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Anesthesiologist Interview Questions

28 Anesthesiologist Interview Questions
Question 1 of 28
In your opinion, what is the most concerning issue facing the medical industry today?
How to Answer
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.

Answer Example
"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?"
Entry Level Example
"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?"
Experienced Example
"Quite often we have a shortage of medication. I was able to set up a program with another facility to provide medication to one another if needed. We've been able to help each other out quite often; however, this should never be a concern in the medical industry, in the first place. What is the most concerning issue you face at this facility?"
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Question 2 of 28
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
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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!

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"I have many accomplishments that I am very proud of during my career as an anesthesiologist. Overall, I would say that my greatest work accomplishment is the positive reputation that I have in this industry."
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Question 3 of 28
Where do you see your career as an anesthesiologist taking you in the next 5 years?
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How to Answer
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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"Five years from now, I would like to be teaching residents in this department. I feel like I am progressing at a rate that will make this a possibility."
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Question 4 of 28
What do you know about our hospital?
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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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"Over my years of experience as an anesthesiologist, I have worked with many medical professionals who trained through your hospital. Reputation is important to me, and I know yours is unmatched, which is why I have continued to keep a pulse on new openings at your facility. I am also aware that your hospital consists of 5 large facilities as well as 23 satellite clinics over two states. Your facilities are growing at a rapid pace, and I'd be very excited to join the team."
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Question 5 of 28
How well do you think you have performed in this interview today?
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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.

Answer Example
"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?"
Entry Level Example
"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.) "
Experienced Example
"I have greatly enjoyed our conversation today, and I look forward to furthering conversations with your team. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from our meeting today?"
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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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.
First written on: 03/30/2016
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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About Anesthesiologist

August 17th, 2017

An Anesthesiologist makes sure that surgeries go smoothly when a patient undergoes anesthesia. In some cases, irregularities in blood pressure or heart rate during surgery can lead to grave consequences. Anesthesiologist care for all ages of patients. Anesthesiologists assure the right dose of medication is administered an infant whose organs are still underdeveloped and who cannot speak to tell you that he's in pain as well as the correct dosage of medication to a mother in labor.

Anesthesiologists are self-motivated and able to work long hours under pressure. Good communication and decision making skills are a must as an Anesthesiologist. As a member of a surgical team, Anesthesiologists must be especially calm and cooperative.

To prepare for your interview just review the details on your resume. The interviewer will have done their homework on you. You look good on paper so now all you need to do is find out more about the facility and how your skills are going to be addition to the team. Have you had the opportunity to work within a facility with specialty clinics allowing you to have complex patients?