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Work Experience Questions

Below is a selection of Medical School interview questions on the theme of ‘Work Experience’.

The answer guides have been put together by medics who have successfully navigated interviews at top Medical Schools.

Remember, though, that an interview is about an individual, so there are no hard and fast rules. The answer guides are only examples and are not exhaustive. They should be used to stimulate your thinking — not repeated verbatim at your interview.


What Medical work experience have you carried out?

Work experience: what did you learn from your work experience?
Work experience: what did you learn from your work experience?

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What did you learn from your work experience?

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From your work experience, can you tell me about a difficult situation you observed/had to deal with and what you learnt from this?

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What qualities did you learn are important from the doctors and nurses during your work experience?

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What aspect of your work experience did you find the most challenging/difficult and why?

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What did you like most about the work experience you undertook?

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Why do you think we ask candidates to undertake work experience?

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Reflecting on your work experience, what event, if any, changed your views on modern medicine?

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Give an example of an interaction between a doctor or nurse and a patient that you observed during your work experience. What skills did you find to be important for this type of communication?

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During your work experience, did you learn or see anything that did not appeal to you about being a doctor?

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Can you recall a time during your work experience where you were able to demonstrate empathy?

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During your work experience/shadowing, what three skills did you observe and could you rank their importance?

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How did your work experience help you confirm your desire to pursue a career in medicine?

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