The Best Follow-Up Questions To Ask At Your PA School Interview

It’s the interview question we all dread: “Do you have any questions for me?”  Inevitably, you’ll be asked this question at the end of your interview, right when you think you’re out of the weeds.

Don’t let this question catch you off guard!  PA interviews are designed so the program can gauge whether or not you’re a viable and valuable candidate for their program, but they’re also conducted so YOU can get a good sense of a program and whether it’s a good fit for you and your goals. By asking some of the following questions for your follow-up, you’ll show that you’re genuinely interested in learning more about that specific program while showing that you’re a competent and observant individual.

  • What is the program’s philosophy regarding __________?
    If you have questions about their method of teaching, clinical hours,  program setup, or generally anything that wasn’t covered during the interview, this would be a great way to frame a more generic, informational question.
  • Why are the pass/fail rates so low/high as compared to other programs?
    This shows that you’ve done your research, are familiar with this program’s stats, and are genuinely interested in learning more about the program’s success.
  • What is your program’s first time pass rate for the national board exams (PANCE)?
    Students who finish PA school must pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE).  If a program had a low initial pass rate, their caliber of instruction may be poor or their curriculum may not prepare you well enough to pass.
  • What are this program’s criteria/standards when selecting teachers/professors?
    Having a high level of interest in the professors indicates that you’re interested in this program specifically due to who you’ll be learning from.  It may also indicate that you understand the caliber of this program’s academics (be it low or high)
  • Could you tell me more about the hospital rotations I will be doing in your program?
    Every program is different, so you’ll want to be sure this program provides adequate opportunities for you to focus on specialties if you so choose.
  • Is there job placement assistance for graduating students?
    While the PA profession is on the rise, sifting through employment opportunities can be difficult and exhausting. You’ll want to be sure the program you choose is committed to helping you during your time in the program and afterwards.  This also indicates that you’re focused on your success as a practicing PA rather than the short-term.

 

Not asking a follow up question could give the impression that you don’t care or that you lack the motivation to critically analyze the program you’re applying to.  There are plenty of other questions you can ask, so don’t be left speechless towards the end of your interview!