Chiropractic medicine has moved far beyond just bone cracking, over the decades. Assure the interviewer that you are aware and engaged when it comes to new chiropractic techniques.
"I stay on top of new trends and techniques in therapies through a variety of blogs, chiropractic focused magazines and wellness leaders. I understand that overall wellness is trending and I am happy to be on top of those trends."
What brought you to a career as a chiropractor? Talk to the interviewer about the factors that led you to choose this career path.
"I chose to become a chiropractor because I wanted to follow in my mother's footsteps. Growing up, I always admired how dedicated she was to her profession."
"After being treated by a Sports Chiropractor for a college injury I changed my degree path to pursue medicine."
How has National Health Insurance assisted or hindered your practice and patients? Discuss this topic briefly with the interviewer.
"National Health Insurance has been a very helpful program in many countries all over the world. In the US, our healthcare is a hot topic for many. For those who are insured, it's a very helpful program. I just wish that everyone could be equally covered and insured. When it comes to billing a client, I wish that I could treat everyone the same."
"What are you reading?" is a really great question that allows the interviewer to gain insight into the topics that you prefer to engage yourself in when you are not working. Share with the interviewer what you are currently reading, or what you have most recently read.
"What are you reading?"
The qualities that you admire the most in other chiropractors should be qualities that you possess or are currently working on. Talk to the interviewer about the things that you feel are most important for the success of a medical professional.
"To me, the most important qualities for a medical professional to hold are strong personal values, a genuine compassion for others, and the drive to be the best in their field. These qualities combined have helped me to not only advance in my career but to also earn the respect of my colleagues and patients."
Talk to the interviewer a bit about your personality type. Assure them that you will be a 'fit' for their clinic. You will want to highlight your leadership skills but also the fact that you are able to take direction.
"I consider myself a strong mix of both a leader and a follower. I know when to listen and follow direction and I can easily step into a leadership role when it's required of me. When it comes to my patients, I am certainly more of a leader as I want them to view me as an authority when it comes to their health."
It is important to spend time giving back to your community. Assure the interviewer that you understand the needs of your community and that you are willing to be selfless with your time.
"I have spent the past 5 years volunteering my services at the local women's clinic. I spend 2 Saturday morning's there treating women and their children who could not otherwise afford this type of care. It's been very rewarding."
Are you the type of individual to assist someone in need, without a second thought? Or - are you the type to be very aware of the potential dangers of assisting strangers who could sue you for damages? Talk to the interviewer about how you feel you would react in an emergency situation.
"Medical professional, or not, I am the type of person who will help someone in need without a second thought. It would be very unfortunate to be sued by a victim that I assisted but I suppose I would have to take that chance. In my opinion, I have a moral obligation to help those in need."
Everyone has room to improve in some area. Share with the interviewer the area of your practice where you think you could improve the most. Be careful to avoid talking yourself out of a job. You do not want your largest area of improvement to be a requirement of this role.
"I would like to spend additional time training in Active Release Therapy techniques. It's become a very popular trend and I think it's incredibly effective. I have basic abilities and training already but can always become better."
"I'd like to improve my technique and become more comfortable working with expectant mothers."
Witnessing health care in a third world country is a very eye opening experience. Talk to the interviewer about your exposure to this type of experience.
"In 2008 I spent the year traveling around the world and witnessed the dire health care needs in many countries. It made me so thankful for what we have here. I am able to appreciate my own abilities a bit more and the fact that everyone has access to care."
It is okay to be a little bit personal when you answer a question like this. Talk to the interviewer about the experiences in your personal life that attribute to your path as a chiropractor.
"Growing up, both of my parents had careers in medicine. It was ingrained in me from a young age that being a doctor is a noble profession and very fulfilling. I was very active in sports as a youth and would regularly see a chiropractor. It interested me because it was in the medical field but still allowed for more work/life balance, when compared to a surgeon for example. I had my mind made up from a very young age and I do credit my parents with the initial spark and interest. They have been excellent examples to me."
As a medical professional it can be frustrating and difficult to hear from other well educated peers that your profession isn't 'necessary'. Discuss with the interviewer how you react to these types of allegations and how you combat them.
