Caloric test, Auditory reflex testing, Tympanometry OH MY! There are a number of tests you can perform on your patients depending on their symptoms. If you are applying for a position within a clinic that specializes in cochlear implants then discuss your experience with Electrocochleography and Video Head Impulse Tests. Know the speciality and speak to the testing that would be performed there.
"I work closely with our SLP's to develop a plan for the patient after performing an audiogram."
As an Audiologist, you'll do everything from examining patients who have hearing, balance, or related ear problems, keep records on the progress of patients or fit cochlear implants. Tell the interviewer the particular tests and steps you would take with a new patient.
"The initial exam consists of the history intake and overview of why they are there to see me. "
Because you've done your homework on the position you are interviewing for, you'll want to answer the question based on the particular vacancy. If you are applying to work at an elementary school, then your answer should be working with children. Working at a VA clinic? Your answer should be that you enjoy working with adults best. If you would like to mention both adults and children just follow each with a brief reason why.
"I enjoy working with both populations. I enjoy learning and spending time with senior citizens and I also like having fun with children. "
Because you have an awesome administrative team you'll look to them to help you find room in your schedule to see this patient. Let the interviewer know that you'll take a few minutes to introduce yourself to the patient, explain that there are no openings but that you will do your best to see them as soon as possible. Relay to the interviewer that you will want to give the patient as much information about the wait to avoid any grumpy patients. You can also let the interviewer know that you can see if other staff members can step in and assist to help free up some time in your schedule.
"My administrative staff has 4- 15 minute time blocks built into my schedule for situations just like that. If these time blocks aren't used for walk-ins I'm able to utilize them for administrative time."
Have you ever wanted to be a part of a humanitarian to a less fortunate country? Is there an annual conference you have never been to and would like to? What ever the event is, tell the interviewer why it instructs you and how it would advance your career. What would you learn? What could you bring back to your office and teach the team?
"I'd love to be a part of a humanitarian visit to a third world country."
When answering this question it will be important to briefly explain your day and your interaction with other healthcare professionals as well as patients. Make sure to highlight a few positives like keeping on schedule, educating patients and working well with other co-workers.
"I perform diagnostic testing to evaluate my patients hearing ability as well as treat hearing loss with hearing aids and other assisted-listening devices as needed. I also spend a great deal of time counseling patients and their families regarding their hearing and ways that they can maximize communication ability."
As an Audiologist you know that you can't possibly take care of everything on your own, you need a strong administrative staff. Tell the interviewer how you've built strong working relationships with your staff and you attribute your success to them today. You can highlight a few of the administrative tasks that they perform that you are grateful for. By showing your appreciation towards your staff you'll show the interviewer that you are a team player.
"The front office staff is the reason my clinic runs so efficiently and smoothly. They handle all the administrative duties as well as my calendar. I'm very greatfull to have a wonderful team."
This question is a great way to tell the interviewer a bit more about yourself. Because this can be a personal question be sure to keep it brief. Did you decide to be an Audiologist because someone in your family visited one? Do you have a neighbor with special needs and it their visits to the Audiologist inspired you?
"When I was in my 2nd year and I was performing practical testing. I fell in love with the technology and how it can assist people with audiology disorders."
As an Audiologist, you are responsible for the fitting, dispensing and management of a hearing device. You counsel the patient about their hearing loss, the application of certain processes to enhance communication, and the skills training regarding environmental modifications which will facilitate the development of receptive and expressive communication. Tell the interviewer about the hearing aid and assistive listening devices you work with most. Be sure to highlight what type of patients you work with most.
"Each week we hold a sign language class at our clinic that I teach. I developed this group based on the number of patients relying on and family members that wanted to be more efficient at it."
If you don't have a story to share on this topic just tell the interviewer how you would handle the situation. Because technology can fail sometimes you will keep an open relationship with the patient and let them know that they can come back if a problem arises. You'll address the situation calmly as to not upset the patient if they are already upset or irritated.
"I encountered an issue with a patient last week that was actually a simple fix. My technician had fitted the device with the wrong battery. We swapped out the battery and it worked fine."
