Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hard Interview Questions

I went to the Pre-Professional Office today to get some pointers on preparing for my upcoming optometry school interviews. The girl at the desk gave me four pages of questions written in size 4 font. The questions listed on the paper are some of the hardest interview questions I have ever read. Here is a sampling:
  • Why should we offer you a place at our school?
  • What stimulated your interest in a health care profession?
  • If you want to "help people," why not choose a career in social work, law, or teaching?
  • Is there anything you would like to brag about? (This question was listed in the section called "Maturity.")
  • Describe a face-to-face meeting in which you had to influence a highly emotional individual.
  • How would you redesign the health care system?
  • What are three things you would like to change about yourself?
  • If an AIDS patient was bleeding profusely from a laceration, what would you do? What if you do not have gloves? What if you have an open sore on your hand?
  • What is the most difficult problem you have ever faced in your life?
  • How would you rank the following individuals with regard to priority for a liver transplant? 1) A young woman whose family can't afford the operation, 2) A 45-year-old ex-sailor whose liver was damaged by alcoholism, and 3) a 75-year-old retired executive who has indicated that he will be a very generous donor to the hospital if he gets the transplant.
  •   And my favorite question: What is the solution to terrorism?
I'm going to spend the next few weeks coming up with some great answers to these questions. And I'll be sure to forward my answer about terrorism to Robert Mueller. I'm sure he'll like to know the solution to terrorism.


Kathy Haynie said...

Wow. Those are hard questions. We don't have any of those questions on our list of things to ask prospective English teachers. Maybe we should add that one about terrorism. Good thing you are a smart fella who can figure out some brilliant answers.

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