Dealing with difficult patients are an unfortunate fact of life in the mental health field. As a Psychiatrist, you know how to identify, understand and respond to your patients and that can make your work life safer and less stressful. Tell the interviewer about a challenging patient you had recently. Describe how you diagnosed them, treated them and where they are at on the road to recovery.
"My most challenging patient was one that had dementia. Because of dementia, it caused the patient to react in negative ways to the people around her trying to help her. I had to figure out why she was being difficult. I did a lot of observing and recruited the help from family members."
"During my rotation on an inpatient unit during residency, I was most challenged by a patient that seemed to have the world at her fingertips but was threatening to commit suicide because of her deep depression. Here was a lady that grew up in well off family, had her college degree and had a very successful career in the banking industry living the American dream. As I got to treat her further and get to know her more, I learned so much about clinical depression as an illness and how it can consume a person from any walk of life. This patient helped give me a truer understanding of the illness and the importance of treating it."
"In my years working as an Addiction Psychiatrist, my most difficult patient was a lady that kept coming back to our rehab unit time and time again for chronic alcohol abuse. At first, I took her relapses very personally and wondered why I wasn't doing a great job. But, like with most addictions, her triggers for relapsing in her home environment were just too great. With this being the root of her addiction, my care team and I spent her last long-term visit to our unit educating her on her triggers for the addiction and the importance of her removing those triggers from her life."
If you enjoy recharging your batteries by spending time alone then you are an introvert. If you thrive by being around people and all the action then you are viewed as an extrovert. If you answer the question as being an introvert make sure you don't make it too awkward and end up not being able to work with a team. If you have been described as an extrovert than being the center of attention is what you need just be sure to sensor your answer.
"Personally, I have always been an extrovert enjoys the company of others both inside and outside of the workplace. I see being around and working with people as an opportunity to both have fun and learn at the same time. During my rotations in residency, I am able to work independently and secluded as well. I don't have any issues making critical decisions on my own without access to my direct leader."
"Through my life, I have definitely been more of an introverted person. My time to myself outside of work is the best reprieve from the daily grind of being a Psychiatrist. With that said, I am also able to work very well as part of team. You'll find that I am more of an observer at first to get to know the personal motivations of each individual on the team and then will contribute more once I become familiar with the team as a whole."
This is a great question to turn the tables on the interviewer. Tell the interviewer that you'd like to tackle any projects they need someone to take the lead on if there is an inspection or accreditation coming up you want to be a part of it. This is your chance to ask the interviewer what they currently have in the queue to accomplish. This will give you an idea of what else the job entails.
"I'd like to make a positive impact here. I'm excited at the chance to bring my knowledge and experience to the position and make a positive impact on both my coworkers and my clients. Are you able to share any long-term goals or projects that I would be a part of if offered the chance to join the organization?"
"As a new psychiatrist, I would bring a patient centered approach to the organization and would love to participate in any committees or projects that involve patient care, patient satisfaction or patient safety."
"Knowing that you are looking to grow your cognitive behavioral therapy program with patients, I would love to bring the ideas that I have studies and researched to the team at this organization. Beyond that, I'd love to hear any other ideas you have for long-term goals or projects to help grow the department here."
This question is a test to see if you did your homework on the organization you are applying to. Once you get to the interview stage, you'll want to do further research about the facility. Start with the website, reviewing their mission, values, and culture. You can read employee reviews to see what their experience was like. Do your homework so that you can respond confidently. Strive to impress the interviewer with your knowledge. That shows you have vested interested in the facility and that you're thinking long-term.
"In conducting my job search, the first thing that struck me about your organization was the multiple awards that you have received on a nationally recognized level. The awards tell me that the organization is committed to excellence in patient care and I share this value. I have also spoken to a few of the current physicians that are on staff here and all have given rave reviews about working for the organization. Both of these points have me very excited about this opportunity."
"Being a new Psychiatrist when I leave residency, it is important for me to find a practice that aligns with my personal values. I know that this organization receives a lot of funding to help mental health patients that are poverty stricken and I can't emphasize how important that is to me. My dream in becoming a physician was started by my want to help the less fortunate individuals and I would love working in this environment here."
