work in an AIDS clinic?
  11. How do you plan to respond if you are asked a question that is not allowed? (race,religion,whether you plan to have children,sexual orientation,weight, etc.)

 

Dentistry

General Questions

List of Schools:

University of California San Francisco
University of Colorado
University of Iowa
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri – Kansas City

General Questions

by the American Student Dental Association (ASDA)

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What is your greatest weakness?
  3. Why are you interested in dentistry?
  4. What was your most meaningful experience with dentistry?
  5. What differentiates you from the rest of the applicants?
  6. What other dental schools have you applied to?
  7. Have you interviewed at any other schools?
  8. What event has made the biggest impact of your life?
  9. We noticed you withdrew from a class, why?
  10. How would you rate your level of hand-eye coordination?
  11. Do you have any plans after graduation?
  12. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  13. How do you spend your free time?
  14. What was the best day or experience you’ve ever had?
  15. What has been your biggest challenge or obstacle?
  16. What would you like to improve about yourself?
  17. Please elaborate on XXX written on your CV.

University of California San Francisco

  1. Why do you want to be a dentist?
  2. What dental technology was introduced in the past 5 years that you think will greatly impact us in the next 5 years?
  3. Why UCSF?
  4. Greatest accomplishment?
  5. Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
  6. Have you done research?  Tell me about it.

University of Colorado

  1. What do you enjoy doing during your spare time?
  2. If you could have dinner with anyone, who would you have dinner with?
  3. Why Colorado?
  4. Greatest accomplishment?
  5. What is the most difficult thing you have overcome?
  6. How do you manage stress?

University of Iowa

  1. If you owned your own private practice and a patient comes to you who is $200 in debt to you, would you still treat that patient?
    • What if they were $2000 in debt?
  2. Why Iowa?
  3. Strengths and weaknesses?
  4. There is a new item introduced for patients with a new chemical.  Other dentists have informed you that they have received a 30% increase in profit with this new item.  What would you do?
  5. Why do you want to be a dentist?
  6. What is the most difficult thing you have overcome?
  7. How would your friends describe you and how would your mom describe you?

University of Minnesota

  1. Give me a time when you faced an ethical dilemma.
  2. Tell us about a time when you had a lot of stress.
  3. Tell me about a time you were in a leadership position and how you handled it.

University of Missouri – Kansas City

  1. What is the difference between personal and professional ethics and provide me an example of a personal experience?
  2. Why do you want to be a dentist?
  3. What is the most difficult thing you have overcome?
  4. Greatest accomplishment?
  5. How will you pay for your dental tuition?
  6. Strengths and weaknesses?
  7. How do you manage stress?

Medicine

List of programs:

Atlantis Project

List of schools:

Duke University School of Medicine
Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
John A. Burns School of Medicine
John A. Burns School of Medicine Imi Ho’ola Program
John A. Burns School of Medicine MHIRT Program
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Mayo Medical School
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine

Atlantis Project

Interview Tips:

  1. It was a very “basic” interview.
  2. Look “presentable” from waist up (Skype Interview)
  3. Be prepared to answer questions regarding your application, e.g. essay questions.
  4. Sound excited/be yourself.
  5. Ask questions that you have regarding prices, expectations, locations, etc.

Duke University School of Medicine

  1. Professional sports athletes make much more money than Doctors, Scientist, and Engineers.  What do you think of this and what would you do about it?
  2. You married an individual with a different culture and language.  You and this person are having a child.  What would you do in terms of the child’s cultural and language education and why?
  3. An Olympic athlete discovered that the country that they will be competing in for the next Olympics has serious human rights issues.  Is the athlete responsible for speaking out against the human right issues?  What if speaking out leads the athlete to be banned from competition?

Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Type of interview: Individual semi-blind interview

Harvard Medical School

  1. Why do you want to be a doctor?
  2. What challenges do you expect in medicine?
  3. If you were the governor of Hawai`i, how would you reduce physician shortages in the outer islands?
  4. When did you become interested in education?  What do you think about education in K-12?

