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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
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Question 1 of 28
Tell me about your leadership qualities.
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The interviewer would like to know what you consider to be strong leadership qualities. When describing leadership qualities, try to avoid general terms and give some unique ideas.

A great leader is someone who people naturally want to follow. They have exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with nearly any personality type. A respected leader will take ownership of their mistakes and will always lead their team by example. True leaders see the importance of motivating others and recognizing even the smallest achievements. Which of these qualities do you most identify?
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1.
Tell me about your leadership qualities.
The interviewer would like to know what you consider to be strong leadership qualities. When describing leadership qualities, try to avoid general terms and give some unique ideas.

A great leader is someone who people naturally want to follow. They have exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with nearly any personality type. A respected leader will take ownership of their mistakes and will always lead their team by example. True leaders see the importance of motivating others and recognizing even the smallest achievements. Which of these qualities do you most identify?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have taken many workshops and courses to improve my leadership skills over the years. My leadership qualities are best summed as dedicated, attentive, and motivating. I like to recognize my support staff's small wins because that motivates them to continue achieving."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I'm new to my career, so my workplace leadership experience is somewhat limited. With that said, I possess great leadership qualities that include diligence, tenacity, and open communication. I look forward to taking these skills to work for you!"
2.
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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3.
How do you manage your time?
Time management skills are crucial to being a successful anesthesiologist. You will juggle multiple patients and projects and will need some sort of system to keep track of it all. Tell the interviewer about the system you utilize to manage your time.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Time management is an important part of meeting deadlines and being successful in my role as an anesthesiologist. While there are general activities that are ongoing in my role, I manage my time based on pressing projects and the needs of the people I support in my role. When necessary, I adapt and ensure flexibility in my time management."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Time management is imperative to stay on schedule with my patients and procedures. Being able to manage my time effectively will help me build time into my schedule in case an emergency comes up."
4.
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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5.
We believe in the continual development of our faculty, both professionally and personally. What is your self-development plan?
Having a self-development plan is incredibly important for anyone. The interviewers want to know what your plan is, and how working at their facility will be beneficial to that path. If they are going to invest in you, they need to know that you have a plan in place for investing in yourself also.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I agree that self-development is crucial for continued growth and achievement. I am committed to investing in myself, and some of the ways I do this is by attending personal development workshops, and meeting with my mentor once per month."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Some ideas for self-development:

- Listening to an inspiring podcaster
- Attending personal development workshops
- Spending time volunteering in a capacity related to your career goals
- Utilizing a mentor
- Learning another language
- Reading books associated with success"
6.
What type of work schedule are you looking for?
Talk to the hiring manager about your schedule and flexibility in hours. Be honest about your availability and expectations and ensure that the interviewer is clear with you on their expectations, as well.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that as an anesthesiologist, my hours may be sporadic and not always pre-determined. I went into this field with a strong understanding that I would be expected to work a wide range of hours. I can make myself available whenever needed."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am new to my career as an anesthesiologist and understand that my hours need to be extra flexible as I build my career. I can make most schedules work. What are your expectations for this role?"
7.
What precautions do you take for a patient with poor health?
Poor health can range from a patient with diabetes to a patient that smokes a pack of cigarettes a day. Let the interviewer know that you gear your procedure counseling to make the patient aware of complications they may face if they don't follow before and aftercare instructions, or fail to answer your pre-op questions truthfully. Walk the interviewer through a list of items you routinely ask your patients.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The day before a procedure I schedule an appointment with my patients to explain the procedure, the outcome and answer a few questions that I have in regards to their health. The more I know about the patient and their health history, the better I can care for them while they are under."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have been taught that when a patient has high-risk factors such as being a heavy smoker or being obese, I must take the time to explain the risks to them before proceeding carefully. I will also be sure to get a second opinion from a more seasoned anesthesiologist."
8.
Would you ever consider relocation?
The interviewer wants to know if you would relocate if circumstances changed for you. If picking up and moving your family across the country isn't your plan then be sure to let them know that. If working between two clinics, with some overnight travel, wouldn't bother you then let the interviewer know.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I wouldn't consider relocating to a different state, but I would consider working with the three other hospitals you have in the valley. I am a strong team player and would collaborate with other facilities."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am new to the medical industry and will happily pursue an opportunity anywhere within the united states."
9.
If you could meet anyone in the history of medicine, who would you choose and why?
This is more of a personal interest question, and you really cannot give a wrong answer here. Think back to any of the' founding fathers' (and mothers!) of medicine. Who has a story that resonates with you the most? What did they overcome, and how can you relate? What did they discover/ create/invent that you admire so much? It's also a great idea to think of the most burning question you would have for that individual. Be sure to add passion to your answer so that the interviewers can sense a genuine interest.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"If I could meet anyone in the history of medicine, I would go back to the very beginning and meet Hippocrates. I find it fascinating that he was the first person ever to believe that disease and death were not a result of the anger of gods. I would ask him what that first conversation sounded like...when he first said to others, that superstitious belief does not cause disease. He would have had to have faced so many roadblocks yet he continued to believe in his work."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"That's a great question! If I could meet anyone in the history of medicine, I would meet Virginia Apgar. She paved the way for women in medicine and also introduced obstetrical considerations to neonatology. She also invented the Apgar score. Now, that's fascinating!"
10.
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."
11.
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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12.
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.) "
13.
What aspect of anesthesiology excites you the most?
This question provides an excellent opportunity to show the interviewer how much you enjoy your job. Do you enjoy working with a particular type of patient most? Perhaps you enjoy the rush of an emergency c-section or the intricacies of being present in heart surgery. Talk to the interviewer about the aspect of your practice that excites you.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Working within Obstetrics excites me the most. Being able to be a part of a families excitement makes me love my job every day."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some of the areas where you can specialize as an anesthesiologist:

- Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
- Critical Care Anesthesia
- Neurosurgical Anesthesia
- Obstetric Anesthesia
- Orthopedic Anesthesia
- Pain Medicine
- Pediatric Anesthesia"
14.
Why did you want to become an anesthesiologist?
The interviewer is trying to get to know you better. Have you always been interested in medicine? Did you spend time as a medical professional in another specialty and decide you wanted to enroll in an anesthesia training program? Tell the interviewer a bit about your journey as a medical provider and what made you want to specialize as an anesthesiologist.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My father was an anesthesiologist, and I grew up knowing I would likely follow the same path. It was an easy decision for me, and I am so happy to have pursued this specialty."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"When I was in medical school, and it was time for me to choose my specialty, anesthesiology stood out to me because it is a unique and highly technical avenue in medicine. I am happy that I chose this specialty and have never looked back."
15.
Who has been your mentor during your career as an anesthesiologist?
Your life's inspiration can come from a book, a mentor, your family, a celebrity, an author. Anyone! Having a mentor in our lives can help encourage and empower us to take a step in the right direction. You can learn valuable business and life skills from your mentor, including best business practices, appropriate behaviors, and protocols. They provide insight, perspective, vision and provide a sounding board.

Did you seek out a mentor from the very beginning, hearing lessons that your mentor has learned along the way through their past experiences? Has your mentor been a family member, professor or fellow doctor? Tell the interviewer how this mentor has helped you become the anesthesiologist you are today.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I find inspiration in a variety of people and things. I would have to say that the person who has most greatly inspired me has been my grandmother. She always had a smile on her face no matter how hard she worked and she loved everyone. She was well respected and always gave more than she received. I try to live with her as much as I can."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My mentor has been my father. My father is also an anesthesiologist, so he has been able to help and guide me get to where I am today."
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Interview Questions
  1. Tell me about your leadership qualities.
  2. In your opinion, what is the most concerning issue facing the medical industry today?
  3. How do you manage your time?
  4. Where do you see your career as an anesthesiologist taking you in the next 5 years?
  5. We believe in the continual development of our faculty, both professionally and personally. What is your self-development plan?
  6. What type of work schedule are you looking for?
  7. What precautions do you take for a patient with poor health?
  8. Would you ever consider relocation?
  9. If you could meet anyone in the history of medicine, who would you choose and why?
  10. What do you know about our hospital?
  11. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  12. How well do you think you have performed in this interview today?
  13. What aspect of anesthesiology excites you the most?
  14. Why did you want to become an anesthesiologist?
  15. Who has been your mentor during your career as an anesthesiologist?
  16. As an anesthesiologist, there is a chance that your patient will not make it out of surgery. How would you handle that?
  17. What do you feel is the single most important quality an anesthesiologist should possess?
  18. What questions do you have for us?
  19. What is your communication objective with a patient prior to surgery?
  20. How would you like to see the delivery of healthcare evolve?
  21. What are your salary expectations?
  22. What has been your biggest a challenge as an anesthesiologist, and what did you learn from it?
  23. Are there any situations when a physician is justified in lying to a patient?
  24. What other hospitals have you applied to?
  25. How do you express your opinions on controversial topics such as abortion, euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, and cloning?
  26. What is the most valuable lesson you have learned through your work as an anesthesiologist?
  27. We want an anesthesiologist who has a true passion for medicine. What appeals to you most about working in this field?
  28. What do you like most about your current position?
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