20 PA School Interview Questions You MUST Master

Being prepared for your PA program interview is crucial for success on interview day. Knowing how to handle any question that’s thrown at you is a good way to keep your cool during the interview, but sometimes it helps to know the questions that might be asked of you ahead of time.

The following is a list of some of the most common behavioral questions asked during the interview process. Try to familiarize yourself with these questions and come up with your go-to answers. If you have an answer ready for each of the following, you’ll ace your interview!

  • How do you handle stress?
  • What would you do if a patient adamantly refuses to be seen by a PA?
  • What was the worst or most disappointing experience of your life?
  • Tell me about a time you were under a lot of pressure. What was going on, and how did you get through it?
  • How do you usually deal with stress?
  • Tell me about a time you failed.  How did you deal with this situation?
  • What’s the hardest/most difficult thing you’ve ever done?
  • What is your biggest accomplishment?
  • Give me an example of a time you managed numerous responsibilities. How did you handle that?
  • Do you prefer to work with others or by yourself?
  • Describe a time when you used teamwork to solve a problem.
  • Do you manage your time well? Tell us about a time when time management was crucial to your success.
  • What do you do if you disagree with someone at work?
  • What kind of stress do you see associated with the PA profession?
  • Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
  • Describe a time when you were criticized unfairly and how you handled it.
  • Describe the most stressful work or academic situation you have ever been in and tell us how you dealt with it.
  • Describe an interaction with a patient that made an impact on you.
  • Have you done anything to increase your chances of being accepted to the PA program?
  • What makes you stand out from the other candidates applying to this program?

Taking the time to go over these points will keep you from getting caught off guard by a particularly tricky question.  Just remember, answering some of these questions may seem easy now, but it can be a lot more difficult to come up with a compelling answer on the spot the day-of.