Interview Question Bank

sparky21

Welsh Moderator
My interview was last January and these are the questions I had:

Have you enjoyed you degree so far?
What have you got from it?
What is your 3rd year project about?
Why Cardiff?
What did you do on work experience at hospital?
What work do you do in the community? (questions around this subject)
I see you've attended the course at Nottingham (medlink) what did you get out of that?
What team building skills did you do (at medlink)?
you like motor racing (I follow F1)? tell me about that... (questioning around that)
what country would you like to go to most? (personal statement)
Why is your email address as it is? (hmmmm weird question but I wasn't going to quibble!.. mine is a bit weird though... my nickname at school...)
would I get a 2i in my degree? was I confident of getting one?
And how would I finance myself as it was my 2nd degree?
any q's?

I found it quite nice, and the panel were lovely. Consequently - here I am!

Best of luck to you!

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hipponax

New Member
I had the following as was a grad

Why Cardiff?
Do you still sing / write music
Could you perform an abortion and if not what would you do
Do you think mapping the human genome is a good idea
How is playing rugby any use to this med school
Tell me about your travels abroad
What do you think of the NHS bed crisis?
And basically lots and lots of general questions about what I thought about life and how was I going to fund the degree
 

Monaligo

New Member
How did you first hear about the university?
Why a Dr. and not a nurse?
Do you know what the field is really like, besides the 'romantic' view of helping people? :evil:
Do you read any magazines/newspapers related to health issues?
What things did you find surprising upon living in the UK? (cuz I'm an international student).
What did you do to prove to yourself that you have the right idea of doctors' lives?
What would you do if you were the Minister of Health in the UK? In your country?
How are children in the UK different from children in your country? (Cuz I mentioned that I worked in a nursery.)
Any recent health-related news that caught your attention?
Did anyone try to put you down when you've decided to study medicine?

They asked a couple of questions about cloning and antibiotics, but that was only because I brought them up first. :)
 

Fizzwizz

Technical Administrator
Do you like Swansea?
What do you like about it?
What do you do to relax?
Can you work in a team?
Give me an example of where you work in a team.
What makes a good doctor?
If a patient died due to your negligence how would you cope?
Give me a current medical issue you find interesting and explain why?
Why do people in aeroplanes suffer from Deep Vein Thrombosis from being still in one position, yet this doesn't affect people when they are asleep despite being in the same position for hours?
Why medicine now? (I'm a mature student)
Is it important to be honest?
Why?
Under what circumsances would it be acceptable to lie?
What do you want to specialise in?
Why?
How would I make a patient feel less scared?
 

zay

New Member
If you could be anyone from history, who would you be? Why?

Tell me about one particular patient you have worked with, what did you learn about them?

Those were the two that took me by surprise a bit- not sure how well i covered myself :? The rest were obvious ones to be expected or stuff from my ucas form.
 

Fizzwizz

Technical Administrator
DVT can be caused by restricting the flow of venus blood. When lying down there is no restriction to blood fllow, but when limbs are bent there is restriction that can develop into a thrombosis (clot). This is because blood clots under two conditions. !) when exposed to air. 2) when acted on mechanically. It is the mechanical action on the blood caused by restriction in its flow that caused the thrombosis. Much like the clot that occurs in the heart during a Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction)
 
just had my cardff interview,

1. why medicine?
2. in your personal statement you mention attending ethics conferences, can you give me an exaple of an ethical issue you encountered during your work experience?
3. what are your views on euthanasia?
4. have you kept up to date with the problems with euthanasia in holland?5. tell me more about your work experience
6. Has the study of sign language helped you to communicate with non-deaf people?
7. How did you arrange your voluntary work in zambia? tell me more about it
8. What can you tell me about AIDS in africa?
9. What have you learnt from your voluntary work?
10. you call yourself a 'natural leader', what exactly is an unnatural leader?
11. Do you have any questions?

So nothing too difficult, but it seemed as if they couldnt wait to get me out of the room again, they kept glancing at their watches and sighing. eek!
 

Gray

New Member
Had my interview on 2nd March.

Did you get over to Cardiff all right? (as I was coming from Belfast)
What do you think of Cardiff so far?
Have you ever been before?
Why are you studying History?
What makes a good doctor?
Do you think a doctor's enthusiasm wanes over time?
How would you cope with a patient dying?
How do you relax?
Do doctors always get it right?
Have you discussed any medical issues in your Debating Society or Newspaper?
"We're not interested in your personal views on medical ethical issues but what do you think is important when dealing with medical ethical issues?"
Give an example of when you worked in a team and when you worked as a team leader.
Did anyone during your work experience inspire you?
Did anyone try to put you off doing medicine?
What will you do if your application is unsuccessful?

Now that I've written them all down they look like loads, but it didn't feel like it at the time. I was in for over 20 minutes, so I hope that's a good sign.
 

C-Trax

New Member
My interview at Cardiff was odd, I felt like I could take very little from it.

How long did it take you driver her today?
You've worked in care homes; tell me how the staff there perceived you?
What did you do there exactly?
How did the staff feel about the patients there?
What surprised you most about them patients?
What is your understanding of "bedblocking"?
How would you go about solving the problem of "bedblocking"?
Who makes up the team in Primary health care?
If you were Welsh health minister how would you allocate an extra £18 million?
What do you feel are the two major health issues in S Wales at the moment?
How would you go about solving the problem of diabetes?
Do you think there is overkill in educating the public with regards to medical issues?
What do you do to relax?
What is your understanding of HIV?
Why do you think the developed world has forgotten the message with regards to HIV?
What was the last fiction novel you read?
What characteristic is unique about you?
How do you deal with difficult people within your workplace?
Any questions?