"When I hear from other medical professionals that chiropractic care is unnecessary I do find it frustrating because not everyone realizes that it is a preventative medicine. Going to the chiropractor on a regular basis can boost your immune system since and adjustment can increase your white blood cell count. There are a multitude of reasons why chiropractic is good for you but you must choose the treatment type that is best for you."
In a world where being a chiropractor is not an option, what other areas of medicine interest you? Talk to the interviewer about the alternate path you would have taken.
"I really enjoy the idea of being a medical professional that helps people with hidden health problems and potential dangers. For this reason, I believe I would have gone into dentistry if being a chiropractor was not an option."
The ability to speak multiple languages can help you in your practice, especially if you live in a region where multiple languages are recognized. Let the interviewer know about any special language related skills you may have.
"I speak fluent English and French and am conversational in Spanish. Are there particular language skills that you are looking for in your clinic?"
Do you feel that your career as a medical professional has also influenced your personal life? Talk to the interviewer about how it has.
"My career in medicine has greatly shaped who I am today. It has made me more compassionate and willing to help others. I am more selfless and aware of the needs of those around me. Especially as a chiropractor, I feel that my exposure to people in pain has made me more empathetic."
What makes you a stand-out candidate compared to the others who are interviewing for this position? Be sure to highlight for the interviewer the skills that you feel are unique and desired. If you can match your skills with the needs of the company, even better!
"After reading through your job description and posting, I know that I am a close match to what you are seeking for your next practitioner. I am highly trained in active release therapy and the Graston Technique. These are two services that you currently do not offer so I feel my skills would be an excellent match for your medical center."
"I've recently finished school so I would come with a new set of eyes, new techniques, and new ideas."
Assure the interviewer that you are a thoughtful and dedicated medical professional. If you had a motto or a personal philosophy when it came to your practice what would it be?
"My personal philosophy when it comes to my medical practice is that everyone deserves to have a healthy body. I spend a lot of my spare time volunteering my chiropractic skills to those who cannot afford it by taking a weekend shift at the local women's clinic."
There has always been some controversy in the medical world on how science plays a part in medicine, especially when it comes to alternative and homeopathic remedies. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on the relationship between science and medicine.
"Medicine and science go hand in hand, in my opinion. They need each other. Medical breakthroughs often rely heavily on science based studies, and vice versa. Most legitimate types of treatment come heavily backed from science. The two need each other not only for their legitimacy but also for the protection of patients."
On a daily basis, what keeps you engaged and happy to come to work? Share with the interviewer what you enjoy the most in your day and why. This will help the interviewer to understand how to best keep you motivated, should you be the successful candidate.
"When it comes to my day to day life as a chiropractor, I am most happy when I get to coach my patients and help them to sustain the work that I do on their bodies through the practice of proper stretching and exercise. I love to help people and it's great when my patients fully embrace the concept of self-care."
If you are passionate about medicine, you likely have a medical trailblazer that you admire. Talk to the interviewer about who that person is to you. If you'd like you can even ask the interviewer the same question in return. This can spark a really interesting conversation that the interviewer won't soon forget. Here is a sample answer: "A particular trailblazer that I would love to have met is Henry Gray. He wrote the most influential textbook on human anatomy, in 1855, called 'Grey's Anatomy'. The detailed descriptions and illustrations were incomparable to anything in its time. It strongly influenced chiropractic medicine."
"A particular trailblazer that I would love to have met is Henry Gray. He wrote the most influential textbook on human anatomy, in 1855, called 'Grey's Anatomy'. The detailed descriptions and illustrations were incomparable to anything in its time. It strongly influenced chiropractic medicine."
"I would have loved to learn from D.D. Palmer. To hear his stories and how he adjusted the spine of a man and restored his hearing would be amazing."
Successful individuals always understand which personality and character traits are responsible for helping them to persevere. What are your favorite things about yourself and how have those qualities helped you to achieve success in your career as a chiropractor? Don't be shy to brag about yourself just a little bit!