There is no right or wrong way to answer this question. This question is a great way to break the ice especially if the interviewer can relate to your other career path. If you always wanted to be a juggler in the circus then own it!! Go ahead and let the interviewer know if your back up career path turned into a volunteer gig. It will show the interviewer that you still stay interested hobbies and passions, even if they have nothing to do with being an Audiologist.
"I've always wanted work within the medical career field. I considered becoming an RN but changed gears once I was in my clinicals working alongside an Audiologists office. I went back to school and here I am!"
Busy, quiet, one on one, within a team or independently, you can do it all. This question can be your ticket to find out what type of work the particular position is for. Turn the tables and ask the interviewer to explain what type of environment the job is in, what experience you have working in that environment and add how you can add to it.
"I thrive in a work environment that is positive and uplifting."
When answering this question you will want to consider qualities that are relevant to this position. Good communication skills, attention to detail, and technical mindset are all important characteristics for any Audiologist. Show off your strengths, like having a good attitude when faced with a difficult situation or being willing to go above and beyond expectations to help someone out. Don't be afraid to brag a little, but keep it relevant.
"My peers would describe me as a passionate, hardworking contributor to the workplace."
To prepare for this interview question, do your homework and find out what the average salary is in the location you are looking to be an Audiologist. Remember this is just the first interview and you haven't been offered the job yet. The first interview is not the time to enter negotiations. Go ahead and give a broad salary range without selling yourself short.
"I'm looking for a salary range between 80K and 120K a year."
"I'm hoping to be around my current salary of $75K. What does this position start at?"
Don't be confused by this question and answer it with something not work related. The interviewer isn't interested in hearing about your weakness for chocolate cake or weakness for cuddling cute puppies. The interviewer wants to know about a weakness you have when it comes to being an Audiologist. Is your weakness public speaking? Allowing others to take on a lead role? Being too hard on yourself? Whatever your weakness is, own it and end your answer with how you are working on making it one of your strengths.
"One of my weaknesses is wanting to chat with the patients a bit during our appointment and it makes me a few minutes behind in my day. I'm lucky enough in my day to have about 20 minutes of cushion in my schedule to allow this. I love being able to have a personable conversation with my clients so they don't feel I'm quick to see them and get them out."
This answer needs to be memorized. Hiring managers will ask this question every time. Be confident in your strength and relay how it will be an added bonus to the team.
"My greatest strength is that I am a true team player. The saying 'It's not my job' does not exist for me. Sometimes this means that I help with administrative tasks and sometimes this means that I help order supplies. Whatever the team needs, I am committed to getting it done."
"My greatest strength is my patience. Working with difficult patients takes a great deal of patience which can be challenged each appointment but learned techniques and tricks to help me keep my cool."
As an Audiologist, inventory management may not be a part of your daily job but you know the basics. Tell the interviewer how you work alongside your administrative staff and assist with maintaining inventory. Let the interviewer know that you are able to evaluate your patients and future appointments to be able to work with staff and assist with orders and requirements.
"In my current position, I do not have the additional duty of ordering supplies. I would be quite happy learning the process here and being a part of the process."
The interviewer is looking for a 'YES' from you on this answer. If you have never been part of hiring clinic staff, let the interviewer know but that you would be comfortable doing so. If you have had the opportunity to hire clinic staff to tell the interviewer what your role was. Did you review resumes and determine who would come in for an interview? Did you direct the questions and answers? Where you the one that called candidates for follow-up interviews? Did you conduct phone screenings?
"I was responsible for being a part of the hiring panel for our last three staff members. I developed the interview questions as well as leading the discussions afterward to make a decision on a candidate."
In addition to learning sign language, you must also learn about and respect deaf culture. Have you had the opportunity to work with patients in a hearing clinic or neuroscience lab? Did you take a course in school? Are you self-taught? Let the interviewer know that you have been able to effectively communicate with your deaf patients through sign language.
"I do feel it is important for an Audiologist to learn sign language. Sign language is sometimes the only way a patient knows how to interact, and I need to know how to help them."
As an Audiologist, you know the importance of volunteer work. You may have volunteered for a school screening or for a humanitarian in Costa Rica. What have you learned through volunteering? How did you make a difference? Have you encouraged others to volunteer? Tell the interviewer that you intend to continue to volunteer alongside your full-time employment, even if it is just a few hours a month.