"Having met a few of your Psychiatrists at conferences and speaking with them, I know that this organization is both innovative and creative in the way that they treat patients. I would love to be a part of a movement in Psychiatry where old ways are questioned and new, innovative are sought out."
As a Psychiatrist, crisis situations can arise from time to time. How you have handled a crisis situation in the past will often predict how you will react in the future. Here, your interviewer is looking for your ability to stay calm and collected while solving the situation in an efficient manner. Presenting a situation where you learned something for the future can go a long way with the interviewer as well.
"A few years ago, I was working on an inpatient unit with a patient that had been admitted due to what the admitting physicians deemed as hallucinations. In my initial consult with the patient, she indicated that she wanted to do harm to her children and that she was a bomb expert after doing some research on the internet. Without hesitation, I alerted the local authorities in her hometown to do a wellness check on her children and the home. I take threats like that seriously and while this situation was found to not be harmful to the children, I can never be sure that a threat is non-harmful and all precautions must be taken."
"During my residency, I rotated in both inpatient and outpatient settings. On one outpatient rotation, I was seeing a patient that had violent outbursts in his history so we always had two people in our sessions together. During one session, the patient grabbed a lamp and started swinging it violently in the air. Using my training, I was able to calmly talk him down from the escalated situation. In talking further, I learned that he had experienced a traumatic even at home earlier in the week causing the outburst."
"In my time working on an inpatient unit, we had a patient admitted one night that was detoxing badly on opiates. During these situations, we never know how a patient will react while detoxing. The next morning, the patients family came to visit and when his mother was in the room, he began threatening harm to himself. Once notified, the nurse and I asked the family to leave the room and we went through our protocol of removing all harmful items from the room. During these times of detoxing, I had the ability to expedite my treatment if harm to ones self was made and I did just that with this patient."
With the field of Psychiatry being sub-specialized, be open and honest with your interviewer on what patients you prefer or are trained to work with. Your interviewer will be able to tell a lot about you based on your CV, but now is a good time to talk about the particular patients that you like working with. Your specific training in your field can come into play on this question as well. For this question, it is important to know the particular position that you're interviewing for as well. If you are interviewing for a general practice position, specializing isn't a bad thing but the ability to practice generally is important.
"During my time as a Psychiatrist, I have worked with patients from many different backgrounds and diagnoses. I have a soft spot in my heart for patients with multiple personality disorders and have attended a lot of training and have conducted research in that particular field."
"By pursuing fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, I would like at least a part of my practice to involve working with that population of patients. My training has prepared me to practice in a general practice setting, but it's important for me to utilize my training working with children and adolescents."
"As you can see from my experience on my CV, the most recent part of my career has been focused on treating addiction. I was drawn to this area of the field based on personal experiences in my family and I have a strong desire to help those that are in dire straits due to addiction."
Working as part of a greater team is extremely important in a Psychiatric setting. Your interviewer will be looking for you to point out the importance of each member of a patients care team and your ability to work and communicate with each member of the team. Give particular examples of how you work well with members of your care team.
"During my career as a Psychiatrist, I have worked really well with all members of my team fully realizing that each person has an important role in the overall well-being of our patients. From the perspective of the patient, the nurse has an important role in the day to day treatment of the patient and in helping communicate to me any updates in progress of the patient. The social workers on my unit assist me in short and long-term treatment goals. I communicate well with all members of my team and treat them with respect and dignity."
"During my residency training, I made it a priority to get to know all of the members of my care team to be able to work with them better. By knowing each person personally, I was able to communicate and work with them more effectively which ultimately helped provide better care to our patients. I also took the time to understand the role that each person plays as part of the team to help me gain a larger perspective in patient care."
"Throughout my career as a Psychiatrist, I have made it a priority to involved my entire team in the care of each individual patient. I have prided myself in educating the members of my team and being open to ideas and suggestions from my nurses, social workers and advanced practice providers. Together, we make each other better to provide better care to all of our patients."