John A. Burns School of Medicine

Personal Information

  1. Why do you want to practice medicine/be a doctor?
  2. What kind of doctor do you want to be?
  3. Are you interested in returning to Hawaii to practice?
  4. Why did you choose __________ as your major/master’s program?
  5. When you’re in a leadership position what responsibilities do you take and how do you lead
  6. Tell me about a difficult situation you have had in a leadership position and how you handled it.
  7. What activities did you do in high school? In college? What activities or hobbies do you do now?
  8. How many credits do you usually take?
  9. What was your largest challenge in college?
  10. Tell me about yourself and your interest in medicine.
  11. Do you know anyone who is currently in medical school? Have you talked to any of them since they started?
  12. What is your most painful memory?
  13. What is your most pleasant memory?
  14. Do you think your parents did well raising you? How? Could they have done something differently?
  15. What is the farthest you have traveled?
  16. What was your favorite class? Least favorite?
  17. What is something about you that most people would find surprising?
  18. Do you play a musical instrument or do any sports?
  19. What do you do in your spare time?
  20. Why did you choose ______ for your undergraduate institution?
  21. Do you think that Hawai’i’s students should do undergraduate on the mainland?
  22. Why do you think that it is important to travel?
  23. What do your parents do?
  24. How did you choose the medical schools you applied to?
  25. Are you interviewing at other medical schools?
  26. How many times did you take your MCAT? Why?
  27. What is the benefit of the new MCAT?  If you have not taken the new MCAT, what did you do to fulfill the learning outcomes of the new MCAT?
  28. Of your mentors, who was the most influential and what is the best advice they have given to you?
  29. Explain your research experience.
  30. How do you think your unique background helped you get to this point?
  31. Medical school requires a lot of self-motivation. Is that a problem for you?
  32. If you have had any unique experiences please describe your experience.
  33. If you performed poorly in undergrad, explain why. Why will you do better at JABSOM?
  34. Have you been criticized by others? How did you take the feedback?
  35. What do you believe is evidence of learning?
  36. Have you ever coped with stressful situations in the past and how did you handle them?
  37. What extracurricular activities did you participate in and how did they help you to grow throughout your college journey?
  38. What kind of work and volunteer experiences do you have?
  39. Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses.
  40. Have you ever had to overcome any hardships and how?
  41. How do you relieve stress?
  42. What type of learning environment do you thrive in/is best for you?
  43. Have you had any opportunities to work collaboratively with others?
  44. Do you think of others before yourself? Provide examples.

School specific questions

  1. Why do you want to go to JABSOM?
  2. Why is JABSOM different from other schools?
  3. Do you have any concerns or see any drawbacks about coming to our school?
  4. What would you do if someone came in and said they didn’t want to be seen by any medical students as part of their care?
  5. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the JABSOM curriculum?
  6. Follow-up to the previous question: consider this situation, you are in a PBL group discussing a complication in the large bowl.  After the session, you and your teammates are assigned learning outcomes to research.  In the following session, your team presents the learning outcome, with the PBL session facilitated by a Ph.D. in Biochemistry.  What is the potential downsides of this?
  7. What do you think PBL (problem based learning) tutors do?
  8. How does JABSOMs curriculum compare to that of the other schools you are applying to?
  9. What do you think the benefits of PBL are?
  10. What do you think the downside to PBL is?
  11. Tell us what you know about this school.

On Being a Physician

  1. What are your thoughts regarding the future of healthcare?
  2. What are some qualities you think are important in order to be a physician?
  3. Tell me your thoughts about cultural competency.
  4. What would you do if you’re a resident and a newborn baby dies and the physician asks you “what did you do?!”
  5. What are some challenges of being a doctor?
  6. If you have 10 patients all in serious need of a treatment they can’t afford, but you are able to give it for free to half of them, who would you choose and why? 
  7. If a patient came in for an acute emergency and you were unable to discern their ethnic background, they could not choose a language they spoke from a language card, and you could not verbally communicate with them. How would you handle the situation?
  8. If you were a doctor and had to choose between giving a 50 year old drug addict an organ transplant or a 23 year old an organ transplant, who would you give it to?

Future Plans

  1. So, medical school applications is very competitive now.  I assume you didn’t put all of your eggs in one basket (i.e. you applied to more than one school)?
  2. If you don’t get into medical school, what are your plans moving forward?
  3. Why medicine and not another field that has similar authority like an APRN?
  4. Have you had exposure to and explored other areas in the health care field? What about other careers not related to the health care field?
  5. What does the ideal healthcare system look like to you?
  6. What are your thoughts regarding the future of healthcare?
  7. If you could sign a contract for your dream job tomorrow, to do for the next 20 years, what would it be?