"Volunteering with less fortunate children is what helped me decide that I wanted to be an Audiologist. As a volunteer, I provided my friendship to these children and I knew I wanted to do more."
"I volunteered about 2 months ago by helping my daughters school Audiologist with annual screenings."
The interviewer knows you are a good candidate by reading your resume, now they want to know if you are easy to work with. What would others say about your management style? How does your workplace culture impact the attitudes of your employees? Answer this question with the style of management you have. Do you run a tight ship with a buttoned-down attitude or show flexibility to your employees.
"I strive to create an open and honest welcoming work environment."
As an Audiologist, you constantly challenge yourself to learn and improve your skills. Talk about a particular challenge you've faced and how you've overcome and learned from it. Do you empower your co-workers to challenge themselves and learn from their experiences? Do you look forward to a challenge to make the job even more exciting and rewarding?
"I decided that I wanted to learn a new language. I learned French over a years time and was able to participate in a humanitarian as an Audiologist."
Because of time restraints, briefly, walk the interviewer through your post-secondary experience. Highlight your favorite course work and mention any awards or special recognition that you received.
"I attended the University of Montana and graduated top of my class. My favorite class was Methods of Research for Speech Pathology. This class inspired me to learn sign language."
As an Audiologist, you sometimes have to be both creative as well as a critical thinker. Explain to the interviewer how you have to be more creative in order to get a test accomplished with an autistic child. Tell the interviewer how you use your critical thinking skills when you are trying to determine a diagnosis with an elderly patient. Have examples of both ready to share if time permits.
"I have to put my creative problem-solving hat on when working with autistic children and apply critical thinking skills with my difficult cases."
Sometimes advertisements in your local newspaper aren't enough to get new patients. Let the interviewer know that because of your reputation and customer service you've had great success securing patients through word of mouth from your current patients. Answer this question upbeat and positive. Show your excitement for the profession and how you could bring a new patient to the office.
"I have a Patient Referral Bonus System. Each time a patient is referred by one of my patients I credit their account $25."
As an Audiologist you enjoy visiting clinics, hospitals, and schools- they keep you busy and employed! Have a short example/story available for each location and why you enjoy working there. Do you enjoy working with kids in the schools? Enjoy the busy days at hospitals? Tell the interviewer why you like working at all locations.
"I haven't had the opportunity yet to work within the school system. Does this position support the local school system?"
Your patient's feedback will say a lot about you as an Audiologist. Let the interviewer know that your patients would say that you are knowledgeable, kind and helpful. Go ahead and share a brief story about a time you helped a patient and they let you know how much it meant to them.
"My patients would say that I'm a very patient person. I pride myself on being a very patient person, especially with my elderly patients. Sometimes just being patient and taking a few extra moments with them means a lot."
"My patients would say that I'm a caring and humble Dr."
As an Audiologist you diagnose and treat a patient’s hearing and balance problems using advanced technology and procedures. You will use audiometers, computers, and other devices to test patients' hearing ability and balance, determine the extent of hearing damage and identify the underlying cause. You'll do everything from fitting and dispensing hearing aides to counseling patients and their families on ways to listen and communicate such as lip reading and sign language.
The doctoral degree in audiology (Au.D.) and a current license is required to be an Audiologist. Graduate coursework in audiology includes anatomy, physiology, physics, genetics, normal and abnormal communication development, diagnosis and treatment, pharmacology, and ethics. In addition to the required eduction, successful Audiologist have excellent attention to detail, intense concentration and critical thinking. If you are a new graduate then the key is preparation. Once you have secured an interview, preparation should begin.
To prepare for this interview, there are three things you can consider: How your credentials match the pre-requisites, how your education has provided you proper training for the position and how your relevant experience will help you with the skills needed for the position. Research the hospital/clinic or school that you are interested in working for. If it is a larger hospital, search the internet to find out key information. If it is a smaller private clinic or school, visit the location or talk to someone who has worked there. It will be helpful to find out as much as you can about the work environment, the size of the hospital and he competitive analysis.