When answering this question you can absolutely incorporate a personal story. You could also talk about what inspired you to become an Allergist in the first place. Be sure that your passion for your career comes through in your answer.
"I have set my sights on a career as an Allergist as soon as I started medical school. Studying how immunotherapy works with the human body has always intrigued me."
"I became interested after I was already in my residency in internal medicine. I knew I wanted to specialize in a field where I could really help people."
As an Allergist you may face various workplace challenges. Internal struggles or co-workers struggles. Tell the interviewer about a situation you faced and how you handled it. Burnout, people problems and not being challenged may be a few issues you could bring up. Feel free to spin your answer in a way to suggest you mentored a co-worker that was facing one of these issues.
"Working with student interns can be challenging. I enjoy mentoring students and other co-workers and am looked to as a voice of reason."
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.
"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."
"I believe in clear, concise and correct information for both my patients and co-workers."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
As an Allergist you have your go-to medications for your patients. Tell the interviewer which medications you use for which symptoms and why.
"Prednisone is my go-to when I treat a patient suffering from extreme allergies"
"Prednisolone is a common medication I use to treat my youngest patients."
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.
"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."
"My ten years of experience had given me the confidence and know how to make tough decisions for my patients."
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.
"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."
"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."
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.
"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."
"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."
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.
"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."
"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."
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.
"Walk me through a day in your clinic."
"Why do you enjoy working here?"
It’s been said that leadership is making important but unpopular decisions. Tell the interviewer how you lead by example, assure your employees are trained and take care of and that your clinic provides the best customer service possible.
"The three most important qualities I demonstrate as a leader is patience, integrity, and inspiration."
"The three most important qualities I demonstrate as a leader is Confidence, focus and positivity."
With ease! You understand that your role as a medical professional is to remain calm, and give 100% to each of your patients to ensure there are no errors in diagnosis, treatment or follow up. Explain that you understand the pressure of your job and that you have experienced similar pressure before. Your experience handling stress well will speak volumes.
"I work closely with my administrative staff to ensure that my calendar and patient load for the day is accurate. I have a great relationship with my administrative staff which allows me to simply see patients while they take care of the behind the scenes details for me, alleviating any stress that might come up."
"Prioritizing my responsibilities so I have a clear idea of what needs to be done helps me effectively manage work stress."
There are so many things you have accomplished along the way. Choose an accomplishment that directly relates to your background as an Allergist. If you are a new graduate, choose an accomplishment from college.
"I have several notable accomplishments in my career. Probably the most notable accomplishment was my clinical research of pediatric food allergies. I developed a more accurate diagnostic testing for food allergies and food allergy immunotherapy."
" My greatest accomplishment has been the year spent in Clinical Research with new vaccine development. It was a huge accomplishment to be a part of the team developing the future of immunotherapy."
Everyone has experienced disappointments in the workplace. Be sure to talk about your biggest let down but end on a positive note. Tell the interviewer that you have come to a place of acceptance about the situation and that you have been able to move on. Explain why you were disappointed and how you handled it.
"My biggest disappointment comes when I am unable to alleviate someone's symptoms as much as I want to. I truly wish that it was always a happy ending for everyone that sees me. I am able to focus on the positive, however; realizing that I am able to help the majority of people I come across."
"I still regret turning down the job at the local hospital, but, I got some great and unique experience elsewhere. If had I taken that job, I probably wouldn’t be sitting here learning about this great opportunity."
As an Allergist, difficult situations come up with patients, outside agencies and other medical professionals. The interviewer wants to hire a person who can work well, deliver on time as well as handle the difficult situations that might come across in their professional life. The interviewer wants to see that you have resilience, problem-solving skills, initiative and the ability to work around less-than desirable situations. Don't bring up a catastrophe that resulted in personal or professional failure. We recommend sticking to a story with a happy ending. Skip the situational story about a personal clash with a co-worker. Tell the interviewer about a professional challenge that places you in a positive light.
"I had a patient complaint to address. After hearing the patients concern it turned out it was a miscommunication. I was able to identify their concern, re-work my delivery while providing the information in a clearer way for the patient to understand. The situation taught me that even though my patients may tell me they understand sometimes they don't. I've made a point to take a few extra minutes with each client to assure they understand before sending them on their way."
