Acing Personal Answers for Interviews & the CASPer® Test

This year of medical school, I’ve been thinking a lot about interviews for residency positions. I worked as a physiotherapist for a long time before deciding to go back to school for medicine. And during that time, I had many interviews in order to find a position that was a good fit for me. From this process, I learned to have answers to a few seemingly easy questions that can come up in interviews. These same questions are ones that can be asked for residency applications, MMI’s, and on the CASPer®.

Before I get into them, I highly recommend actually writing down the answers to these questions before you write the test or go to the interview. This simple strategy will allow you to say or write the answers with confidence, without having to fumble your way through them in the moment.

Here’s the most common one:

1. Why are you applying to this program?

Try to have a genuine, thoughtful answer for this one.

Here are more common ones:

2. What makes you a good candidate for this program?

3. What are your strengths?

4. What are your weaknesses?

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

And then there are the tricky ones. I’m still working on my answers for these:

6. If you had to pick another career, what would it be and why?

7. Talk about your proudest moment.

8. What is the hardest experience you’ve had to face in your schooling?

If you want to really blow them away at an interview, make sure you have some well-thought-out questions for them too (This won’t quite work for the CASPer® or an MMI I suppose). For me, I want to know about things like mentorship opportunities, what projects they’re excited about in the future, and what the company culture is like. Asking questions helps me know more about the position, but it also lets the interviewer know that you’re interested and well-researched.

Get out there and Crush It!