-Polite conversation about Cardiff and the weather ensued-

As I said, I felt some of the questions were fairly intense so it was hard to take anything from it. I was in there for just over fourty mins too and considering I was the last of the day the panel were terribly polite.
 

taara

New Member
How long did it take you to get here?
Have you been to Cardiff before?
Why are you doing Art AS level?
What part of art do you like: painting, drawing...?
I see you read New Scientist and Scientific American. Tell me about a finding that you think might be of use to medicine in the future.
What's good about being a doctor?
How about the bad points?
The time that it takes to become a consultant has been decreased. What are the implications of this?
Have you been to a hospice?
What sort of place do you think a hospice is? Depressing?
You had some work experience in a District General Hospital. What surprised you when you went there?
What department did you go to?
What did you see when you went to Radiology?
Do you know how MRI works?
Do you know who invented CT scans?
Give me an example of what you saw whilst on work experience.
Do you know what a Pathologist does?
Have you had results from your AS modules?
Do you have any questions for us?
 

shuly

New Member
my interview was in April 2005. most of the questions were based on my personal statement, with a few additional questions asking me about being an international student at cardiff.
 

Jo8

New Member
hey there, my interview was december 2003, did pre-med and i'm now a first year. The first question i was asked was "is your job like baywatch??!" as I put on my PS about my beach lifeguarding summer job! That started it all off in a friendly manner which continued, it was all just an informal chat for 20/30mins, we talked about my plans for my gap year and as one of the doctors had just got back from Mexico working he told me about that. We did talk about urban migration in latin america (only because I brought up latin america) and a little bit about the bristol baby organs scandal. The time passed really quickly and it wasn't scary at all! Hope that's reassuring! Jo :)
 

mark the physio

New Member
Hi
Did you get accepted in swansea for the 4 year gradmed course? If so, how are you enjoying the course, is the course intensive and do you know if there are any physiotherapists on your course that could answere some burning questions of mine? I am a senior physio working in powys and would like to know all about the entry process!

Thanks for any help
Mark


Fizzwizz said:
Do you like Swansea?

What do you like about it?
What do you do to relax?
Can you work in a team?
Give me an example of where you work in a team.
What makes a good doctor?
If a patient died due to your negligence how would you cope?
Give me a current medical issue you find interesting and explain why?
Why do people in aeroplanes suffer from Deep Vein Thrombosis from being still in one position, yet this doesn't affect people when they are asleep despite being in the same position for hours?
Why medicine now? (I'm a mature student)
Is it important to be honest?
Why?
Under what circumsances would it be acceptable to lie?
What do you want to specialise in?
Why?
How would I make a patient feel less scared?
 

Mattie

New Member
How long is the interview??? Some say that their's was 20 min and others 40. That seems a very large differnce in time.
 

Carlito

New Member
C-Trax said:
My interview at Cardiff was odd, I felt like I could take very little from it.

How long did it take you driver her today?
You've worked in care homes; tell me how the staff there perceived you?
What did you do there exactly?
How did the staff feel about the patients there?
What surprised you most about them patients?
What is your understanding of "bedblocking"?
How would you go about solving the problem of "bedblocking"?
Who makes up the team in Primary health care?
If you were Welsh health minister how would you allocate an extra £18 million?
What do you feel are the two major health issues in S Wales at the moment?
How would you go about solving the problem of diabetes?
Do you think there is overkill in educating the public with regards to medical issues?
What do you do to relax?
What is your understanding of HIV?
Why do you think the developed world has forgotten the message with regards to HIV?
What was the last fiction novel you read?
What characteristic is unique about you?
How do you deal with difficult people within your workplace?
Any questions?

-Polite conversation about Cardiff and the weather ensued-

As I said, I felt some of the questions were fairly intense so it was hard to take anything from it. I was in there for just over fourty mins too and considering I was the last of the day the panel were terribly polite.
C-TRAX can u plz tell me wat bedblocking is? n y did dey ask u dat question was it in ur PS? nd plz if u do kno d ansa wat ARE the 2 major health issues in S.Wales at the moment? much appreciated
 

isla2

New Member
I had mine today. It started with limited, "how did you get here" questions, followed by "why medicine" (read the personal statement!), followed by:
- tell me about a recent medically-related ethical issue from the news that has interested you
- tell me about another recent medically-related ethical issue from the news that has interested you
- tell me about another recent medically-related ethical issue from the news that has interested you (ahhhh!!!)
- what do you understand about abortion?
endless ethics questions! and I spend ages answering each one and went into several different problems within each issue. Also I got:
- you do a lot of music and drama, do you enjoy any of those things in particular? :)-S)
- in you work experiences, has anything put you off medicine or shocked you?
- do you know about the cardiff course?
think that was about it
good luck everyone!
islax
 

Seren y Gogledd

New Member
I know that the interview cycle for this year is now more or less over but I thought I'd share my most unnerving question with everybody now that I know the outcome:

"Who would you invite round for dinner and why?"

I nearly died. They questioned every single answer! At least I got to show off my debating skills...
 
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