Situational Questions for an Anesthesiologist Interview

To help you prepare for your Situational Anesthesiologist interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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Everyone on your PACU is busy, and you asked the nursing staff to get one of your patients a warm blanket. The patient has yet to receive a blanket 30 minutes later, and they are upset about it. Tell me how you proceed.

"I would first reassure the patient that I would talk with our team to make sure the patient gets the blanket soon. If I had the time, I wouldn't hesitate to grab it myself. Upon leaving the room, I would first approach the charge nurse on duty and let them know of the situation. I would keep this conversation professional. Then, I would make sure that either one of the nurses or I talked with the patient to get them what they need."

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30 Situational Interview Questions for an Anesthesiologist Interview

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  • 1. Everyone on your PACU is busy, and you asked the nursing staff to get one of your patients a warm blanket. The patient has yet to receive a blanket 30 minutes later, and they are upset about it. Tell me how you proceed.

  • 2. If a patient was undergoing a very risky procedure, what would your communication objective be prior to the surgery?

  • 3. As an anesthesiologist, there is a chance that your patient will not make it out of surgery. How would you handle that situation?

  • 4. If you witnessed a physician peer doing or saying something inappropriate to a support staff member, how would you respond?

  • 5. How would you handle a patient who was combative and verbally abusive, including spitting and forcefully removing IVs and catheters?

  • 6. If you are faced with days of long work hours and stressful case loads in our anesthesia practice, how will you stay motivated to succeed every day?

  • 7. If you had a personality conflict with a fellow physician in our practice, how would you effectively work through that situation?

  • 8. If you encountered a patient that had an allergy to lidocaine or other local anesthesia, what alternative methods of sedation would you suggest?

  • 9. A recent patient survey comes back, and you find out that you did not meet a patient's expectations for their anesthesia care. What are the next steps you would take?

  • 10. If you were in the middle of a busy day and a key piece of equipment failed, how would you handle the workload, patients, and stress moving forward until a fix was found?

  • 11. How would you handle a member of the patient-care team who wasn't pulling their weight on the team on a busy day?

  • 12. You are caring for a three-year-old patient and ordering a weight-based medication. When you look at the patient's records, you find the weight was documented in pounds by the nursing staff. Explain how you proceed.

  • 13. Let's say you are caring for a patient in our PACU whose respiratory function has taken a turn for the worse. Tell me how you would proceed.

  • 14. You just finished preparing IV medications for a patient with the nursing staff, and you thoroughly washed your hands before doing so. As you enter the patient's room with the medication, describe the first thing you do to prevent patient infection.

  • 15. You are preparing for a simple procedure, and you ask the nurse to retrieve the mepivacaine that will be used on the patient. What do you do upon receiving it from the nurse?

  • 16. If you are called to a code blue situation at our hospital, what would your initial steps be as the Anesthesiologist?

  • 17. How would you handle a patient who requests more pain medication, even though they've received enough per your best judgement?

  • 18. You are nearing the end of your shift, and you are exhausted from a busy shift for the anesthesia care team. As your colleague arrives to relieve you, tell me how you proceed.

  • 19. You are alone in a break room with two other physicians who are talking about a patient and confidential health information. How would you respond?

  • 20. At times, you may work with difficult and uncooperative colleagues and team members. How would you handle an uncooperative colleague in an important situation?

  • 21. What would you do to change your communication style if a patient, or their family, had trouble understanding what you were trying to tell them?

  • 22. How would you handle a situation in which you had an ethical or philosophical difference with a patient?

  • 23. How would you handle someone asking you for medical advice or diagnosis validation outside the workplace?

  • 24. How would you handle a difficult family member who disagrees with the care that the patient agreed to?

  • 25. Describe a situation in which it may be appropriate to use humor in the workplace as an Anesthesiologist.

  • 26. How would you handle a colleague rejecting an idea you pitched?

  • 27. How would you react to an emotionally difficult or challenging patient situation?

  • 28. A colleague left their computer open with our EMR and sensitive information on the screen, and you are the only one in the shared office at the time. How would you address this with them?

  • 29. If you had too many patient priorities at once, how would you decide which to do first, and how would you seek assistance?

  • 30. What steps would you take if you suspected a patient was being subjected to physical abuse in their home?