JABSOM Imi Ho’ola Program

Type of interview: 2 traditional individual interviews with (doctors/faculty/MS4s) and 1 traditional interview with the program director.

  1. What challenges did you have on your path to medical school and how did you overcome them?
  2. Why is communication important?
  3. Why is teamwork important?
  4. What do you think about medicine now?
  5. What are your plans if you are denied admission?

JABSOM Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Program

Type of interview: Panel Interview

  1. Summarize your health disparity essay, and why that health disparity chosen is significant?
  2. What do you know about the countries chosen for the program? What health problems would you expect to see or possible research topic?
  3. Why do you want to go into research?

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Type of interview: Traditional individual interview

Mayo Medical School

  1. Give an example in your life where you saw gender or racial bias.  Describe how you overcame it.
  2. Describe a situation where you had to deal with someone challenging.  Describe how you overcame it.  

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Type of interview: Blind, unbiased Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) with a standard prompt. There are eight 8-minute interviews back to back.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Type of interview: One closed file interview by a current medical student and one open file interview by a faculty member.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

  1. Tell me what you know about this school.
  2. Explain your research experience.
  3. What should I say to the admissions committee about you?

Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

Type of interview: Two traditional individual interviews.

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Type of interview: Two traditional individual interviews.

Questions:

  • Why are you interested in osteopathic medicine?
  • How did you study for the MCAT?
  • Questions regarding application

University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

Type of interview: Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

University of Central Florida College of Medicine

  1. Suppose that you are a third year medical student and are working with a resident and a fellow.  During the patient rounds, the resident lied and said that he did the patient history, when in fact he didn’t.  What do you do?
  2. Suppose that you are a medical student.  Your attending is supposed to see a patient, but has to go to a meeting.  The attending asks you to do the patient interview for him.  What do you do?
  3. Here’s a statement: After the patient interview, the physician knows the diagnosis 40% of the time.  After the physical, the physician knows the diagnosis 50% of the time.  After the patient interview and physical, the physician knows the diagnosis about 90% of the time.  The physician then runs a test to confirm the diagnosis.  What do you think of this?

Weill Cornell Medicine

  1. During a thirty-minute interview: for every two-minutes, stop what you are saying and choose an adjective to describe what you are feeling.
  2. So, what do you think about the Canadian health system compared to the US health system?
  3. Suppose that you did a diagnostic test for a patient and confirmed the diagnosis for a life-threatening form of cancer.  According to the patient’s religion, he cannot be told about the diagnosis, otherwise, bad outcomes for his health will occur.  The patient tells you to convey all information about the diagnosis and treatment to their children.  What do you do?

 

Occupational/Physical Therapy

General Questions

List of Schools:

A.T. Still University
Belmount University
California State University, Long Beach
Campbell University
Champan University
Chatham University
Clarkson University
Concordia University Wisconsin
Emory University
George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions
Mercer University
Michigan University
Nova Southeastern University
Ohio University
Regis University
St. Francis University
University of Delaware
University of Indianapolis
University of Maryland, Baltimore
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of New England
University of the Pacific
University of St. Augustine
Upstate Medical University

General Questions

Questions About You

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What are your two best points?
  3. What are your two weakest points?
  4. What are three things you want to change about yourself?
  5. How do you handle conflict?
  6. Explain your leadership/research/volunteer experiences.
  7. What extracurricular activities are you engaged in?
  8. Which of your college courses interested you the most?
  9. What interests you outside of Occupational/Physical Therapy and getting into Occupational/Physical Therapy School?
  10. Where do you see yourself in five/ten years?
  11. What do you do in your spare time?
  12. Why did you choose the undergraduate school you went to, and if you could, would you do anything differently?
  13. What do you do to relieve stress?
  14. What course was most academically challenging for you?
  15. What life experiences have made you a better person?