For this question, it is important for you to know the details of the position that you are interviewing for. The interviewer will know your background from studying your CV and now is a good time to talk details on your prior experiences in practice in an outpatient and inpatient setting. If the position you are interviewing for is specific to one of these settings, you can expand upon that setting particularly and how your experiences match what the organization is looking for in a new Psychiatrist.
"During my training, I was exposed to practicing in both and inpatient and outpatient setting. Early in my training, I knew that I was meant to work with patients on an inpatient setting and I've been focusing my practice there ever since. Your inpatient opportunity has me very excited to continue growing as a Psychiatrist."
"During my residency, I had the opportunity to see patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. These opportunities have allowed me to become a well-rounded Psychiatrist heading into my first practice. I really love the fact that this position will allow me the opportunity to see patients in both settings."
"As you can see from my CV, I have been primarily practicing on an outpatient setting and that is where my heart lies. After recently pursuing my Addiction Psychiatry fellowship, your position has me extremely excited as I am looking for an opportunity to specialize in this area."
Psychiatry is an extremely high demand field right now and this question gives you the opportunity to talk about both high level philosophy on your work and what brings you to the interview with the organization you are interviewing for. Psychiatrists are in a unique position where employers may be willing to bend on the practice to attract you, but don't be pushy with any requests that you may have.
"I think that mental health is finally being made a priority in a lot of states throughout the country and for very good reasons. Due to the new priorities, many new positions have opened and the number of physicians looking to enter the field has certainly dwindled in the recent years. I find myself very fortunate to be here today with all of the opportunities that are out there because this position really suits what I am looking for in a future practice."
"Through med school, it was rare to find a future physician that had the desire to train and pursue a practice as a Psychiatrist. Mental health has always been a strong passion of mine but I know a lot of other new graduates share my passion. With the increase in demand for Psychiatrists and a large portion of the field projected to retire in the coming years, I feel fortunate to be in the position I am coming out of training."
"The demand for Psychiatrists really stems from the enactment of the ACA and the high priority that has been put on mental health in our country. I have always been an advocate for mental health and promoting the field to future physicians that I have had the chance to work and communicate with. The future of the field is really in the hands of passionate, young Psychiatrists that strive to move the field forward in the future."
Working on an electronic medical record program is an essential part of the job for any physician, including Psychiatrists. Talk about the experiences that you have working on different programs and be sure to point out your comfortability working on the program. As well, discussing the importance of utilizing the system will go a long way with the interviewer.
"I have experience working on a couple of different systems. Currently, I use EPIC and transitioned to that from using Cerner. During the transition from Cerner to EPIC, I was able to pick up the new system quickly to help me better care for my patients. Documenting in the EMR is a vital part of my day to ensure that patient records are kept up to date."
"Through my training program, we worked exclusively on the Allscripts program. I found myself to be a very quick learner once I started using the program. In talking to some other friends that I've stayed in contact with since medical school, they have worked on a variety of programs and I am confident in my ability to be able to learn and use any program to its fullest potential. "
"Through my years in practice, I've evolved from keeping paper records at first to using the state of the art EPIC system most currently. In every aspect that I've documented on patients, I have fully grasped and understood how important a well documented record is for the patient. With the newest systems, I fully utilize the dictation functions which help make my life much easier when working in the EMR."
Working with patients that have moderate to severe mental illness can require some creative thinking at times to help treat them. Unlike a Cardiologist that can pinpoint a problem and then diagnose and treat with the use of sophisticated technology, life for a Psychiatrist is often not that advanced. The interviewer is looking for your ability to treat a patient as an individual and see your ability to think creatively when treating a patient. Try to be specific with your answer.
"During my time working as an Addictions Counselor, I was treating a patient that had completely devastated their life due to alcoholism. They had lost their job, their spouse due to divorce and the inability to see their children on a regular basis due to court order. Throughout my treatment of the illness with the patient, deep regrets were brought to light once they had gone through the initial detox period. As part of my daily sessions with this patient, it became quite obvious that the patients ex-spouse may help play an integral role in helping him recover. I had never done this prior in practice, but I contacted the ex-spouse to see if they would be willing to join us for one of our normal one on one session together and the spouse readily agreed. It had been almost six months since they had spoken, but right away the spouse could see that the patient was on a path to recovery. Once recovered and released, the patient came back to our unit to volunteer and work with other patients and he remains sober to this day. Every time we see each other, he thanks me for helping him turn his life back around and helping to get his children back into his life."
