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Residency Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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Who in your life mentors, or inspires you?

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List of 39 Residency Interview Questions & Answers

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    Who in your life mentors, or inspires you?

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    Tell us about the most interesting case you were exposed to while attending medical school.

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    What drives your passion for a career in medicine?

  4. 4.

    Tell me about yourself.

  5. 5.

    Would you have any trouble working with a religiously affiliated hospital or medical facility?

  6. 6.

    If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?

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    Are you applying for any other jobs?

  8. 8.

    What types of activities keep you busy, outside of work?

  9. 9.

    What are your strengths?

  10. 10.

    How would you like to see the delivery of healthcare evolve?

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    Describe your personality to us in 3 words.

  12. 12.

    How do you invest in your personal development?

  13. 13.

    What would you do if you witnessed a fellow resident acting unethically?

  14. 14.

    Have you completed all ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) requirements, to start a residency?

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    When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

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    What is your personal mission statement?

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    What book are you currently reading?

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    How do you stay on top of trends and changes in the medical industry?

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    If being a Physician was not an option, what career path would you choose?

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    What is your opinion on socialized health care versus privatized health care?

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    Are you willing to relocate for your residency?

  22. 22.

    Competition for this space is strong. What makes you a stand-out resident for our program?

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    What are your plans, after completing our residency program?

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    While attending medical school, what fascinated you most about your cadaver?

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    While attending medical school, what was your favorite course? Why?

  26. 26.

    All of our residency program candidates must pass a criminal record check and education verification. Is there any reason why you would not be comfortable with this?

  27. 27.

    Who has inspired you in your life and why?

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    What are you reading right now?

  29. 29.

    Do you have any questions for me?

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    How do you handle stress on the job?

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    What do you wish to gain through this residency program?

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    Why did you choose your particular specialty?

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    What do you see as the biggest difference between the U.S healthcare system and that of another developed country?

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    We would like to know you on a more personal level. Outside of medicine, what are your interests?

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    Are you applying to any other residency programs?

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    How do you express your opinions on controversial topics such as abortion, euthanasia, and cloning?

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    Being a Physician is an incredibly stressful and demanding career. How do you manage high amounts of stress?

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    Is there anything we haven't covered that you would like to ask?

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    What do you believe is the greatest challenge your specialty will face in the next few years?