Questions About Your Occupational/Physical Therapy School Goals

  1. Why do you want to be an Occupational/Physical Therapist?
  2. When did you decide Occupational/Physical Therapy was a good career choice for you? 
  3. What steps have you taken to confirm that you want to be an Occupational/Physical Therapist?
  4. What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good Occupational/Physical Therapist?
  5. What opportunities have you had to observe an Occupational/Physical Therapist?
  6. How will you handle the stress of Occupational/Physical Therapy school?
  7. Outside of Occupational/Physical Therapy school, did you ever consider any other health profession?
  8. Why do you believe you have the ability to undertake the study and work involved in Occupational/Physical Therapy school?
  9. Explain the role of an Occupational/Physical Therapist.
  10. What did you like/dislike about the Occupational/Physical Therapy offices you have observed?
  11. What would you like to do if you are not accepted into Occupational/Physical Therapy school?
  12. What steps have you taken to acquaint yourself with the role of an Occupational/Physical Therapist?
  13. What aspects of your life experiences do you think makes you a good candidate for Occupational/Physical Therapy school?
  14. There are many specializations in Occupational/Physical Therapy, which specializations are you more interested in and why?

 Questions About Occupational/Physical Therapy Program

  1. Why do you want to attend this Occupational/Physical Therapy program?
  2. How are you a match for this Occupational/Physical Therapy program?
  3. Describe your method of learning.  How does this fit with the Occupational/Physical Therapy program?
  4. What schools did you apply to and why?
  5. What do you look for in a good Occupational/Physical Therapy program?
  6. Why do you want to go to school here?
  7. Why should this Occupational/Physical Therapy program choose you over other candidates?

Current Issue/Scenario Questions

  1. If you walked into a hospital room to work with a patient and they wanted to wait until a TV program was over, how would you handle the situation?
  2. You have a patient whose English stills needs some improvement and you do not speak their language, how do you overcome the language barrier to assist them with their needs?
  3. Provide an example of a time that you had to make an ethical decision. What was the situation and what did you do?

A.T. Still University

Type of Interview: Open file interview. May be over the phone or in-person, 30 minute interview with a faculty member or department chair.

Additional Information: Understand the difference between MD’s and DO’s because they use the whole person healthcare approach in all of their programs, including PT. Do not mention occupational therapy because that is a different field.

  1. Tell me about a positive experience you had working in PT, a negative one, and an area you have no experience in but would like to

Belmount University

Type of Interview: Closed file one-on-one interview with a faculty member.

Additional Information: The faculty member will be looking for interpersonal skills, ability to think on one’s feet, and how one would fit into their program and in the clinic.

California State University, Long Beach

Does not conduct interviews.

Campbell University

Type of Interview: Two open file two-on-one interview session, one with two faculty members and one with two clinicians

Additional information: Expect questions about your understanding of PT.

  1. Tell me about a time when you struggled academically and what did you do to overcome this?
  2. Tell me about a time when you recognized a bias. What was it and what did you learn from it?
  3. Why Campbell Physical Therapy?
  4. Why are you interested in PT?

Chapman

Does not conduct interviews.

Chatham University

Type of Interview: 4 components to interview day. First interview with a faculty member and alumni. Second, interviewees tour the facilities with first-year students. Third component is a writing portion; 50 minutes to answer a few essay questions. Final component is PBL practice.

Clarkson University

Does not conduct interviews.

Concordia University Wisconsin

Type of Interview: Open file individual interview

Emory University

Type of Interview: Group interview with 2 faculty members and 3-4 applicants.

Additional Information: Interviewers want to see how applicants relate to others.

George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Type of Interview: Two interview sessions. First session is with one faculty member and 4 applicants. The second session is a one-on-one interview with a faculty member.

  1. Describe a time when you were in a dysfunctional team. What were the problems and how was the dysfunction resolved?
  2. What would you do if the patient of another PT approached you and asked to switch to be your patient?
  3. Have you ever had a mentor in your life and in what ways did they mentor you?
  4. What brings you to George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences?

Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions

Only conducts interviews for early decision applicants.

Mercer University

Type of Interview: Individual, group, and panel. The panel interview is with current students.

Additional Information: Interviewers will be able to access grades and personal statements.

Michigan University

Does not conduct interviews.

Nova Southeastern University

Does not conduct interviews unless they feel it is necessary for an applicant.

Ohio University

Type of Interview: 15 minute one-on-one with a faculty member.

Additional Information: Interviews typically held in November.