"Interpersonal office situations can always be difficult. I encourage an open relationship with my co-workers to discuss any differences and any concerns they may have."
You work great with people! You are in the people business and the interviewer wants to hear that you work well with all types of people from patients to other health care professionals.
"I love working with people. I'm flexible and approachable in the workplace, understanding that things can change quickly. I encourage open communication with my coworkers and address the concerns they may have."
"I work well with others and value their contributions when working collaboratively. I am also very approachable and always willing to help and support my coworkers when needed."
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.
"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."
"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."
When answering this question, give the interviewer an idea of the tools you use to stay organized. Tell the interviewer that you keep a calendar, make lists, set alarms on your phone... whatever you need to stay on task and on time. When you have multiple high priority objectives, you need to be able to explain how you dedicate your time to each one to accomplish each task efficiently. calendar up to date, your email inbox organized, or your trusty to-do list right next to you.
"When prioritizing, I look at the deadlines first. Then, based on urgency, I decide where to focus my attention first."
"I check in with my supervisor daily to add their requests to my to-do list and prioritize as needed."
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.
"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."
This is a great chance to show that you understand who you are. Graciously share your best asset, and explain how this asset makes you the best Allergist for the job. Struggling to come up with your best asset? Think about the common praises you received in past performance reviews, or ask a respected colleague for their opinion. With this option, tell the interviewer that people have told you this is your best asset, and explain how you feel it has positively affected your professional career.
"I am creative and innovative, always seeking to better myself and the care that I provide to my patients."
"My greatest strength or asset is my work ethic. I’m driven to succeed and deliver results."
"my greatest strength, it would be my work ethic. I’m driven to succeed and deliver results,"
An employee who keeps themselves updated with current technology is always considered to be an asset for an organization. Indicate what recognized industry and technology events you attend, what websites you regularly visit, what professional organizations you are a part of.
"I am always interested in knowing what new updates are coming up in my profession. Professionally it gives me an edge over others and satisfies my desire to learn more. I regularly attend webinars and online conferences. I am a regular member of certain online communities and forums where I contribute on a regular basis."
"I read about new research and development going on in the Medical Industry."
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.
"My most significant accomplishment so far in my career has been completing my residency in Pediatrics. Working with children can be challenging but fun."
As a medical professional working with patients you research problems on a daily basis. Tell the interviewer about a particular situation, how you researched the problem and what the outcome was. Tell the interviewer about a time that a patient came back to you twice because his symptoms weren't being relieved or the time that you discovered the patients immunosuppressive injections were not created correctly.
"I had been treating a patients asthma for 3 months and had to do extensive research because I couldn't seem to get his symptoms under control. After requesting the patient keep a journal I was able to determine that they were not avoiding their triggers which was impeding on our treatment. We were able to come up with a new plan and control his asthma."
"Food allergies are always hard to detect. Besides immunotherapy, there have been times I've had to have parents keep food diaries so we could narrow down the issue."
The interviewer is asking this question to see what unique quality or skill you have that makes you stand out from the rest. If you are having a hard time narrowing down your list ask a few former co-workers or family members what they feel is the one unique thing that sets you apart from the other candidates. Their perceptions will help you understand how you are perceived and what makes you the perfect person for the opportunity.
"You should hire me because I have the list of qualifications you are looking for, great communication skills and bedside manner with my patients."
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.
"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."
"I would describe my work ethic as dependable, respectful and accountable."
As an Allergist you specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, asthma and other diseases of the immune system. You take the medical history of your patients, perform physical examinations and treat with specific allergy and/or breathing tests. Your results guide a personalized treatment plan which typically includes measures to avoid or eliminate triggers, recommendations for medications and education to help you take an active role in treating your disease.
As an Allergist you've attended medical school, at least three years of residency in pediatrics or internal medicine, then at least two years of specialized training in allergy and immunology. Active listening, monitoring and critical thinking are just a few skills needed to be an Allergist. Tell the interviewer how assessing and monitoring your patients both in and out of the office have been successful in their treatment.
The interviewer will see that you meet all the qualifications by reading your resume- how will you stand apart from the rest? Tell the interviewer was was unique about your training, what special groups you were a part of, what complex patients you've had and how you played a role in their treatment. Because you may be part of a multidisciplinary team, tell the interviewer how you work closely with other providers to provide the best care to your patients.