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100 Weirdest Medical School Interview Questions

100 Weirdest Medical School Interview Questions

Updated on: December 3, 2023
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Written By Dr Ollie

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Weird medical school interview questions are always fun to practice with.

In this guide, I’m going to give you 100 of the weirdest medical school interview questions ever asked.

I’ll then move on to showing you exactly how you can answer these crazy questions with a simple five-step plan.

Weird Medical School Interview Question Examples

How Would You…

  1. How would you time 10 minutes without a watch?
  2. How would you explain what a cell is to your six-year-old nephew?
  3. How would you react if you were lost at sea?
  4. How would you describe yourself to a stranger?
  5. How would you convince someone to buy this pen?
  6. How would you describe colour to a blind person?
  7. How would you measure how tall you were without a tape measure?
  8. How would you sell yourself in three words?
  9. How would you spend one million pounds?
  10. How would you change the way government is run?

This Or That Questions

  1. Do you prefer cooking or being cooked for?
  2. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
  3. Would you be Batman or Robin?
  4. Talking pets or talking babies?
  5. Are you a hunter or gatherer?
  6. Would you go camping or glamping?
  7. Are you a leader or follower?
  8. Would you have a night out or night in?
  9. Do you prefer coffee or alcohol?
  10. Lose sleep or skip a meal?

Brain Teasers

  1. How many marbles could fit inside a football stadium?
  2. How much should the Prime Minister be paid?
  3. How long is the answer to this question?
  4. How many phones are there in the world?
  5. How many webpages currently exist?
  6. When does someone have enough money?
  7. When was time invented?
  8. Who’s the most successful person ever?
  9. How heavy is Mount Fuji?
  10. What counts as a living thing?

Can You…

  1. Can you tell me a joke?
  2. Can you sing me your theme song?
  3. Can you do a party trick?
  4. Can you do an impression?
  5. Can you teach me something new?
  6. Can you remember your first day at school?
  7. Can you make me laugh?
  8. Can you play the air guitar?
  9. Can you speak another language?
  10. Can you wink with both eyes?

If You Could Be Any…

  1. If you could be any age how old would you be and why?
  2. If you could be any celebrity who would you be and why?
  3. If you could be any animal what would you choose and why?
  4. If you could be any height how tall would you be and why?
  5. If you could be any superhero who would you be and why?
  6. If you could be any company’s CEO which would you choose and why?
  7. If you could be any cartoon character who would you be and why?
  8. If you could be any kitchen utensil which would you be and why?
  9. If you could be any country’s leader which would you choose and why?
  10. If you could be any olympic sport’s world record holder which would it be and why?

Moral Quandaries

  1. Is there such a thing as right or wrong?
  2. What would you do if your friend lied to you?
  3. Can ends always justify the means?
  4. Would you commit a crime if no one would know?
  5. How would you define ‘evil?’
  6. Is there such a thing as a truly selfless act?
  7. Is private healthcare ethical?
  8. Is a young person’s life worth more than the elderly?
  9. When was the last time you faced an ethical dilemma?
  10. Is it ever right to discriminate against people?

What Would You Do If…

  1. What would you do if I told you you’d not got an offer?
  2. What would you do if you were the last surviving human?
  3. What would you do if you suddenly became homeless?
  4. What would you do if you could ask God one question?
  5. What would you do if money was no object?
  6. What would you do if you got arrested for something you didn’t do?
  7. What would you do if you scratched your parent’s car?
  8. What would you do if you could live forever?
  9. What would you do if you could never leave your house again?
  10. What would you do if you could make one singular wish?

Past Experiences

  1. What’s the worst decision you’ve ever made?
  2. Who’s the best friend you’ve ever had?
  3. What would you change about your childhood?
  4. What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?
  5. What do you most regret in life?
  6. Who’s had the most influence on you as a person?
  7. What has been the happiest day of your life so far?
  8. What would you tell yourself ten years ago?
  9. What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
  10. When was the last time you made a mistake?

Do You Think…

  1. Do you think you’d make a good CEO?
  2. Do you think you’re popular?
  3. Do you think you’re what we’re looking for?
  4. Do you think doctors should be paid more?
  5. Do you think the general public is stupid?
  6. Do you think you’re an athlete?
  7. Do you think zombies should be slow or fast?
  8. Do you think people work too hard?
  9. Do you think you’re a good driver?
  10. Do you think you deserve an offer?

Complete Curveballs

  1. What can I find in your fridge right now?
  2. Why are you here?
  3. What’s your dream holiday and why?
  4. Is a Jaffa cake a biscuit or cake?
  5. What’s your favourite food and why?
  6. Who are you?
  7. On a scale of one to ten, rate me as an interviewer
  8. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  9. Do you like your mum or dad more?
  10. What do you think of garden gnomes?