Regis University

Type of Interview: Interviewed by faculty members.

St. Francis University

Does not conduct interviews.

University of Deleware

Type of Interview: 15-20 minute one-on-one with a faculty member and a group observation.

University of Indianapolis

Type of Interview: 2 one-on-one interviews.

University of Maryland, Baltimore

Type of Interview: Group interview with four applicants and one staff member.

  1. Introduce yourself and how you came to be interested in Physical Therapy.
  2. Why are you interested in the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)?
  3. Look at the person on your left. If there is one spot left open in this program, why should they get this spot?
  4. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Type of Interview: Open file interview by one current faulty member and one alumni.

Additional Information: Be well prepared to reflect upon your abilities and experiences. Emphasize passion and commitment to learning more about the profession.

University of New England

Type of Interview: One-on-one interviews with a faculty member.

 University of the Pacific

Type of Interview: Panel interview – one interview with a committee.

Additional Information: Interview duration is 2 hours. Applicants will be invited over the phone. Interviews take place during the Spring semester.

University of St. Augustine

Type of Interview: Group interview with 2-4 individuals in each room. Interviewees return to a large room for further questions.

Upstate Medical University

Type of Interview: MMI interviews. Interviews are blind, so interviewers only know applicants’ names.

 

Optometry

General Questions

List of Schools:

UC Berkeley School of Optometry
Illinois College of Optometry (ICO)
Indiana University School of Optometry
Michigan College of Optometry
Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO)
Western University College of Optometry (WUCO)

General Questions

Questions About You

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What are your two best points?
  3. What are your two weakest points?
  4. What are three things you want to change about yourself?
  5. How do you handle conflict?
  6. Explain your leadership/research/volunteer experiences.
  7. What extracurricular activities are you engaged in?
  8. Which of your college courses interested you the most?
  9. What interests you outside of optometry and getting into optometry school?
  10. Where do you see yourself in five/ten years?
  11. What do you do in your spare time?
  12. Why did you choose the undergraduate school you went to, and if you could, would you do anything differently?
  13. What do you do to relieve stress?
  14. What course was most academically challenging for you?
  15. If you could pick any three people to have dinner with, who would they be and why did you pick them?
  16. Who are the three most influential people in your life?

Questions About Your Optometry School Goals

  1. Why do you want to be an optometrist?
  2. When did you decide optometry was a good career choice for you? 
  3. What steps have you taken to confirm that you want to be an optometrist?
  4. What do you think being an optometrist entails, apart from treating patients?
  5. What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good optometrist?
  6. What will you be doing in optometry 10 years from now?
  7. What did you do to prepare for the DAT?
  8. What optometry procedures have you seen?
  9. How will you handle the stress of optometry school?
  10. What do you think will be your greatest challenge in completing optometry school?
  11. Why do you believe you have the ability to undertake the study and work involved in optometry school?
  12. What branch of optometry do you think would interest you? Why?
  13. Does your family support your decision to become an optometrist?
  14. What did you like/dislike about the optometry offices you have observed?
  15. What would you like to do if you are not accepted into optometry school?
  16. What steps have you taken to acquaint yourself with what an optometrist does?
  17. How do you think your role as an optometrist fits in with your role as a member of the community?
  18. Is optometry a rewarding experience?
  19. What aspects of your life experiences do you think makes you a good candidate for optometry school?
  20. If you are accepted into two optometry schools of your top choice, what would you do to make up your mind?
  21. Can compassion be taught and do you need it to be a successful optometrist?

 Questions About Optometry School

  1. Why do you want to attend [Optometry School Name]? How are you a match for [Optometry School Name]?
  2. Describe your method of learning. How does this fit with [Optometry School Name]?
  3. What schools did you apply to and why?
  4. What do you look for in a good optometry school?
  5. Why do you want to go to school here?
  6. Why should [Optometry School Name] choose you over other candidates?

