Interview Questions – do you have the answer?

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• How are you (pay attention to this one)?

• Tell me about yourself (don't ramble, start with present and tell why you are well qualified for the position; score some points by matching YOUR skills/strengths with program emphasis)?

• Why are you interested in this specialty?

• What do you see as the negative and positive features of this specialty?

• What problems do you think the specialty faces?

• Tell me about yourself

• What are your career goals?

• Where do you see yourself 3 (4/5 depending on specialty) years from now?

• Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

• Are you interested in academic or in clinical medicine?

• Do you plan to do a fellowship?

• What if you don't match?

• What are your strengths/weaknesses?

• What other specialties did you consider?

• Why are you interested in our program?

• What are you looking for in a program?

• Where else have you interviewed?

• Why should we choose you?

• Tell me about this item on your C.V

• Why did you leave your country?

• You were practicing OBGYN/ENT, etc. in your home country, why did you choose IM/FM/PSY? Will you be happy with your choice?

• Your last position in your home country was so-and-so. Would you be comfortable in a role of an intern?

• What do you think about managed care and role of insurance companies in the healthcare delivery?

• Do you have any research experience?

• Do you want to do research?

• What do you think about the current and future state of health care/specialty/type of treatment, etc.?

• What differences do you see between the health care system in US and your country?

• Present an interesting case that you had

• How do you make important decisions?

• Are you prepared for the difficulties of residency?

• Is your husband/wife/children willing to relocate with you?

• How do you handle stress?

• How do you handle conflicts?

• Can you work under pressure?

• What makes you angry?

• What do you do at your spare time?

• How do you unwind?

• If you had to change the whole US healthcare system, what would you start with?

• What good books have you read lately?

• Teach me something non-medical in 5 minutes

• What do you think about (any non-medical topic, current event, etc.)?

• Tell me a joke

• Can you explain what have you been doing since 2XXX to 2XXX (based on your C.V.)

• Do you have any explanations why did you have to take USMLE Step 1,2 more than once?

• Why are your scores a bit below average?

• What questions do you have?