List of Interview Questions

I interviewed at 16 programs across the country.  I received a wide gambit of interview questions, some of which I heard at nearly every institution and others that were only asked once.  My aim is to compile a listing of questions I heard on the interview trail in one location and provide links to tips on answering those questions to aid your preparations.

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The Classics

Program Specific Questions

Clinical Questions

Specific CV Questions

Getting to Know You

Random, but Memorable

  • Teach me something I don’t know in 2 minutes. 
  • Here is the form we use to evaluate applicants.  Fill it out for me and explain why you are scoring yourself the way you are. 
  • What is your favorite type of music? (Attending paused the interview and typed my answer into Pandora Radio and played it as background music throughout the remainder of the interview)
  • Here is a piece of paper.  I am going to read you these instructions.  Pay attention.  I will not repeat them.  Once I am done, complete the task.  Do not say a word until you are done.  (Proceeds to read a 3 minute description of folding, unfolding, spinning, rotating the sheet of paper). 
  • Can you name an ____(insert name of city of program) music artist?
  • What case in plastic surgery do you think you could do alone, start to finish?
  • You are in the operating room, doing a ventral hernia repair.  You accidentally dissect too deep and you have major bleeding.  What do you do?
  • Are you an introvert or extrovert?
  • Do you have an Instagram account?
  • What do you think about social media usage and plastic surgery?
  • So you are fluent in Spanish?  Let’s conduct this interview in Spanish.
  • Compare and contrast the business strategies of Bezos, Buffet, and Gates.

Questionable Questions

  • Are you married?
  • What are your top 3 programs right now?
  • Other than this program, what are your top 3 programs right now?
  • What would it take to convince you to come here?

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Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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