"I am successful as a chiropractor because I am driven, I retain important information, and I am compassionate. I can truthfully say that I like my character and work ethic and am proud of where these characteristics have taken me in my career."
Are you satisfied with the education that you received, and your performance during medical school? Talk to the interviewer about your post-secondary experience and what you would have changed if you had the chance.
"I was very young when I first entered post-secondary studies. If I could do anything over again, I would have taken my first year more seriously. I studied and did well but I wasn't top of my class and I certainly could have been. Luckily I found my stride in my second year and was able to better focus."
Your hobbies and interests can tell a lot about you. Share with the interviewer what keeps you busy and engaged in your off hours.
"It is important to me that I set a good example to my patients when it comes to taking care of your body and health. In my spare time I go mountain climbing, trail riding, attend yoga classes and play in a city baseball league."
Assure the interviewer that you are able to professionally handle a situation like this. Give an example, if possible, on how you have handled a patient like this in the past.
"I currently have a couple of patients who suffer from lesions due to severe diabetes. In these cases, I use a variety of chiropractic techniques that are less aggressive and will not hurt the patient or aggravate their lesions. I do also protect myself to ensure that there is no skin to skin contact. I would never deny care to a patient unless the lesion or dis-figuration would cause a risk to the patient."
Assure the interviewer that you plan to make a fast impact if hired. Would you bring in fresh business, alleviate some of the wait time currently in the clinic, or provide new services they do not yet offer?
"If I were hired for your medical centre, I would be able to make an immediate impact on your current patient wait time. I understand that your medical centre has seen a large growth in patient numbers this past year and I am confident that we could continue that growth this year."
Assure the interviewer that you can easily carry on a comfortable conversation with your patients. Talk about the current patient relationships that you have as well as your social strengths.
"I have strong abilities when it comes to making my patients feel welcome and comfortable. People like to talk about themselves and I am always sure to ask them about their hobbies, their family, and also what they hope to achieve from coming to see me. Getting to know my clients is a very big part of my success as a chiropractor."
If you are newer to your career you are more likely to agree to work in a medical center in any community, regardless of it's status. Talk to the interviewer about your goals and preferences when it comes to the location of your practice.
"Earlier in my career I would certainly have taken my practice anywhere. I am much more established now and would prefer to have my practice in the community where I live. I have a strong customer base and am well known in this area of the city."
There is always room for improvement in modern medicine. Talk to the interviewer about what you feel is the most pressing issue we face today. This is a great opportunity for a healthy discussion.
"I feel that the most pressing problem in modern medicine is the fact that we have so many great solutions but we cannot provide to the poorest people in our country, and in the world. There is so much we could do for others yet we are so limited in the sense of access and funding."
If you could have dinner with anyone of your choosing, who would that be, and why? Your answer should be insightful and thought provoking as it will give the interviewer a strong idea of who you admire.
"If I could invite 4 people to dinner I would want to pick people that I could learn from. I would choose Tanay Tandon the founder of Athelas, a malaria blood-testing kit for smartphones, because he is brilliant and young. I would invite a world renowned leader such as Barack Obama, the Dalai Lama for his spiritual views and Malala Yousafzai for her activist mind."
Share with the interviewer how you continue to improve your chiropractic knowledge. Assure the interviewer that you are interested in your line of work and that you're willing to spend your spare time expanding your knowledge.
"In my spare time I am sure to regularly check in on a few chiropractic blogs that I follow. I also spend time reading medical journals. I am very passionate about my career and can often be found expanding my knowledge during my 'off' hours."
"I enjoy spending my off time collaborating and sharing ideas with my colleagues."
Oftentimes, Chiropractors are known as the medical professionals who are the most open with their patients regarding their overall health. Talk to the interviewer about the steps that you take with your patients in order to help them create a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
"I talk to every patient about the importance of stretching and exercising the body as well as staying hydrated. Many people do not drink nearly enough water in a day. I model this behavior by keeping fit and always having my water bottle with me."
Have you had a significant experience in your life that led you to become a chiropractor? Talk to the interviewer about an "ah-ha moment" that you may have had in your earlier years that shaped your path.
