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Anesthesiologist Assistant Interview

25 Anesthesiologist Assistant Interview Questions

By: Heather Douglass

Question 1 of 25
Why are you the best anesthesiologist assistant for us?
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How to Answer
The interviewer is asking this question to determine how the candidate feels about their qualifications, how well they would fit into their organization, and why they should hire them, versus another candidate. The interviewer is likely interviewing many candidates for the position, and they would like to understand why each candidate feels they are the best fit for the position. One can typically learn a lot about how a person feels about themselves if they directly ask them. To successfully answer this question, the candidate should focus on the unique skills that they possess as well as other achievements or professional accolades. The candidate should avoid comparing themselves to other candidates, as they are unaware of their skill sets and qualifications.

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Question 2 of 25
How do you handle conflict in the workplace?
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How to Answer
Because anesthesiologist assistants often have to work in teams with other colleagues and with patients and their families, conflict often arises in the workplace. The interviewer is asking this question to determine how the candidate handles conflict between co-workers, patients, and/or families. The ability of an anesthesiologist assistant to effectively manage conflict in the workplace is an essential function of position. To effectively answer this question, the candidate should avoid venting or complaining about current or previous workplace culture or conflicts. Instead, the candidate should describe how they would take accountability during a conflict, whether or not they perceived being at fault for the conflict or not. The candidate can provide a stronger answer to this question by giving a concrete example of how they professionally resolved a workplace conflict in the past.

Question 3 of 25
How many years of experience do you have as an anesthesiologist assistant?
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This question is important to the interviewer as they want to assess the experience level of the candidate, as it relates to the role of anesthesiologist assistant. Depending on the type of facility the position is located in, and the complexity of procedures that the candidate will be assisting with, the required or preferred years of experience will vary. Information on required or preferred years of experience should be included in the position announcement, and the candidate should be aware of this figure prior to the interview. In order to successfully answer this question, the candidate should provide an honest answer and explain their experience only as it relates to providing care as an anesthesiologist assistant. In cases where the candidate is a new graduate or newly certified, it would be appropriate to use examples from their clinical training.

Question 4 of 25
Do you use Atropine on a patient who has had a heart transplant?
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How to Answer
The interviewer is asking this question to assess the candidate's knowledge on how to care for a patient during and after a heart transplant. Because the anesthesiology assistant is required to administer drugs and medications to patients during and after operations, it is extremely important that they understand which drugs are appropriate for which patients. In the case of administering Atropine for heart transplant patients, it is contraindicated, because the patients' hearts are denervated and will not respond to the drug. To successfully answer this question, the candidate should clearly state that they will not administer Atropine and provide an example of an alternative drug they would administer to a heart transplant patient instead.

Question 5 of 25
What experience do you have administering regional anesthesia during surgical procedures?
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At times, for surgical procedures, it is necessary or more beneficial to perform the procedure using regional anesthesia rather than general anesthesia. With regional anesthesia, the patient remains alert or can be sedated during the procedure, and medication is injected near a cluster of nerves to numb only the area that requires surgery. This type of anesthesia can be used on many types of surgical procedures, including but not limited to: orthopedic, gastrointestinal, gynecological, vascular, and urological. The interviewer is asking this question to determine how much experience the candidate has with administering regional anesthesia and what types of procedures they have administered regional anesthesia for. To successfully answer this question, the candidate should describe their experience, in detail, with administering regional anesthesia, including the types of procedures they have administered regional anesthesia for.

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Writers for Anesthesiologist Assistant Answers and Questions

Heather Douglass
Heather Douglass has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
Kelly Burlison
Kelly Burlison, MPH is an experienced professional with over ten years of experience in the health care field, half of which are focused in IT subindustry of health care. As an administrator in a managed care organization, Kelly has successfully interviewed and hired many clinical and support staff positions. Through her IT experience in the health care field, which includes roles in telemedicine, registry operations, quality measurement, and business process management, Kelly has been involved in the interview process for many different positions, from entry-level to executive.
First written on: 05/29/2013
Last modified on: 02/17/2019

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About Anesthesiologist Assistant

February 17th, 2019

Anesthesiologist assistants are highly skilled health professionals who implement anesthesiology care for patients. They work under the supervision of a licensed anesthesiologist and are involved with the full range of aspects of applying anesthesia to patients, including the calibration of equipment, drawing blood for testing, and evaluating a patient's medical history as it relates to potential complications. Anesthesiologist assistants work in hospitals and medical centers and during normal work hours, though evening and weekend assignments are possible as well. A master's degree in anesthesiology is required, as well as certification.

Job openings for anesthesiologist assistants can be found on the websites of healthcare companies and medical institutes. Vacancies can also be found through the career centers of universities with anesthesiology programs. The interview process for potential anesthesiologist assistants will focus on your technical knowledge of anesthesiology and your ability to deliver care in an appropriate manner and at the required pace. You'll be assessed on your adaptability and ability to apply new knowledge that you've learned, as well as your ability to communicate and work in a team. Patient safety and learning from real-world clinical situations are key concerns.

To prepare for an interview for anesthesiologist assistants, keep in mind the big impact that you'll have on the safety of patients and what's at risk if you fail. The interviewer(s) will need to know that you can excel on the job. While technical knowledge of anesthesiology is essential, the application of that knowledge in a clinical setting is extremely important. Think about times when you were able to improve patient safety. Also think about how you're able to observe and adapt quickly: what information do you take in, how do you process it, and what do you differently when reacting to that new information? Finally, be prepared to talk about why you're applying to that facility in particular, and show that you're proactive in anticipating needs, such as bringing full documentation of your qualifications—being over-prepared demonstrates your thoroughness and initiative.