"In my training program, I was on a clinical rotation in a child & adolescent unit working with children with PTSD. After reading several studies about the use of music therapy for people with traumatic stress, I convinced my attending physician and the unit director to let me try using music therapy sessions with the children. After designing a program and getting it approved, the therapy sessions were a hit among both the children and their loved ones. As I left my training program, I received special recognition for helping to develop this therapy in the program and they plan to continue to utilize after I leave."
"During my time practicing with my current organization, I have taken great pride in my ability to think outside of the box for each patient that I treat. To help in making hospital visits better on our inpatient Psychiatric unit, I advocated over time for a more relaxing atmosphere in the patient rooms. Knowing that our patients were in a vulnerable state while hospitalized, I felt that it was important for our inpatient rooms to feel more like home with nice paint, lamps and artwork on the walls. After speaking in front of our board of directors, we were granted the budget for making the changes the following year."
When answering this question, be sure to tell the interviewer that you are able to conform easily to whatever setting you’re placed in. Research the company beforehand so that you have a good idea of what type of atmosphere they have. Keep your answer positive no matter what type of environment you prefer. Include past experiences with different workplace atmospheres to show your range of adaptability.
"I have done my best work as a Psychiatrist in a collaborative, team based environment. I am a people person and like to have the ear of a colleague from time to time. I've practiced solo and am able to adapt to not having close colleagues around as well."
"In getting the opportunity to work in many different settings during my years in residency, the environment that I found must satisfying to be in was a small, close knit clinic or hospital setting. In these environments, it was easier to get to know the team that I worked with and become a closer unit. I know that your opportunity is a smaller, tightly knitted practice that I would be able to succeed in."
"I am a Psychiatrist that thrives in an environment where I am allowed to be innovative and help to make important decisions in the practice. I've worked in an organization that operated very autocratically and while I was able to adapt to constant changes I may not have agreed with, I find that including many people in key decisions is the key to running a successful Psychiatry practice."
This question is being asked so that the interviewer can get a better idea of who you are as a person when you are not working. You don't necessarily have to be well-versed in the literary world, but it helps if you had read something fairly recently. If possible, talk about a book you read that is relevant to the field in which you are applying. If the interviewer has read it too, feel free to ask their opinion on it.
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"Ever since I was young, I have been fascinated by mystery books and have read authors like Agatha Christie and Charlaine Harris to name a few. Over a vacation a few weeks back, I read the entire Harris trilogy "Midnight, Texas." To keep my brain sane outside of work, I find that reading personally engaging books is a great therapy for myself."
"Being a life-long learner, I recently read "An Unquiet Mind." If you haven't heard of it, it is a memoir from an author that lived most of her life in a manic despressive state. It details how she fought the battle personally and sought out help to become the person that she is today. To have the personal insight into one person's journey through the illness definitely gave me new insight as a Psychiatrist."
This question is a way for the interviewer to hear about your ideal patient and it gives you the opportunity to describe your ideal interaction. When your patients are compliant and easy-going, you have a greater ability to do your best work and help the patient on the road to recovery.
"My favorite type of patient is one that responds to my questions clearly, which helps me to know what's going on and take proper action. When they are relaxed, I can get to know them better, because they feel comfortable sharing information."
"During my training program, I found it extremely important for me to able to build a personal bond somehow with each individual patient. Even though each individual person comes from a unique background with unique experiences, any two people can find some common bond. During initial intake sessions with patients, those bonds between us helped build a trusting a relationship moving forward and this is a technique that I will use in my practice for the rest of my career."
"During my years doing private practice, my favorite patients have been the ones that have followed up after we've had session together to keep me up to speed on their progress. I have kept a scrapbook of thank you cards and care letter from previous patients and some have come to me as long as ten years down the road from when I last saw a patient. These symbols of gratitude hold a soft spot in my heart for sure."