Why Do Medical School Interviewers Ask Weird Questions?

There are a number of different reasons why interviewers might ask you weird questions at your medical school interview.

For one, interviewers know candidates are generally very well prepared for their medicine interview- so will probably have thought about their answers to the most common questions.

This can lead to candidates regurgitating preprepared answers- not much use to the interviewer for differentiating between candidates.

A confused medicine applicant after having been asked a weird question in a mock interview

By asking you a left field question they’ll get to see your thought process actually in action: by putting you on the spot to come up with an answer!

Not only can they guarantee you won’t be answering from a script, but by asking weird questions interviewers can also use them to gain an insight into your personality that normal questions just wouldn’t reach.

You’d be amazed how much you can learn about a person from their answer to the question “do you think you’re popular?”

How To Answer Weird Medical School Interview Questions

How to answer weird medical school interview questions is one of the many things that kept me up the night before my medicine interview!

By their very nature, they’re designed to throw you off… So you can hardly blame me for being worried about them!

How to answer weird medical school interview questions:

  1. After being asked a weird interview question you should first buy yourself some time
  2. Then, explore the proposition further with some questions of your own
  3. Think about why the interviewer has asked you this question
  4. Think about how you can use your answer to demonstrate your positive qualities
  5. Give a balanced answer with a concrete conclusion, showing you’ve considered all sides of the argument

Buy Yourself Some Time

When you’re first asked that weird interview question it can be a bit of a shock.

It’s not everyday someone asks you what your favourite childhood toy was at a professional interview!

The first thing you need to do is not panic and give yourself a second to think.

Buy yourself some time by taking a sip of water, asking them to repeat the question or just say something along the lines of:

“That’s a really interesting question. I’m just going to take a second to think of an appropriate answer for it!”

By doing anything of these things it will just give you a few valuable seconds to calm your nerves and gather your thoughts before diving into your answer.

Explore The Question First

Some of the more theoretical questions you might be asked can have a lot of leeway in them.

For example, imagine that you were asked “if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be and why?”

Well some things you might want to know before answering could be:

  • Can the food be prepared in different ways or is it one ‘dish?’
  • Does a food group such as ‘sweets’ count as a food?
  • Can you eat the food with different sauces or side-dishes?

By asking a couple of questions exploring the premise, it not only helps to buy you a bit more thinking time but you can narrow down how the interviewer wants the question answering.

It also shows you’re receptive to their unique style of questioning and are happy to take an active part in answering… Rather than just giving a one word answer of “pizza.”

Think Why You Were Asked This Question

As difficult as it sometimes can be to believe, there is always a reason behind why you were asked that weird question.

Take for example the question “if you could have a coffee with anyone from the present or past who would it be and why?”

A cup of coffee on a table in a café

Now on the face of it, this question is simply asking you who you think would have a couple of good stories to tell over a cup of joe.

However, the interviewer might actually be probing:

  • Who you hold in high regard and why
  • What characteristics of this person make you want to talk to them
  • How creative you are in your thinking

By taking a moment to think about why you might have been asked a question, it can help you craft your answer to satisfy the interviewer.

Demonstrate Your Positive Qualities

As much of a no-brainer as it might seem, in your medical school interview you always want to show yourself off in the best light possible.

That means you probably shouldn’t say that in a hypothetical scenario that no one would find out about you’d murder a man.

Always have in the back of your mind that you’re there to show your interviewer that you’d make an excellent doctor.

So try to stay professional and always answer in a manner that’s consistent with how a medical student would act.

Give A Balanced Answer

By ‘balanced answer’ I mean you should always try and consider both sides of the argument if you can.

Remember, the interviewer is interested in you, probably not in the actual answer you give.

If the question doesn’t lend itself to a debate, such as “are you a cat or dog person?” then try to verbalise some of your reasoning before reaching a conclusion.

This just gives your answer a bit more depth and shows your different considerations.

Do always try and reach a concrete conclusion though.

You’ll come across as a far more confident and decisive candidate, no matter how weird the question is, if you can come to a definitive conclusion.

“… And so in conclusion that’s why I think I’d rather have coleslaw for hair rather than sweat mustard.”

Final Thoughts

As much as you can prepare for a medical school interview there’s always a possibility that you could be thrown off by a weird and wonderful question.

That’s in fact probably the entire reason the interviewer asked you that question!

Just take a deep breath and remember to follow the five-step plan.

I wouldn’t get too hung up on worrying about these sorts of questions because in the grand scheme of things there’s only a small chance they’ll come up.

But if one does you now know what to do!

About the author
After studying medicine at the University of Leicester, Dr Ollie now works as a junior doctor in London. His interests include medical education and expedition medicine, as well as having a strong belief in the importance of widening access to medicine.