Would you rather be a tree or a flower? If you had one last day on earth, what would you eat and why? Why would I get asked these kinds of questions?
Asking weird medical school interview questions is a common technique that interviewers use to get a better idea of your personality and how you function. So many applicants have memorized their answers to common interview questions that admissions committees can struggle to get a sense of your authentic responses. These questions are meant to be hard, because the truth is more likely to come out when you’re taken by surprise. Your responses to these weird questions display your thought process more genuinely compared to generic questions that you will be prepared for. The interviewer is interested in you and your thought process or values, not your actual answer.
Being asked these questions can be a shock, but don’t freak out.
Scenario 1: “How would you describe the color orange to someone blind?”
Scenario 2: “If you were a cereal, which cereal would you be? What cereal would your friends think you are?”
Scenario 3: “How would you convince someone to buy this pen?”
Scenario 4: “What counts as a living thing?”
Scenario 5: “Would you rather lose sleep or skip a meal?”
Scenario 6: “How old do you have to be to take the MCAT, like 14? My kid wants to be a doctor.”