This is your chance to wow the interviewer with your elevator speech. Your answer should summarize the top three or four best reasons the interviewer should hire you. Tell your interviewer your most impressive strengths and describe your most memorable selling points. It is important to have researched the organization that you are interviewing for so you can tailor the answer to align with the top requirements in the job description.
"I'm the best candidate for this role because of the years of experience working with Autistic adults that I bring to the table. Knowing that this position will work a majority of the time with Autistic adults, the experience that "
"Coming out of training and fellowship, my strong passion for working with the adolescent population that is struggling with a variety of mental illnesses will be a great benefit for the organization. I'm entering the workforce as a motivated Psychiatrist looking to build a successful practice with this population and this opportunity is perfect."
"My years of experience in treating and working with patients with addiction, coupled with my research into the field, make me an excellent fit for the organization. You'll quickly find that my demeanor with patients and my knowledge in effectively treating patients in this setting will be a huge benefit to the entire team here and the patients as well."
Your interviewer can answer this question broadly themselves upon looking your CV. So when you are asked questions related to the experience that qualifies you for the job, it's important to be very specific about your skills and experience and how they apply to the position that you are interviewing for. The interviewer wants to see how you can put your pieces together into their puzzle.
"My years of experience have prepared me well for this Psychiatrist role. You mentioned that the majority of the patients suffer from schizophrenia; I spent three years working in a psychiatric unit with schizophrenic patients and I was very successful and personally fulfilled working with the population of patients."
"Coming out of residency, you'll see that my training program exposed me to a wide variety of patients and clinical settings upon graduation. Knowing that the outpatient unit here sees a wide spectrum of patients, I think my broad experiences entering the workforce will benefit the organization greatly. Personally, a general practice where I can learn to grow from both my partners and my patients is exactly what I am looking for."
"As you'll see from CV, I made the transition to become a Forensic Psychiatrist about five years ago and have absolutely loved this transition personally. Combining my career of Psychiatrist into a passion for law was a perfect fit. My time spent involved in trials will show an unbiased approach that will greatly benefit this organization moving forward should I be offered the position."
As a Psychiatrist, you enjoy studying, diagnosing, treating, and preventing mental disorders from a medical standpoint. Tell the interviewer about the time you knew you wanted to work with people. Tell the interviewer about a skill or a characteristic you possess that you want to share with others as a successful Psychiatrist.
"Knowing that I wanted to pursue a medical career, I studied hard to get into medical school to pursue my MD. Once there, I found that the field of Psychiatry was the most intriguing to me because it was such a diverse and unknown medical field. The human brain has always fascinated as has human behavior. My intrigue into the field initially has led to a passionate career to say the least."
"I was inspired to become a Psychiatrist during my senior year in high school elective AP Psychology class. In learning more deeply about human psychology and the spectrum of mental illnesses, I knew that my pursuit of becoming a doctor someday would involve Psychiatry and I have never doubted that decision one bit."
"During my college years and coming out of the military, I was inspired by my own Psychiatrist that was helping me through a bout of depression. Knowing that I had the desire to go to medical school and seeing how effective he was at treating me, I knew that I wanted to follow in his footsteps to one day help people that were in my same shoes at such a vulnerable time in my life."
If you are an empathetic Psychiatrist, you absorb other people’s emotions and physical symptoms because of your high sensitivities. Though being a Psychiatrist involve being empathetic, there are challenges to being a highly sensitive person so you will want to assure the interviewer that you are able to adapt and overcome these feelings and not allow them to get in the way of treating your patients.
"I am an empathetic person. I practice my time management skills and set limits and boundaries with draining patients. By being empathetic in these situations, I am able to effectively enforce any limits or boundaries that I set with them. Personally, I meditate to calm and center myself in order to not allow the stress to affect me."
"I have always been an empathetic person since I was a young girl. Way back then, my grandmother always told me I was destined to become a nurse or a doctor. In going into the Psychiatry field, I know that I need to be empathetic with my patients to help build trust without letting personal emotions get in the way of any interactions with my patients."
