Now that interview season is over, I’ve had some time to reflect on my interviews as I try to formulate my rank list. I decided that it would be helpful to compile a list of “difficult” questions I was asked on the interview trail, so that it may help any future applicants. A lot of these questions are behavioral and are designed for the interviewee to be relatively unprepared so that they can give a candid answer. I figured I’d write them down so that you have a vague idea of what to say if you’re ever asked them!
- Who is your role model? Why?
- Discuss a time you were struggling and how you approached the situation.
- Talk about a patient that had an impact on you.
- If you could go back to medical school and change something, what would you change?
- What are you proud of?
- Describe a time you were right about a situation but everyone else wouldn’t listen to you.
- Name a time you were in conflict with a colleague and how you resolved it.
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
- If I had to present your strengths to the committee, what would you say are your strengths?
Don’t let these questions freak you out about the interview process. Most internal medicine interviews are laid back and conversational. I would say that these questions are in the minority. That being said, I think it’s good to have a general idea of what you’re going to say if you were asked these questions!