Physician Assistant Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Physician Assistant interview, here are 40 interview questions and answer examples.

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What are your weaknesses as a physician assistant?

"While I did have a great endocrinology rotation last year during my schooling, I realize that I would have so much to learn if I'm fortunate enough to be offered this position. But, I'm confident that my excellent PA program and other rotations in family practice, ENT and infectious disease have prepared me for a practice like this. From my first day on the job here, I plan on being a full student of the practice, soaking up as much knowledge as possible from my new APP colleagues, physician staff and nurses here."

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40 Physician Assistant Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Behavioral

    1. What are your weaknesses as a physician assistant?

  • Behavioral

    2. How do you feel when a physician criticizes your work?

  • Career Goals

    3. How do you plan to continually grow as a physician assistant?

  • Compatibility

    4. What are some of the challenges of working as a physician assistant?

  • Compatibility

    5. This position requires out-of-town travel at times. Will traveling be a problem for you?

  • Compatibility

    6. This position requires a great deal of compassion. Would you describe yourself as a compassionate person?

  • Competency

    7. How would you describe your communication skills?

  • Competency

    8. What are your strengths as a physician assistant?

  • Competency

    9. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?

  • Conflict

    10. Have you ever had a disagreement with a physician? If so, how did you handle it?

  • Critical Thinking

    11. What is an issue in the current healthcare system that you would like to see change?

  • Diligence

    12. The medical industry is constantly evolving. How do you stay current on medical advancements?

  • Direct

    13. What is a dependent practitioner, and how do you feel about practicing as one?

  • Direct

    14. Why did you leave your last job?

  • Direct

    15. We conduct early-stage criminal background checks, credit checks, and drug tests on all of our candidates. Is there anything you'd like to talk about at this time?

  • Direct

    16. Are you available to work nights?

  • Direct

    17. Why should we hire you to be our next physician assistant?

  • Direct

    18. Tell me about yourself.

  • Discovery

    19. Who is your mentor in the healthcare industry?

  • Discovery

    20. After reading the job description, what do you like most about this position?

  • Discovery

    21. What do you like about being a physician assistant?

  • Discovery

    22. How did you hear about this position?

  • Discovery

    23. Our organization promotes a healthy work-life balance with all staff. What do you like to do in your free time to find that healthy balance?

  • Discovery

    24. This concludes our interview. Do you have any questions for me?

  • Discovery

    25. Tell us about your community involvement.

  • Discovery

    26. What made you pursue a career as a physician assistant?

  • Discovery

    27. What do you know about our facility?

  • Discovery

    28. What are some highlights from your clinical rotations?

  • Discovery

    29. What department of the healthcare field most interests you?

  • Education

    30. Talk to me about your GPA while completing your Masters' Degree.

  • Leadership

    31. What qualities does a great leader have? Which do you possess?

  • Operational

    32. Are you willing to work a flexible schedule rotating with 2nd and 3rd shifts?

  • Operational

    33. Can you work independently, or do you prefer to be closely supervised?

  • Performance Based

    34. How would you describe your work ethic?

  • Problem Solving

    35. Some patients can be pretty challenging to work with. Do you consider yourself a patient person? How do you increase your patience level when working with complex patients?

  • Salary

    36. What are your salary requirements?

  • Scenario Based

    37. What will you do if you have a patient that refuses to take care of their health?

  • Stress

    38. Healthcare professionals are under a great amount of stress. How do you manage your work stress?

  • Teamwork

    39. How do you gain a physician's trust and respect?

  • Tough

    40. Are you comfortable making tough decisions in regard to a patient's care?