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Top 30 Psychiatrist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 32
What was your most challenging patient?
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Question 2 of 32
What is important to you in life?
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How to Answer
This is a pretty personal interview question. Keep your answer honest and brief so you don't go off on a tangent. Feel free to talk about what is important to you in your career as well as in your personal life.

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"Outside of work, my passion is my family. Together, we love to travel and participate in many outdoor activities together. When I'm able to be refreshed with my family, I come in to work with a clear mind and am able to be the best that I can be."
Entry Level Example
"Since I was young, I have donated a large portion of my time to helping animals and currently volunteer with many animal well-being organizations like the Human Association. I also am a foster home for dogs that are rehabilitating from injuries and find great joy in being able to provide something greater in life for these animals."
Experienced Example
"My choice to pursue a career in Psychiatry was due to my internal nature to want to help people in need. With my children now grown and out of the house, my husband and I have recharged our passion for helping at the homeless shelters around the city and we find great joy in doing so."
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Question 3 of 32
What is your availability?
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For this question, it is important for you to have done your research on the position that you are interviewing for and be open and honest if you have specific needs when it comes to scheduling. If you have specific times when you aren't available to work and the job requires those times, that hopefully should have been discovered in the job posting or a phone interview prior to interviewing in person.

Answer Example
"I am available to work any type of shift in this inpatient practice, but I just need to know what a schedule looks like with a week's advance in time. My commitments outside of work would just need to know."
Entry Level Example
"Being a new Psychiatrist, I am entering the workforce complete open to availability. I have the ability to cover day, evening and night shifts on the unit and also any call time to help me become a better Psychiatrist."
Experienced Example
"In seeing this posting and talking to you on the phone prior to interview, I understand that this is a Monday through Friday, day shift practice which is exactly what I am looking for in a new position. I do have flexibility to provide hospital coverage in the evenings and some weekends as well, as long as it was scheduled ahead of time to be able to lan ahead."
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Question 4 of 32
How do you maintain a professional composure during a session with a patient?
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As a Psychiatrist, one of your main objectives is to maintain composure during a session with a patient. Tell the interviewer that you don't allow your emotions to get in the way, you don't take things personally and you keep a positive attitude. As a Psychiatrist, it is important to respond appropriately to the situation that is being presented to you. Talking about specific techniques that you use and examples where you've needed to keep your cool always help.

Answer Example
"My experience, education, ​and training has given me the tools to keep my composure with my patients over the years. In working closely with patients that are coming off of severe drug addictions, there are times where I've had to take a deep breath and dig down deep into my soul to maintain composure. But, I'm able to do this with ease."
Entry Level Example
"Through my entire time as a student pursuing my undergraduate degree, medical degree and then heading into residency, I've always been a calm, cool and collected individual. During residency, one of my attending physicians was a great role model to learn from as she had a great demeanor with each patient and she was able to tailor her approach to each individual patient. From her, I was able to better learn how to stay professional with each and every patient I encountered."
Experienced Example
"For me personally, I pride myself on not letting personal biases or feelings get in the way of myself and my patients. I come into each session with a patient as a completely clean slate that uses my training and experience to be the best psychiatrist and patient advocate that I can be."
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Question 5 of 32
How many other po have you applied to?
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Question 6 of 32
Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or both? Explain your answer.
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Question 7 of 32
What kind of impact would you like to make here?
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Question 8 of 32
What do you know about our facility?
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Question 9 of 32
Talk about a time you had to deal with a crisis situation. How did you handle that situation and what was the outcome?
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Question 10 of 32
Is there a particular patient population that you specialize in or prefer working with?
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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: 08/17/2018

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Question 11 of 32
Talk about the importance of the entire patient care team in a Psychiatric setting. How do you work with other member of your care team?
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Question 12 of 32
Have you worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings? Do you have a preference of one vs. the other?
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Question 13 of 32
Psychiatric providers are in high demand right now across the entire country. Why do you think that is?
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Question 14 of 32
What electronic medical records do you have experience working with?
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Question 15 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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Question 16 of 32
What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
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Question 17 of 32
What books have you recently read?
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Question 18 of 32
What is your favorite type of patient?
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Question 19 of 32
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 20 of 32
Do you have previous experience in this field?
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Question 21 of 32
Why did you become a psychiatrist?
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Question 22 of 32
Are you an empathetic person?
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Question 23 of 32
What have you done in the past year to better yourself as a Psychiatrist?
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Question 24 of 32
What role do you think Psychiatrists play in the overall health care system?
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Question 25 of 32
How would your former employer describe you?
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Question 26 of 32
What is the most difficult part of being a Psychiatrist?
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Question 27 of 32
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 28 of 32
Are you efficient with your time?
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Question 29 of 32
What are your career goals?
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Question 30 of 32
What areas of biological psychiatry are of particular interest to you?
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Question 31 of 32
What areas of psychological psychiatry are of particular interest to you?
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Question 32 of 32
Do you have interest in pursuing research or have you been involved in research in the past?
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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.

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