Current Issue/Scenario Questions

  1. What do you think about the specialization of optometry?
  2. What do you think is the most pressing issue in optometry today?
  3. One day, an optometry school classmate gives you a sheet containing questions for an upcoming exam. How would you handle the situation and what issues would you consider important in coming to a decision about what to do?
  4. Name a situation where you had to make an ethical decision.  What did you do?
  5. Tell me a time when you witnessed dishonesty and what did you do?
  6. What are the responsibilities of an optometrist to a patient?
  7. What do you think about the health care system and which way should it go?
  8. What do you think are the biggest problems with health care in the United States today?
  9. You enter an exam room to see an elderly patient, and they refuses to remove their glasses during the exam. How would you handle the situation?
  10. You have a patient whose English skills need some improvement, and you do not speak their language. How do you overcome the language barrier when determining their vision?

UC Berkeley School of Optometry 

Type of Interview: Traditional interview with a faculty member and 3rd year student, MMI with one faculty member and one 3rd year student separately, timed writing sample.

  1. Why did you chose optometry?
  2. Why are you interested in UC Berkeley?

Additional Information: There is an on-site writing sample requirement on the interview day (a “pop” essay). The interview is given the same weight as other application components (i.e. OAT scores, GPA)

Illinois College of Optometry (ICO)

  1. Why did you choose optometry?
  2. Why do you feel you are prepared to start ICO’s program?
  3. Why do you want to attend ICO?

Additional Information: Look over the ICO curriculum beforehand and think of questions for the school. If you have shadowing experience, you may be asked about the types of tests the optometrists you shadowed performed and why they performed these tests.

Indiana University School of Optometry

Additional Information: No personal interview, applicants participate in a 5-hour admissions day instead. They want to see how you interact with others socially.

Michigan College of Optometry

Type of Interview: 30-45 minute interview with a three-member panel.

Additional Information: Interview day also includes a student-led tour, a one-on-one session with a current student where you have a chance to ask them questions, and refreshments with students and faculty members.

Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO)

Type of Interview: One-on-one with a faculty member for about 45 minutes.

  1. Why did you choose optometry?
  2. Tell me about your volunteering and leadership experiences.
  3. Why are you applying to SCCO?
  4. How is optometry related to primary care?
  5. What does professionalism mean to you?
  6. Tell me about a time you experienced an ethical challenge when working with patients. 
  7. What are the specialties of optometry?

Additional InformationYou are expected to conduct at least basic research into the program before being interviewed.

Western University College of Optometry (WUCO)

  1. Why did you chose optometry?
  2. Tell me about your volunteer experience. 
  3. Tell me about your leadership experience.
  4. Tell me about a time in your life when things didn’t work out the way you wanted them to,  how did your manage?
  5. Tell me about a time you had to overcome a challenge.

Additional Information: Interviewers are looking for communication skills, professionalism, and personality fit.

Pharmacy

List of Schools:

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Appalachian College of Pharmacy
Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy
Belmont University
Chapman University School of Pharmacy
Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Midwestern University
Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences
Oregon Health & Science University
Oregon State University
Regis University Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions
Temple University School of Pharmacy
The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy
University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of California, San Francisco
University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
University of South Florida Health College of Pharmacy
University of Texas at Tyler: Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy
Washington State University College of Pharmacy
Western University of Health Sciences

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Type of Interview: Interview with two faculty or staff from the College for about 20 minutes.

Additional Information: This interview would be a discussion to get to know you and ask about any previous experience in healthcare or pharmacy, and your interest in ACPHS. The interviewers do not have access to your admission application, but students may provide them with a CV or resume.

Appalachian College of Pharmacy

Type of Interview: Interview with two students and two faculty or preceptors for both an average of 10-15 minutes. Closed format interview.

Additional Information: This is a laid back interview, and the goal is to know why you chose the pharmacy profession.

Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy

Type of Interview: One faculty member and one student simultaneously.

Additional Information: Learn about the school. Know about the profession and what may be going on that could affect it. Ask questions about the program or curriculum as well as preparation for either going into the workforce or residency.  

Belmont University

Type of Interview: Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI): 3 interviews, 12 minutes each. Open file interview and writing sample.

Questions:

  1. Why did you want to come to Belmont?
  2. Why did you choose pharmacy?
  3. What are some strengths and weaknesses?

Chapman University School of Pharmacy

Information: Learn as much as you can about the pharmacy profession; treat it like a job interview regarding preparation. It is okay if you do not have experience in the field, but being knowledgeable about the profession speaks volumes to faculty.

Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Type of Interview: Closed-file Interview. One interview with two faculty members for about 30 minutes.

