Oncology Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Oncology interview, here are 20 interview questions and answer examples.

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It's hard to get people to quit smoking, and it's often said that 'cancer cures smoking'; what steps do you think we, as a society, can do to finally rid ourselves of this powerful carcinogen in our lives?

This question extends the one above about destructive behavior as pertaining to the individual, but out to society in general. As a society that has learned some painful lessons with Prohibition (alcohol) and for which there seems no clear victory coming in our 'War on Drugs,' this question is another one in which there is no correct answer. All it really wants to know is where your mind is as it pertains to the ills of society in general and how you plan to make a difference individually. Hospitals use community outreach as part of their marketing strategy, so if you include that, too, you'll seem like a good fit for them.

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20 Oncology Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. It's hard to get people to quit smoking, and it's often said that 'cancer cures smoking'; what steps do you think we, as a society, can do to finally rid ourselves of this powerful carcinogen in our lives?

  • 2. If a patient for whom you had nothing more to offer begged you to try something--anything--else, how would you respond?

  • 3. If an 18-year-old nulliparous woman were to ask your advice on hysterectomy and removal of her ovaries prophylactically due to a strong family history of ovarian cancer, would you arrange referral for such a surgery?

  • 4. After a patient's adverse reaction due to a medication error, what would you do?

  • 5. If you find a senior nurse prying into a relative's chart for some personal information that is otherwise HIPAA-protected, what steps would you take, if any?

  • 6. A lab report comes back to you after having been misplaced for over a month. What would you say to the patient and the patient's family regarding this clerical error that may have clinical implications?

  • 7. Your cancer patient has as favorable diagnosis, but asks you to sign an advanced care directive that disallows aggressive resuscitative measures; how do you counsel her not to give up that easily?

  • 8. Your terminal patient has cognitive dysfunction from a closed head injury, and if his family pleads with you to keep him unaware of his terminal prognosis because of how he won't be able to deal with it, would you?

  • 9. Do you have coverage for your patients for when you are vacationing or for when you get sick?

  • 10. How would you answer a patient who indicated he wanted self-assisted suicide instead of a lengthy, pain-filled period of final days?

  • 11. What made you want to choose Oncology as a vocation?

  • 12. Are you opposed to using new protocols you find in the literature before they become accepted as "evidence-based" medicine?

  • 13. How far would you go in giving opiates to a patient with end-stage cancer? Would you go as far as giving enough to shorten his or her life if that's what it took to give relief?

  • 14. How might you react if you, as an Oncologist, were given a diagnosis of cancer?

  • 15. If you thought family members were taking advantage of a terminal patient financially, would you intervene?

  • 16. Patients with life-threatening conditions often change their attitudes to life, hopefully for the better. However, if you discovered destructive lifestyle changes, how would you get involved?

  • 17. Many patients with life-threatening conditions find comfort in religion; how would you counsel a patient who feels therapy can be adjusted because of faith in God (Allah, etc.)?

  • 18. Do you feel you can abandon evidence-based medicine and pursue the 'art' of medicine, especially in a patient with a high risk of mortality?

  • 19. If you had a patient who was newly diagnosed with cancer but refuses chemotherapy for whatever reason, how would you counsel him or her?

  • 20. More than any other type of specialty, there frequently is death occurring in your work; what is your strategy for avoiding psychological distress?