Anesthesia Job Interview Q&A
Interviewing in a healthcare setting—whether via telephone or in-person—is very similar to interviewing for any other position, with the exception that interviewers are seeking answers that emphasize excellence in patient care above all else.
Following are some of the most frequently asked questions as well as tips to consider in preparing your responses.
Sample Interview Questions and Answers
What did you like most about your previous position?
- Don't over-embellish—it will prompt questions as to why you are leaving.
- Interviewers are trying to determine your level of flexibility and ability to fit in.
- Highlight two or three positive aspects of your last job.
What did you like least about your previous position?
- The interviewer is attempting to identify any potential problems that may arise.
- Careful with this one—avoid negativity about your previous position or manager.
- Wrap a negative with a positive—a safe answer would be, "My previous company did not have a strong commitment to employee training and development; I understand your company has an excellent program…."
What have you learned from past mistakes?
- Emphasize your ability to react quickly and proactively when the mistake was realized.
- Discuss measures taken to prevent mistakes from happening in the future.
Provide an example of a problem you were faced with and how you solved it.
- Definitely have an answer ready for this one—if you have to think too long, the interviewer will think you have nothing to boast about.
- Emphasize your ability to remain calm, be creative and think strategically.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
- Think about an accomplishment that had a positive impact on the organization, not just your immediate team or department.
- Talk about something related to the position for which you are applying.
- Employers like answers related to reduction of expenses, increased outcomes, improved patient satisfaction, process improvement, etc.
What is your greatest strength?
- Use this opportunity to highlight your best attributes.
- Pick three or four strengths to discuss and make sure they complement the position for which you are applying.
- Focus answers on positives you can bring to the department or the organization (i.e. team player, track record of improving performance or outcomes, decreasing patient wait times, etc.).
What is your greatest weakness?
- Employers have heard the standard answers over and over—"I'm a perfectionist" or "I work too hard"—so be creative with your answer.
- Avoid answering this question directly—it will only invite a response like, "If you are aware of this weakness, why haven't you corrected it?"
- To stand out, discuss a past weakness AND what was done to learn from and overcome it.
- The weakness discussed should not be key to the position for which you are applying.
Do you prefer to work in a team or independently?
- Teamwork—especially in a healthcare setting—is an important aspect of any job.
- Convince the interviewer you are a team player while completely capable of carrying your workload and not burdening coworkers.
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