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| Heather has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates,
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What are the steps you follow to study a problem before making a decision?

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  1. 1.

    What are the steps you follow to study a problem before making a decision?

      As an Allergist you are faced with many challenges that is best solved with a step by step process. Divide your working style in several defined steps and present it in front of the interviewer. This will help the interviewer determine how organized and efficient you are in handling your work. Tell the interviewer that you first define the problem, generate possible solutions, analyze the solutions, select the best solution and then plan your next course of action.

      Heather's Answer #1

      "While solving a problem my first step is to define the problem. Then I gather all the relevant data and examine what could be the root cause, the scale of the problem and the possible solutions based on the analysis. The next step is always to analyze the solutions and figure out which one could be the best and based on the selection I make the suggestions."

      Heather's Answer #2

      "When solving a problem my first step is to define the problem. I gather the information, my team, and we work out possible solutions based on our information. We respect one another and each other's opinions while working together on a solution."

  2. 2.

    Why are you the best allergist for us?

      This question is similar to 'tell us about yourself' or 'what makes you a good candidate'. All these variations of questions are to allow you to tell the interviewer why you are the best candidate for the job. Tell the interviewer a few things that sets you apart from the rest of the candidates. Instead of choosing a skill or characteristic that is already listed on your resume, choose a solid skill that would be a benefit to the job. Communication skills, attention to detail in charting, ability to calm anxious allergy patients. If you are unable to identify a unique characteristic, we suggest you reach out to coworkers and family to get their opinion.

      Heather's Answer

      "I'm the best person for the job because I've just finished up school and I would come to this practice with a new set of eyes."

  3. 3.

    What single project or task would you consider the most significant accomplishment in your career so far?

      This question is similar to 'what is your greatest accomplishment' but what the interviewer is looking for here is an example project or task not necessarily a milestone. Tell the interviewer about a project you blew out of the water in your final year of college, a significant impact you made during your internship or even a medical information fair that you led in your local community.

      Heather's Answer

      "My most significant accomplishment so far in my career has been completing my residency in Pediatrics. Working with children can be challenging but fun."

  4. 4.

    Do you have any questions for us?

      It is common for this question to to be asked every time, and you should have questions ready. By asking questions you are able to show that you have enough interest to do some research, and that you want to learn all that you can. You should limit the questions to no more than three or four.

      Heather's Answer #1

      "Walk me through a day in your clinic."

      Heather's Answer #2

      "Why do you enjoy working here?"

  5. 5.

    Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

      While the interviewer is interested in the type of person you are, sharing about how many kids you want is not very relevant to this position. You may want to start by sharing that you have a long term goal of managing your own medical practice. Explain how you hope you will grow professionally within the community and bring more patients into the clinic.

      Heather's Answer

      "Within the next five years, I would like to study to become specialized in pediatrics."

  6. 6.

    Where do you see allergy treatment going in the near future

      Medication, probiotics and immunotherapy. The future of allergy treatment is advancing around you. Tell the interviewer about a particular treatment that excites you as an Allergist. This is a great answer to show your personality and have a casual conversation with the interviewer.

      Heather's Answer #1

      "The idea of capsule form immunotherapy is intriguing to me. I look forward to the development of a pill that can address all allergens."

      Heather's Answer #2

      "I'd love to see immunotherapy delivered via nasal inhalant."

  7. 7.

    What are your long term goals?

      It's important to think about how the position you are interviewing for will fit into your long term goals even as you apply for jobs. Employers also want to know if you are going to stick around to provide continuity to your patients. Ensure that you are worth the investment and that you'll bring great things to the company.

      Heather's Answer

      "I have learned that long-term goals are best achieved when I break them into shorter goals. My short-term goal is to find a position that will put me in a forward-moving company with solid performance and future projections. As part of a team, I want to add value and continue to grow the company. My long-term goal will depend on where the company goes. My plan is to move into a position of responsibility where I can lead a team."

  8. 8.

    Are you comfortable making tough decisions when it comes to patient care?

      The interviewer wants to know how you handle stressful situations. Be sure to highlight your ability to think strategically and to make quick, thoughtful decisions. Provide an example of the confidence you have in your decision-making skills when it comes to patient care and the tough choices that go with it.

      Heather's Answer #1

      "I think my confidence in making tough decisions has grown over the years. As a new Allergist, I was a bit more hesitant to make these decisions and learned a great deal from the more tenured medical provider on my team. Now, I make strategic and thoughtful decisions based on my knowledge and experience. I also am very comfortable asking for help in situations that may be new to me. I value the collaborative approach we have as a team."

      Heather's Answer #2

      "My ten years of experience had given me the confidence and know how to make tough decisions for my patients."

  9. 9.

    What experience do you have testing for gastrointestinal disorders?

      Gastrointestinal food allergies are common in infants and children. Tell the interviewer about symptoms such as vomiting, reflux, abdominal pains, diarrhea, and constipation that you look for in your patients. The interviewer wants to hear how you handle your food allergy and sensitive patients. Describe how you instruct patients to keep a journal of the foods they eat and how and when they are instructed to slowly bring them back into their diet in order to identify the allergy.