On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?
"I rate my communication skills as a 9/10 as I will, on occasion, have times when I am not as clear as I would like to be. My supervisor and co-workers will attest to my clear and concise communication skills. Because I am an open leader, my team will let me know if I need to clarify anything."
On occasion, mistakes will happen and communication will be broken. Talk to the interviewer about a time that this occurred in the workplace. How did you resolve the situation?
"I recall one instance where I misread an email from one of my subordinates. The punctuation was incorrect and I read it in in a dire tone rather than in a positive one, as it was intended. After a tense conversation, the employee clarified her intention and it seems I was mistaken. She and I agreed to exercise verbal communication on a regular basis to avoid a similar situation from happening again."
Is honesty always the best policy? Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on honesty in the workplace.
"Sometimes full disclosure can damage someone's self esteem, and reality isn't always best expressed in full and can be self-indulgent based on the person's intention. In those instances, honesty isn't always the best policy."
Companies will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring clients over on the occasion that you leave their company. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on confidentiality agreements.
"I have never, to my knowledge, broken a confidentiality agreement. Despite my reasons for leaving a position, I would never choose to hurt a previous employer in any way."
If you were to be the successful candidate, when do you expect to make a viable contribution to the organization? Talk to the interviewer about your plan to make a fast impact.
"I am interested in making an impact on your organization right away and have already crafted a plan to make that happen. I am a very strong business development professional and I plan to take the territory and expand it to include additional rural areas. This should amount to a strong increase in revenue within the first 9 months of my on boarding."
Have you been asked to change your priorities on a dime? How do you react to this kind of shift in priorities? Assure the interviewer that you are able to respond in a professional manner when it comes to sudden changes.
"In my current role, our schedule is changed on a regular basis and always at short notice. I have been able to adapt very well to these frequent, sudden changes."
How you face unexpected difficulty can say a lot about your character. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have faced an unexpected difficulty. How did you handle the situation?
"The biggest unexpected difficulty that I have faced was my unexpected lay off during the last recession. I had to adapt to a new economy and search deep for other skills and opportunities. I was able to earn enough to avoid financial strain and am quite proud of my ability to be versatile when required."
In addition to compensation, there are many other factors to a fulfilling career. Talk to the interviewer about other factors that are important to you when considering a new job.
"Salary is important to me because I know that I am skilled and well educated. With that said, I do look at the full picture which includes factors such as benefits, work-life balance, perks, and company culture."
Are you willing to earn your way up if the interviewer does not want to offer you top compensation? Discuss with the interviewer what you would expect for compensation if you were offered this position.
"I would be happy to earn my way to the top compensation level, if required. I do assure you that, despite my being shy of experience by a couple of years, I am a top performer and you would not be disappointed in my performance."
The best way to discuss your salary expectations are to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.
"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus a potential 20% annual bonus. Last year my earnings were $52,000 and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."
Direct patient conflict could be rare in your practice but it does happen. Discuss with the interviewer how you would resolve a conflict with a patient.
"Some time ago I had an unhappy patient who felt that my fee was too high. Even though she was happy with her treatment, she refused to pay for her service before leaving. Rather than cause a scene around my other patients, I asked her to leave and to not return again. I took the loss and moved on. Some battles just aren't worth fighting."
As a chiropractor, what do you think you will bring this medical center that not everyone can? What makes you a stand-out candidate?
"I would be an excellent fit for your medical center because I bring an already established clientele. I have great credentials and many positive online reviews. In addition to all of this, I am fluent in 3 languages so I can easily communicate with a broad range of patients."
Stress can often be a regular part of the day to day work experience. Talk to the interviewer about which areas of your career are the most stressful. Ensure that your answer does not include a factor that would make you appear unfit for the position. (IE: a bus driver should not find driving to be the most stressful part of the job).
"The part of my career that brings me the most stress is when the schedule is running behind due to lack of hustle on my teams part. I really like to be on time with my schedule to ensure that my clients are assisted properly."
Chiropractic is a health care discipline and profession that emphasizes diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, under the hypothesis that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system.