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32 Psychiatrist Interview Questions

By: Ryan Brunner

Question 1 of 32
What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
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How to Answer
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.

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Question 2 of 32
Do you have interest in pursuing research or have you been involved in research in the past?
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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."
Question 3 of 32
Talk about a time you had to think outside the box to help a patient or solve a problem. How was your thinking accepted among your team or peers?
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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.

Question 4 of 32
What electronic medical records do you have experience working with?
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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.

Question 5 of 32
Psychiatric providers are in high demand right now across the entire country. Why do you think that is?
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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.

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Writers for Psychiatrist Answers and Questions

Heather Douglass
Heather Douglass has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
Ryan Brunner
Ryan has over 10 years of experience recruiting in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries. Ryan has a long track record of recruiting, interviewing and hiring candidates at all levels of the organizations that he has recruited for. These include entry-level workers, professional workers, physicians and executive level leaders. Ryan has created and worked with many interviewing formats in the industries that he has recruited for and has reviewed resumes and cover letter's for all of the positions he has recruited for.
First written on: 09/15/2010
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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About Psychiatrist

March 20th, 2017

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.