      Heather's Answer #1

      "I review the patient's medical history, perform a clinical evaluation, skin testing, food-specific IgE antibodies, responses to the elimination diet and oral food challenges as well as skin checks for eczema​."

      Heather's Answer #2

      "Common food allergies are cow's milk, eggs, soybeans, wheat, peanut, tree nuts, fish, ​and shellfish. When diagnosing a patient with a food allergy I use allergy testing as well as their feedback on the different types of symptoms they are experiencing."

  10. 10.

    How would you describe your work ethic?

      You may be carefree and fun-loving with your friends on the weekends, but at work, you are focused and professional. The interviewer is interested in your personality and how you will fit with the team. Give specific examples or keywords they can relate to. When you read the company job, posting or job description do they refer to particular ethics? Talk about their values and how those align well with your work values.

      Heather's Answer #1

      "I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your facility as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile for your patients. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my patients every day."

      Heather's Answer #2

      "I would describe my work ethic as dependable, respectful and accountable."

  11. 11.

    How do you feel when another medical professional criticizes your work?

      The interviewer is asking this question for a few different reasons. They want to hear how well you handle criticism if you name drop or speak poorly of the one that challenged you and if you seem to hold a grudge over the situation. If you choose to give an example, be sure it allows you to demonstrate your ability to handle criticism with style.

      Heather's Answer #1

      "It is never easy to be criticized or to receive unfavorable feedback. However, I believe that I can learn from each experience and constructively move forward. For example, a physician recently mentioned to me that my notes in the database were not as detailed as she would prefer. I had to take a minute and breathe because I spent extra time on those notes and felt frustrated by the feedback. However, I knew this physician could be tough to please so I asked her to show me exactly how she preferred the notes in the system so that next time, as a team, we could be more efficient."

      Heather's Answer #2

      "As a new Allergist comes additional critiques from physicians. I take every critique as a learning opportunity. I am thankful for any feedback that helps me to become a better healthcare provider."

  12. 12.

    What do you know about our facility?

      The interviewer is asking you this question to see if you did your homework on the organization or if you are merely floating your resume. Be sure to read up on the organization that you are interviewing with and have a few questions prepared. The interviewer is looking for a baseline of your knowledge and level of interest.

      Heather's Answer #1

      "I made a short list of hospitals that I'd like to work with, and yours is on the top of my list. I know that your facility is a nationally recognized hospital that is known for service excellence. When my sister was sick a few years ago, she was admitted to the ER and told me that she had an outstanding experience, given the situation. I am especially interested in knowing more about the workplace culture and the community programs you support."

      Heather's Answer #2

      "I know that your facility is top of the line when it comes to technological advancements and research. I am a major supporter of these efforts and would be honored to work in such an advanced hospital environment."

  13. 13.

    Which immuno suppressive agents do you prefer to use with your patients?

      As an Allergist you have your go-to medications for your patients. Tell the interviewer which medications you use for which symptoms and why.

      Heather's Answer #1

      "Prednisone is my go-to when I treat a patient suffering from extreme allergies"

      Heather's Answer #2

      "Prednisolone is a common medication I use to treat my youngest patients."

  14. 14.

    What is anaphylaxis?

      As an Allergist you know that anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. It can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to something you're allergic to, such as peanuts or bee stings. When answering this question don't leave it at just a definition, follow it up with a story of an anaphylaxis situation and how you handled it and how you treated it.

      Heather's Answer

      "Anaphylaxis is a potentially severe or life- threatening allergic reaction that can occur very quickly—as fast as within a couple of minutes of exposure to the allergen."

  15. 15.

    Describe your style of communicating and interacting with others.

      As an Allergist providing care to to patients and interacting with the community you are making a difference every day. Tell the interviewer how you encourage feedback from your patients, provide information to patients at health fairs and encourage positive and professional relationships at work.

      Heather's Answer #1

      "One thing I strive to provide all my patients is a comprehensive and simple explanation of their medial appointments and care they receive from me to avoid any miscommunication. I encourage questions and provide clarification when needed."

      Heather's Answer #2

      "I believe in clear, concise​ and correct information for both my patients and co-workers."

  16. 16.

    Describe a workplace challenge and how you overcame it.

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  17. 17.

    What are your salary expectations?

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  18. 18.

    What is your most prescribed allergy relief product?

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  19. 19.

    Why do you want a career as an allergist?

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  20. 20.

    What are the three most important qualities you demonstrate as a leader?

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  21. 21.

    Why should we hire you?

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  22. 22.

    Tell me a problem you faced where you were unsure the answer. How did you research the problem and find a correct solution?

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  23. 23.

    What are you doing to keep current in technology?

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  24. 24.

    As an Allergist, what do you believe is your best asset?

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  25. 25.

    How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?

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  26. 26.

    How well do you work with people?

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  27. 27.

    What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?

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  28. 28.

    What was your biggest disappointment as an allergist?

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  29. 29.

    What was your greatest accomplishment as an Allergist?

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  30. 30.

    How do you handle stress and pressure?

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