Five Common Medical Job Interview Questions

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Published: 3 Sep 2015      

The interview process can be one of the most intimidating aspects of searching for a medical job. Even if you have done all of the research you can about the organisation that you are aiming to join, you can never be absolutely certain about the questions that you are going to be asked.

It's not all doom and gloom though. Even if you are a little nervous heading in, there are a few questions that many medical organisations fall back on when quizzing their candidates. Here we will take a look at five the crop up on a regular basis, so that you can be a little more prepared with your answers should you be asked the same question or something similar.

5. Why Do You Want The Job?

It's a key question that tends to make an appearance in every job interview, but in the medical profession you need to make sure that you answer is properly tailored. Clichés are not going to go over particularly well, as the interviewer wants to be sure that you have properly considered the role, how it will impact on you and what you can bring to the organisation.

As such, it is important to consider what the job means to you on a personal level before you head into the interview. Consider important figures within the field who work at the organisation and what you might be able to learn when working under them. Do your research about who works there, as well as what they do, and you will be able to offer a more in-depth answer.

4. What Are Your Weaknesses?

Another important question that you need to approach delicately. Acting like you have no weaknesses sends the message that you are not self-aware, whereas focusing too much on them makes you seem like a poor candidate.

Be honest here, but don't place too much focus on the weakness. Furthermore, wherever possible, try to spin the weakness into a positive by associating it with one of your better traits. This way you can show that you recognise any issues and are working on ensuring they are not a problem going forward.

3. How Do You Handle Stress?

Medical environments are typically high-stress, which means you need to be able to demonstrate that you are able to handle the pressure. Good performances in previous jobs can go a long way towards showing this, so try to think of a specific example or two that is relevant to the conversation.

This is the worst question for you to clam up on. If you do then you are visually demonstrating that you are poor when under stress, even if that is not actually the case.

2. What Can You Offer That Others Can't?

Remember that each job interview is essentially a competition, and even of you match all of the attributes the employer is looking for you may still fail if you don't stand out.

With this question you need to think about something that makes you unique. Clichés about being able to work individually or in a team are not needed here. Consider the areas that you excel in and how this can be brought into the fold at your new job.

1. What Are Your Salary Expectations?

It's a question that most people wish to avoid, but if the role doesn't have a pre-defined salary then you are likely going to be asked it. The question acts as a way for the employer to see how you value yourself, so it is a bad idea to go for the lowest possible figure.

You need to do your research and find out what people with equivalent levels of training and experience are earning so that you can answer appropriately


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