"I have learned through my years of practice that being a successful Psychiatrist involves both a mix of empathy and clinical practice knowledge. To effectively treat patients with mental illness, the empathy piece is vital for me to build a relationship with each patient as an individual. Once that is built, my clinical knowledge and experience take over."
This interview question is being asked to hear more about your goals as a Psychiatrist. Talk about professional development, training programs, educational curricula, the study in your field, on-the-job training, skill-building and relevant books you’ve read. Be ready to give examples of a few things you've been doing this past year to better yourself.
"I've spoken at three different symposiums this past year. It is empowering to share your ideas with the community and empower others around you and I thrive in helping others in my field learn. Together, we are all striving towards one goal."
"During my final year of residency and knowing that I wanted to pursue a practice as a Addiction Psychiatrist one day, I have attended several conferences throughout the country on Addiction Medicine where I had the chance to listen to many experts in the field talk. At conferences like these, I relish the fact that I get the opportunity to speak with leaders in the field on a one on one basis."
"In my years as a Psychiatrist, I quickly learned that a stagnant physician is a failing physician and have prided myself on being a life-long learner in the field. In the past year, I have taken on a part-time faculty position with the local university to teach 6 credits per semester focusing on graduate work in Psychology. Doing so has given me renewed interest in the academic side of the field."
As a Psychiatrist, you have the potential to play a crucial role in the early identification of illnesses and intervention with your clients. For this question, the interviewer is looking to hear how you interact with other providers throughout a health system and your overall thoughts on the importance of your field. Tell the interviewer how you personally have contributed to the overall healthcare system. Talk about the importance of mental health in the overall well-being of patients.
"Throughout my career working as a Psychiatrist for a large healthcare system, mental health is often a very overlooked piece from care providers that see patients. I have taken ownership with my current group to educate primary care providers on how to spot signs in their patients where a referral to my group may be deemed necessary. Since doing so, we have witnessed a much larger patient referral rate for patients that may have gone undiagnosed with mental health issues otherwise."
"During my residency training and throughout medical school, I was fascinated by the link between mental and physical health which led me down the path of becoming a Psychiatrist. I am a firm believer in working hand in hand with primary care providers for my patients as we all play a big part in the health and well-being of our mutual patients."
"During my time in private practice, I quickly came to realize that a patients mental and physical health are both important to their wellness. I helped develop a series of best practices within our practice on how to stay in contact with primary care and specialty providers for our patients because the importance of it was too great to not do this. In looking to join a practice that is part of a larger system, I look forward to working more closely with other providers for my patients."
The interviewer is looking to see how your employer would say you worked with others, managed your caseload and succeeded as a Psychiatrist. Tell the interviewer your positive traits others use to describe you. Focus on the characteristics that are most valued in the workplace.
"My former employer would say I'm easy to work with because I have a good attitude, even when I have a heavy workload."
"Throughout my time in residency, I think that any person you would talk to would describe me as being motivated to succeed as a Psychiatrist. From my attending physicians through my rotations to my senior residents in my program, I have demonstrated that I am eager to learn everything I can about the field to become the best that I can be when I go into practice."
"Throughout my career, the most consistent feedback that I have received on the job is my outstanding ability to work as part of a larger team. I have always been a firm believer that to successfully treat a patient, a team effort is necessary. I work very well with my nursing staff, administrative staff and my fellow colleagues. We can all learn things from each other and I truly value that notion in any work setting I find myself in."
As a Psychiatrist, you diagnose and treat health conditions related to the mind. If you have a strong ability to listen, show compassion for someone struggling with depression, anxiety or substance abuse, psychiatry can be a rewarding career. However, you may face some challenges in the profession. Tell the interviewer about a particularly difficult part of being a Psychiatrist. Are you frustrated with billing? Is the fact that some of your patients noncompliant? When you tell the interviewer the difficult part be sure to follow it up with how you overcame or continue to overcome this challenge.
"One of the most difficult situations is working with patients that don't have healthcare insurance. This situation is becoming better with changes in healthcare laws, but I have always had a hard time turning away patients knowing that they needed my help."