Additional Information: The interview serves more as an opportunity for the faculty to get to know each applicant. It is not meant to feel like or to be an interrogation.

Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy

Type of Interview: 30 minute closed-file interview. In-person or Skype with a DKICP faculty member and staff member simultaneously.

Questions:

  1. Why Pharmacy? Why Hilo?
  2. Tell me about your experience in Pharmacy, what have you done to prepare yourself?
  3. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  4. What is a current issue in pharmacy? How would you address this issue?
  5. What is the process you go through to make a big decision? Can you give us an example?
  6. What traits do you possess that will make you a great pharmacist?
  7. What is your favorite book, TV Show, or Movie?
  8. What is professionalism to you?
  9. Tell me about a time you encountered a clash with someone having a different cultural background/morals and values than you. How did you handle the situation?
  10. What qualities should a pharmacist have and how have you displayed those qualities?
  11. If there was only 1 spot left, why should we choose you?
  12. What would you do if you did not get into Pharmacy School?
  13. What would you do if you saw a student cheating on an exam?
  14. If you were accepted to your top 2 schools, how would you decide on which school to attend?
  15. What is a current issue in pharmacy or medicine that you feel strongly about?
  16. If you could be an animal/plant/flower/musical instrument, what would you be and why?
  17. What is your favorite book and why?
  18. What do you like to do in your free time?
  19. What time period would you like to live in and why?
  20. If you could have lunch with any fictional character, who would it be and why?
  21. If you could be a drug, what drug would you be and why?
  22. Do you think you will be able to acclimate to living in Hilo, Hawaii?
  23. If a patient wanted a drug that conflicted with your beliefs/morals, what would you do?
  24. What is your approach to making important decisions?
  25. If you were a pharmacy manager and a coworker didn’t do his/her work, what would you do and how would you handle the situation?
  26. What was the hardest decision that you had to make?
  27. Do you have any questions for me?

Additional Information: Prepare by doing some research. DKICP’s requirement for cultural diversity courses are generally met by classes such as: World History, World Religions, World Literature, Geography of World Regions, Cultural Anthropology, or generally, a class which exposes the student to different cultures and lifestyles. For the Humanities prerequisite, classes in the following disciplines such as Art, Linguistics, Communication, Performing Arts, English, Philosophy, Ethics, Hawaiian Studies, Indigenous Studies, Religious Studies, and Foreign Languages will satisfy the requirement. You may send a copy of your transcript to pharmacy@hawaii.edu if you would like DKICP to review your coursework.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)

Type of Interview: Individual and group interview. The interviewers will not see your admissions file.

Additional Information: There will be a written essay component to the interview.

Midwestern University

Type of Interview: 20 minute closed file interview with a panel. Panel consists of two faculty members and one 3rd year student. They will only be provided with your resume and personal statement.  

Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences

Type of Interview: Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI).

Oregon Health & Science University

Type of Interview: MMI (Multiple Mini Interviews). Four different interviewers for 7 minutes each.

Additional Information: You will be asked to complete a writing sample for 15 minutes that day, which assess how candidates can write on demand. Show your strengths rather than highlight weaknesses.

Oregon State University

Type of Interview: Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI): 4 short interviews with faculty for seven minutes each. You will be given 3 minutes to read a scenario and a question posted outside the door of the interview location prior to the actual 7 minute interview.

Additional Information: You will also participate in a group activity with other applicants and current pharmacy students. This is a fun and worry-free activity.

Regis University Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Type of Interview: Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI). You will be given a piece of paper with a discussion topic such as a question of scenario. You will have 2 minutes to review it. Then, the interviewer will come in and will have a 6-minute conversation with you around the topic. The interviewer may be a student, faculty member, or community members.  

Additional Information: In addition to the interview, you will also be asked to complete a written exercise. Prepare by familiarizing with the school, mission, and the school of pharmacy.  Ask questions.

Temple University School of Pharmacy

Type of Interview: Interview committee of 5 candidates and 2 faculty members for a 1-hour duration.

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

Type of Interview: 15-minute interview.

Questions:

  1. Why do you want to be a pharmacist?
  2. What qualities in a pharmacy school are you looking for?

Additional Information: The interview is not to quiz you about drug information but a way to get to know you.

University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Type of Interview: One interview with a faculty and student together for about 30 minutes.

