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28 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 28
In your opinion, what is the most concerning issue facing the medical industry today?
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Being a medical professional means that you need to take a keen interest in current events by carefully following the challenges the medical industry faces. The interviewers want to see that your attention is rooted and that you spend time learning, and understanding, the challenges you face in your career as an anesthesiologist.

Discuss what you feel to be a primary concerning issue, and be sure to ask the interviewers what they personally see as the most concerning issue in the medical field today. This is an opportunity to start a very insightful conversation.
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1.
In your opinion, what is the most concerning issue facing the medical industry today?
Being a medical professional means that you need to take a keen interest in current events by carefully following the challenges the medical industry faces. The interviewers want to see that your attention is rooted and that you spend time learning, and understanding, the challenges you face in your career as an anesthesiologist.

Discuss what you feel to be a primary concerning issue, and be sure to ask the interviewers what they personally see as the most concerning issue in the medical field today. This is an opportunity to start a very insightful conversation.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I feel that the most concerning issue in the medical industry is the continual rise of drug prices. The best medications should be accessible to anyone, regardless of their financial or social status, and there has been a rising concern with big pharma creating drugs and then pricing them so high that they are unattainable to most. What do you feel are the most concerning issues facing the medical industry today?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"From what I have seen so far, I believe that the staffing shortage in the medical industry is a considerable concern. I have seen patients with critical needs sitting on wait lists for months, and that is very concerning. What concerns you most in our industry?"
Anonymous Answer
"We have had an exodus of medical professionals, both physicians and nurses, from this institution over the last few months. It is concerning that we are unable to retain individuals to remain in these posts or to attract new people."
Rachelle's Answer
Curious if this response can relate industry-wide, or is just pertaining to the institution where you work?
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Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
Talking about your most significant accomplishment will give the interviewer a definite idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and be recognized for my dedication."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My greatest accomplishment has been becoming the first child in my family to earn their Ph.D. It's an exciting time for my family."
Anonymous Answer
"My research project looked at morbidity and mortality of patients admitted with a hip fracture at the QEH. We found that the average time to surgery was approximately 21 days. The recommended time is 48 hours. I developed a hip fracture protocol which is being used by the departments of orthopedics, accidents, and emergency and anesthesia, which significantly reduces time to surgery and as a result associated morbidity."
Rachelle's Answer
Very solid answer, and example. This is well explained, even to a layman. Nice work!
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Where do you see your career as an anesthesiologist taking you in the next 5 years?
It's impossible to know where you will be in 5 years but you need to assure the interviewer that, given all possible circumstances, you see yourself working as an anesthesiologist for the long term.

With the advancements in technology and medicine that are happening, this question can be your chance to tell the interviewer that you are excited to be a part of the action. Perhaps you would like to be working as the head of a department, or teaching students who are in their residency program. Maybe you want to return to school to upgrade your education even further. The energy that you put into this answer will show the interviewer your motivation level.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within this facility. My career interests align very nicely with your hospital's growth goals. I see a great long-term fit here."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In five years I would like to be seen as an authority in our industry. I would like to be well-connected and trusted when it comes to my work within the anesthesiology department."
Anonymous Answer
"I hope to achieve a healthy work/ life balance, where I will focus more on research and writing."
Rachelle's Answer
Solid! If you are comfortable sharing what type of research and writing, or the areas of focus most interesting to you, that would be a great add.
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What do you know about our hospital?
Make sure you do your homework before your interview. Knowing about the hospital will show the interviewer that you are interested in their particular position and not just floating your resume.

First, mention their goals and mission and how they relate to yours. Talk about any awards and accreditations the hospital has. Reviewing the sites annual reports is another excellent way to brush up on the impact their facility is making.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I know that your hospital is the top rated facility for pediatric medicine in this entire state. I was blown away by the positive reviews present online, as well. Your staff and patients seem to all be incredibly happy with the service they receive here."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Your mission, values, and goals as a hospital are what attracted me to the job. I haven't found another organization with goals that align so closely with mine. This reputation is why your hospital is the only hospital that I've applied to."
5.
How well do you think you have performed in this interview today?
This question is a stress test! The interviewers only want to know if you are happy with your performance in the interview. There is always room for improvement; however, you want to avoid picking your meeting apart.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I prepared for the questions that you asked me today and am happy with my performance in this interview. Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today. Can I ask if there is anything I can clarify for you, or elaborate on, from today's conversation?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I prepared for the majority of the questions you have asked me today; however, I would like to clarify my answer on one particular point...." (Then, return to the question you may have stumbled on and answer how you would have liked the first time.) "
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