"Being fresh in the field coming out of residency, the most difficult thing I encountered through my training was working with patients that were on a hold in our unit against their will. A patient that doesn't want care or doesn't think they need care have been the hardest for me to work with. I have developed skills in talking to patients to help them understand why they have been put on a hold and have received great feedback on my ability to do so. Once a patient understands the "why", they often become more receptive to the care that they are receiving."
"During my years working on an inpatient unit, the most difficult part of the job were the long, swing-shift type hours and the effect that the hours could have on family life. Early in my time there, I ensured that my family knew my hours weeks in advance should I be missing an important function. Now, as I have progressed later in my career, I am looking to make a move into more traditional day time hours."
This question is being asked because the interviewer is trying to figure out how easily stressed you are and whether the job or organization tie closely to your stressors. It is human nature to feel stress and it is okay to talk about the things that do stress you both personally and professionally. It is important for this question to talk about your coping mechanisms that you have developed should you become stressed.
"Uncertainty on completing a task sometimes causes me stress, but I typically focus on research and information-gathering to resolve this challenge. I never hesitate to reach out to my leader should I beco"
"During my Psychiatric training program, the times that I found myself stressed were during the periods of long hours with little sleep in between. Having not worked on a schedule like that before, it was very important for me to ensure that I was taking care of myself by eating healthy, exercising when I could and staying hydrated. Through medical school, it was easy to make it through long days by pumping caffeine through my body. But to remain stress free in these times, I have found it much better to take care of myself to be the best that I can be on the job."
"One the job, I don't have many stressors that bring me down on any given day. If I ever do encounter a situation or a time where I am feeling stressed on the job, I find it helpful to take a step back and clear my mind for a short amount of time. By walking away from my office and either taking a walk or having a personal conversation with a colleague, I come back with my mind refreshed and ready to tackle the task that was stressing me out."
Life as a Psychiatrist can be very busy and hectic at time and the interviewer is looking to get insight on how you are able to handle patients and tasks with efficiency. A simple yes won't suffice with this interview question. Be able to explain examples of how you efficiently use your time. This would be a great question to tell the interviewer if you developed a best practice for yourself or your team of colleagues.
"Yes, I am very efficient with my time. I prioritize my work thought the day in order to stay on time with my appointments. I have a great system and it works well."
"Through my past eight years as a medical student and a resident, being efficient with my time was of utmost importance. I utilize technology by keeping a completed calendar on both my phone and my work computer and make a priority to update meetings, appointments and tasks regularly. Doing so keeps me organized and efficient while also allowing me to be able to multitask with ease."
"Having spent time practicing in both a private outpatient setting and on a busy inpatient unit, I have learned that being smart with my time is of utmost importance in any atmosphere. I am very good at prioritizing tasks along with regular patient visits to ensure that I am meeting the needs of all of my patients equally. I have worked closely with a medical secretary and have also had to run my own schedule so I have versatility in being able to keep myself both efficient and organized."
Interviewers ask this question to gain insight into your self-awareness and communication skills. Have a short term and long term goal in mind. Make all goals relevant to your career field. It is important for this question to ensure that your goals match the direction of the organization that you are working for. Pointing out a goal that simply cannot be accomplished at the the place you are interviewing with may raise red flags with the interviewer.
"My short-term goal is to find a position that will put me in a forward-moving organization with solid performance and future projections. My long-term goal will depend on where the company goes. With my skill in leading people and being a motivator, I have the desire to someday be in a leadership position where I could lead a team of Psychiatrists."
"As a new Psychiatrist, I want to find a position where I can grow and learn from the colleagues that I work with on a daily basis. Having a team of solid providers to practice with is important to me. Down the road, I have hopes to gain faculty status with an institution because I have a firm belief that education of the future in mental health is extremely important and feel I would be a great fit in an educational setting."
"In being here today interviewing with you, I am looking to start down a path as an Addiction Psychiatrist. I have personally pursued this direction because I know how important the addiction recovery process is for both patients and families and it is an area of Psychiatry that I hold near and dear to my heart. As I gain experience in the field, I want to one day be specialized in opioid addiction and the treatment of patients there."