Information: There will also be an on-site essay.

University of California, San Francisco

Type of Interview: Six Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI), each with a duration of 6 minutes. Interviewers are provided with portions of your application, such as your letter of intent and essay responses. However, they do not have access to you GPA.

Information: For more information about the University of California, San Francisco’s interview process, please visit their Application Process page.

University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Type of Interview: 20 minute faculty interview, 20 minute student interview, and 50 minute writing exercise.

Additional Information: The faculty interviewers will only have your resume and nothing else.  

University of South Florida Health College of Pharmacy

Type of Interview: MMI (Multiple Mini Interviews).

University of Texas at Tyler: Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy

Type of Interview: Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI). You will also partipate in a Team-Based Learning (TBL) session, complete a math and writing assignment, go on a campus tour, and participate in a Q&A session with Dean Brunner and the Office of Student Affairs.

Additional Information: For more information about the interview process and what to expect, please visit the University of Texas at Tyler: Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy’s Interview Day Information website.

Washington State University College of Pharmacy

Type of Interview: 30 minute closed-file interview with a faculty member and student ambassador.

Western University of Health Sciences

Type of Interview: Closed file interview with one faculty member and one current student simultaneously for 25-30 minutes.

Information: On the day of the interview, students will not only have an interview but also a writing sample and internal assessment (IA) exam.  The IA exam is administered in the morning for a 4-hour duration.  Only applicants selected for the interview and IA exam will be required to purchase the IA study guide.  The interview and written essay are conducted in the afternoon of the same day.  You are allotted 40 minutes for the written sample on a random topic.

 

Physician Assistant

General Questions

List of Schools:

A.T. Still University
Butler University
Harding University
Idaho State University
Oregon Health & Science University
University of Charleston

General Questions

by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)

  1. Why do you want to be a PA?

Additional Information: Students can check Andrew Rodican’s book and physicianassistantforum.com for example interview questions.

A.T. Still University

Type of Interview: Eight Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) sessions

Questions:

  1. What intrigues you the most about being a PA?
  2. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
  3. Did you want to discuss any academic hurdles you have made in the past?

Additional Information: Generally, the questions will include those pertaining to the PA profession, character, and academic questions. Prepare for the MMI stations with scenario-based situations with standardized patients.

Butler University

Type of Interview: Modified Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) with a variety of interview opportunities.

Additional Information: College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences faculty, staff, alumni, active preceptors, and/or community based PAs evaluate candidates during the on-campus interview. Candidates invited to interview on-campus will have multiple interactions. Candidates will complete a series of stations that are generally task-oriented or interview-based. The stations are designed to assess candidates for characteristics necessary to be successful within this Program and/or discernment to the PA profession. Candidates are ranked based on their cumulative scores from station evaluators.

Harding University

Type of Interview: One-on-one interview with two different faculty members, a small group setting to discuss an ethical case, and time with current students. There are no Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI).

Additional Information: The faculty members want to spend time to get to know you, not the rehearsed you.

Idaho State University

Type of Interview: Three 15 minute one-on-one interviews with three different faculty members, a visit with current students, an observation of a portion of a lecture, and lunch with current students and interviewers. Total interview format is approximately 3 hours.

Additional Information: Each interviewer covers a topic: ethical dilemma, communication and fit, altruism and role of a PA. Questions are centered on these topics.

Oregon Health & Science University

Type of Interview: Combination of group, individual, and Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) format.

Additional Information: 14-16 candidates will interview on a given day. Candidates will be given the opportunity to sit in on a lecture, have lunch with current students, tour the campus, and receive a detailed overview of the curriculum.

Tips: Be yourself throughout the interview day. The committee wants to see you and what you have to offer as a future student and graduate of the program.

University of Charleston

Type of Interview: Mix of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) and group interview.

Questions: Faculty choose questions that make you think critically and stand out. Examples may be questions not specifically medically related and also more of the expected interview questions.

Veterinary Medicine

List of Schools:

Western University College of Veterinary Medicine

Western University College of Veterinary Medicine

Questions: 

1. How did you prepare for the interview?
2. Tell me about a colleague you got along with or didn’t get along with.
3. Tell me about a time when you worked with a group that had conflicting ideas.
4. Tell me about a time when you had the worse day.