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15 Toughest Medical Field Interview Questions in 2020

Filed in Interviews, Job, Nursing News by on November 13, 2020

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15 Toughest Medical Field Interview Questions in 2020

Toughest Interview Questions: The stakes are high in any job interview, but in the medical field, the interview questions can be especially tough.

Employers want to be sure they’re getting the best of the best, so they don’t throw many softballs.  

Medical Field Interview Questions

1. Why Do You Want to Work in This Industry?

Focus on your history with the healthcare industry and tell a success story if you can; “I’ve always loved the medical field but my interest developed when I volunteered at a clinic.

The capabilities of our department were amazing but the staff could practice better care. So I worked with the management to improve on satisfying the patients. It was a great opportunity to positively contribute to an industry I am passionate about and help promote the clinic”.

2. Tell us About Yourself

Focus on your strengths and how it affects your role, illustrate with examples if possible; “I’m vibrant and a good communicator. Working in the medical field for three years has helped to build my confidence has taught me to understand and share the feelings of another.

I also launched a clinic newsletter, which helped to build our relationships with patients and we ended up increasing the patient’s satisfaction”.

3. What Do You Think of Your Previous Boss?

Focus on what you learned from him/her disregarding how awful he/she was, stay positive; “My previous boss taught me the value of time management. Her attitude pushed me towards working hard”.

4. Why Are You Leaving Your Current Role?

Focus on the positive; do not badmouth your job or employer; “I have mastered a lot from my current role, but I want a new challenge and to acquire a new skill which I know I will achieve through this Job”.

5. Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?

Give an answer that shows you’re ambitious, career-oriented and committed; “I would like to have a better understanding of this industry in five years.

Also, I love working with people so I would like to be in a managerial role at this company, where I can use my people skills for the benefit of the people and the industry”.

6. What’s Your Greatest Weakness?

This question gives you the opportunity to say something positive out of something negative. Try using examples of weaknesses you have overcome; “I am not comfortable with giving a public speech so knowing that this was a problem, I enrolled in a speech workshop I overcame my fear.”

7. What Salary Are You Looking for?

Avoid giving an exact number, instead, emphasize on your commitment to the job; “I am more interested in my role in the industry, so I would expect to be paid the appropriate amount for this role”.

8. Why Should I Hire You?

Emphasize your qualifications and indicate what makes you unique; “I have been a medical secretary for the past eight years, I was complimented by my boss that without me the clinic would fall apart. I can handle both my work and some of my boss’ work”.

9. What is Your Greatest Failure and What Did You Learn from it?

Focus on a significant mishap and how it has made you improve; “I took an art class in college to supplement my curriculum. I didn’t take it seriously and thought that it would be a walkover compared to my biology classes.

My failing grades showed that I thought wrong; it would even threaten my scholarship status. I knew I had to improve so I spent the rest of my semesters to make up for it. I learned that in all I am doing, I should try to make the best out of it or else it wasn’t worth doing at all”.

10. How do You Explain Your Gap in Employment?

Make the time you have stayed unemployed seem like it’s your choice, based on the right reasons, “I want to take my time to select the next role which is right for me instead of rushing to accept anything that comes my way”.

11. When Were you Most Satisfied with Your Job?

This question gives you the opportunity to share your interests and prove that you are enthusiastic about your job; I love to interact with people, I was always satisfied when interacting with patients, making sure to meet their needs.

Also, I am interested in this job because I would have more interaction with patients”.

12. What Did You Like Least About Your Job?

Thinking of something you disliked in the previous job that you know will not be a part of the new one; “I did not hate my previous job, but there were some things I liked less than others.

My previous job involved lots of traveling which sometimes was a little exhausting and I did not like spending much time out of the clinic. I am glad this new role does not involve much traveling”.

13. Describe a Time You did not Get Along with Your Co-workers?

Think of a significant instance but portray it as a positive experience; “I wasn’t getting along with one of the nurses so one day, I asked her to lunch, where we discussed our differences and it turned out all we needed was communication.

I believe that communicating your differences with someone can help solve any issue”.

14. What Motivates You?

This question requires you to highlight your positive attributes to give the interviewer some insight into your character; “In my last job, I was responsible for the proper and efficient assessment of incoming patients. As it stands, I am up for any challenge”.

15. How Would Your Friends Describe You?

Your answer should be relevant to the job you are interviewing for; “I have always had a team spirit and zeal to complete my task even though difficult”.

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