As a Psychiatrist, you may or may not agree with biological psychiatry. When answering this question it will be important not to have too many strong feelings towards one way or another as the interviewer may not have the same feelings as you do. Do your best to be neutral and answer their question directly.
"There are many new and effective drugs out there with tons of research on how they can effectively treat mental illness. I enjoy learning how different medications work with the mind."
"My decision to pursue residency training in Psychiatry was due to my curiosity in the relationship between the body and mind. In taking a biological approach to diagnosis first, I have worked with patients that had undiagnosed thyroid issues that led to sever depressive states and simple medication to regulate the thyroid did wonders for their mental state."
"Through my career, I have been a part of extensive research on eating disorders. Through the research projects and into my practice working with patients with eating disorders, I have worked very closely with neurologists to study how the function of the brain plays a role in eating disorders. Understanding how the chemical balances in the body and functioning of the mind work to cause the disorders have helped me immensely in being able to effectively treat my patients."
As a Psychiatrist, you may or may not find that all parts of psychological psychiatry are beneficial for treating your patients. When answering this question be sure to stay positive and share particular situations where you have found it helpful.
"I enjoy conducting group sessions and seeing how others interact with each other."
"Coming into practice for the first time out of training, I look forward to utilizing both a biological and psychological approach to my practice. I am a firm believer in psychotherapy techniques to help understand and better treat patients with mental illness and have found that I am very skilled in one on one sessions with patients."
"In my years of working with patients with extreme cases of schizophrenia, I have worked deeply in cognitive behavioral therapy techniques with these patients. I have read a lot of research into the field and have attended several trainings and seminars as well to help me become better."
For this question, it is important to be honest with your feelings for research while also knowing the position that you are applying for and what that organization may be looking for. Interviewing for a position at an academic institution will require some passion for research. Conversely, the desire to do research may be a hindrance while interviewing for a position with a private practice. Be sure to do your research on the position and the organization prior to interviewing. "I have a very high interest in pursuing research at a higher level. While going through my psychiatric training program, I had been a part of extensive research on the effects of medicinal marijuana on patients with severe depression. While research has always intrigued me, I've been away from it now for five years and am really hoping to put my knowledge and research methods and skills to use in this position."
"I have a very high interest in pursuing research at a higher level. While going through my psychiatric training program, I had been a part of extensive research on the effects of medicinal marijuana on patients with severe depression. While research has always intrigued me, I've been away from it now for five years and am really hoping to put my knowledge and research methods and skills to use in this position."
"While I have been exposed to research through my training program, my career goal for now is patient care and I'd like to focus my career on that as a new psychiatrist in this position that you have available."
"As you can see on my CV, I have been heavily involved in research in the field of treating mood disorders. I have several published studies that I am extremely proud of and look to continue by bringing my current research to your institution. I am a firm believer that sound research in our field is what will advance our treatment techniques in the future and I want to be a part of that."
Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. As a Psychiatrist your a medical doctor who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems. You treat problems such as a panic attacks, frightening hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, or hearing "voices." Some of your patients may suffer from more long-term issues such as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiousness that never seem to lift or problems functioning, causing everyday life to feel distorted or out of control. You use a variety of treatments with your patients to include psychotherapy, medications, psychosocial interventions and other treatments, depending on the needs of your patients.
As a Psychiatrist you attend medical school, take a written examination for a state license to practice medicine and then complete four years of psychiatry residency. Your residency may take place in in-patient, out-patient, and emergency room settings. You'll also need to be re-certified every 10 years by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. You'll need to have compassion, effective communication and problem solving skills to be a successful Psychiatrist.
To prepare for your interview, you'll want to be dressed professionally, be on time, maintain good eye contact and greet the interviewers with a firm handshake. Be sure to use the interviewers name throughout the interview as well as take notes. Being a Psychiatrist you are told many personal things so be ready to share personal stories during the interview. Keep patient names and too many details out of your answers. It will be important to speak positively about the practice and the community. Make sure to be enthusiastic and show the interviewer that you want the job.