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50 Medicine Personal Statement Interview Questions

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Work experience and preparation for career questions

  1. Of the work experience placements mentioned in your personal statement, which would you regard as the most insightful?
  2. In your personal statement you have referenced different types of experiences. Which do you think is most useful for medical students: shadowing experience or experience working in other caring professions such as providing care, support and services to others?
  3. If you could relive one experience outlined in your personal statement which would it be and why?
  4. Outline from your personal statement what you have done to prepare yourself for a career in Medicine?
  5. Which life experiences mentioned on your personal statement do you think may best help you in your career in medicine?
  6. Choose a book/ medical publication/ research project referenced in your personal statement. Tell me about what you learnt engaging with this resource. Why it was interesting?
  7. From the work experience placements mentioned in your personal statement which did you enjoy the most and why?
  8. From the work experience placements mentioned in your personal statement which did you find the most challenging and why?
  9. From the work experience placements mentioned in your personal statement, tell me about a time you observed challenges facing NHS staff.
  10. From your work experience placements mentioned in your personal statement. What have you learnt about the importance of teamwork and about successful teamworking?
  11. Tell me about a patient you observed being treated on your work experience. What interested you about this patient? How did you reflect on their case/find out more about their condition/ circumstances?
  12. Tell me how you reflected on the work experience placements mentioned in your personal statement.
  13. From your personal statement outline an example of when you saw effective care being delivered.
  14. From your personal statement, talk me through a work experience placement where you were most impressed by a doctor and why. What skills and attributes did the doctor use/ possess?
  15. Tell me about an experience from your personal statement that challenged your preconceptions of a career in medicine.
  16. Reflecting on work experience placements written about in your personal statement, what elements of hospital operations or in health care environments would you organise differently. Why?
  17. Why do you think we ask students to talk about work experience placements in their personal statement?
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Motivation and understanding of medicine

  1. From your personal statement what is your single top motivation to study medicine?
  2. Of the experiences mentioned in your personal statement which most motivated you to study medicine?
  3. In your personal statement you outlined that medicine was a challenging career. Why do you still want to study medicine and how will you manage these challenges?

Personality

  1. From your personal statement explain in detail how you have shown you are a suitable candidate to study medicine.
  2. Choose and explain an experience from your personal statement that best give me a sense of you as a person.
  3. If there was one additional thing that you could mention in your personal statement what would it be?
  4. Summarise the key points from your personal statement in 2 minutes.
  5. Explain in depth an achievement/ placement/ experience from your personal statement which shows you are a team player.
  6. Explain in depth an achievement/ placement/ experience from your personal statement which shows you are a good communicator.
  7. From your personal statement expand on an experience which provides evidence that you have a caring nature and are committed to supporting the community.
  8. Thinking of example from your personal statemen, how would you assess your empathy skills? Rate them out of 10.
  9. What from your personal statement will make you “successful”? In your opinion how do you define “success”?
  10. Tell me about a time mentioned in your personal statement that you showed the ability to take responsibility for your own actions.
  11. Tell me about a time mentioned in your personal statement that showed you can problem solve.
  12. Tell me about a time mentioned in your personal statement when you decided to go against the guidance of a superior (teacher, boss, parent). Explain the situation and why you made the choices you did.
  13. Tell me about a time mentioned in your personal statement that exposed you to having to deal with conflict.
  14. Tell me about a time mentioned in your personal statement that allowed you to demonstrate adaptability.
  15. Tell me about a time mentioned in your personal statement that gave you an insight into your biggest strength.
  16. Tell me about a life experiences from your personal statement that my help or hinder you in a career in medicine.
  17. Using an example from your personal statement talk about an experience/ time when you showed weakness.
  18. From the experiences mentioned in your personal statement which did you find the most stressful? How did you manage the stress?
  19. If you could re-live one experience outlined in your personal statement which would it be. Why?
  20. Imagine you have taken a gap year to gain more experience and develop skills. What would you be writing about in your personal statement for an application in October?
  21. Suppose you are asked to give advice to year 12s about what content they should include in a medical personal statement. What do you think the most important elements are and why?
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Skills

  1. Of the skills you have mentioned in your personal statement, which will be the most useful for you as a doctor?
  2. From your personal statement what are your top 3 skills?

Achievements/ hobbies and interests

  1. Tell me about a hobby you engage with mentioned in your personal statement. Why do you do / enjoy this?
  2. Are there any new activities that you haven’t mentioned in your personal statement you would like to take up if you came to our university? What is your understanding of the societies on offer at this university?
  3. Which of your hobbies and interests mentioned on your personal statement will compliment you the most at university?
  4. What achievement/ experiences on your personal statement show you have the intellectual skill and academic ability to cope in medicine?
  5. After you submitted your personal statement did you carry on with your hobbies/ attending your long-term volunteering placements?
  6. What relevance to medicine are the academic achievements you have gained other than your GCSE and a- level studies?
  7. From your personal statement which experiences/ achievements will be the most useful – those improving your emotional or academic intelligence?

50 Medicine Personal Statement Interview Questions

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