Top 20 Surgical First Assistant Interview Questions
Question 1 of 20
Why do you want a career as a surgical first assistant?
Because I feel that the role enables me to have a real impact on the safety and efficiency of the department.
I want a career as a first assistant because it's my passion to be a part of the team to help people get well.
Question 2 of 20
What kind of doctor do you enjoy working with the most?
I enjoy working with all speciality's and work well with people from all backgrounds.
One that is trusts the team they are given and one that can teach me as you really can't stop learning in the field.
Question 3 of 20
What do you dislike most about surgery?
There is no particular aspect of surgery which I do not like.
Question 4 of 20
How do you prepare yourself for a long surgery?
I mentally prepare by going over the steps in my head and physically prepare by grabbing a quick snack and using the restroom.
Question 5 of 20
Have you ever been yelled at by a doctor? How did you handle it?
I have. I apologized for what happened and quickly fixed it. I also made a mental note to not do it ever again.
Question 6 of 20
Do you work well under pressure?
Yes L have experience working in stressful environments such as A&E and have been able to work well under pressure.
I do. When there is pressure involved it is time to focuse more on what I can as a person do to fix the situation.
Question 7 of 20
Tell me about your education. How has it prepared you for this job?
It has given me the underpinning knowledge to gain the skills and understanding of legal implications of the role.
My time at Miller-Motte taught me the basics and gave me a strong foundation for being a scrub tech. My additional schooling helped me advance from a scrub to a first assistant giving me skills to help the surgeon even more.
Question 8 of 20
Why are you the best candidate for us?
Because I am committed to ensuring that I am successfully the role improving the standard of care given to the clients.
I am the best candidate because I am motivated to come to work and be a team player to care for each patient as they were my family. I handle all sorts of different situations by staying composed and ahead of the game.
Question 9 of 20
How do you handle stressful situations?
I usually try to figure out what is causing it and how to handle the source of stress.
Question 10 of 20
What do you feel is the most important skill a surgical first assistant should possess?
Good communication skills to establish safe and efficient care.
Anticipating the needs of the surgeon. The surgeon relies on you to know the next step and keep things moving in a fluid motion.
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Question 11 of 20
What makes you passionate about being a Surgical First Assistant?
Providing the highest standard of safe surgical care.
Providing the highest standard of safe surgical care.
Being able to be the surgeons right hand and helping people to get on the path to recovery.
Question 12 of 20
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
The challenges I faced were those of the managerial role not being involved with the OR. We had to come together as the OR and really work as a team and look out for one another.
Question 13 of 20
What is your greatest strength?
Genuine caring about people and there well being.
Being able to adapt to change and to do so quickly.
Question 14 of 20
What is your greatest weakness?
Impatience with people who are not team players.
My greatest weakness is that I'm detail oriented and that I can focus a lot on making sure everything is where it is supposed to be.
Question 15 of 20
How do you handle stress and pressure?
I handle it pretty well by taking a step back and reevaluating what is causing the stress or pressure. Also by saying a prayer that I can get control over the situation to be calm.
Question 16 of 20
How do you evaluate success?
Success with my job would be at the end of the day everything I was assigned to do was properly done and each patient was cared for.
Question 17 of 20
Why should we hire you?
Because I am hard working have a strong work ethic and the skill needed to do the job well.
Because I am a motivated worker who is striving to provide the best care to my patients every day.
Question 18 of 20
Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
I have founded the best practice group within the department which is changing practice and improving standards.
I am most proud of moving away. I never thought I would leave Charleston and was terrified to do so. I moved away for 4 years and it was the most growing and learning I have done as a person.
Question 19 of 20
If you could, would you choose a different career?
I don't believe so. I chose this career because I love helping people. It's more of a behind the scenes position and that's what I really
Question 20 of 20
What are your career goals?
About Surgical First Assistant
June 23rd, 2017
Surgical first assistants are healthcare professionals who work as part of the surgical team. Their main responsibility is to render assistance to the surgeon during any surgical procedure. Surgical first assistants perform varied tasks in the operation theater, from preparing and positioning the patient before the procedure to monitoring the patient post-surgery. During the surgery, the surgical first assistant works closely with the surgeon, assisting with a few specific procedures such as providing hemostasis, closing up incisions and applying the appropriate dressings.
Completing a Surgical First Assistant Program is the first step towards a career in this field. You can choose to do specialist courses to learn skills for assisting in specific surgical specialties such as cardiac, spinal, vascular, orthopedic, trauma or genitourinary surgery. In addition to being familiar with the relevant surgical procedures, surgical first assistants must also be dextrous, quick-thinking, and detail oriented and have strong listening and problem-solving skills. This is a physically demanding role as it often involves standing on your feet for extended periods of time during complicated procedures.
The interviewing panel will have a series of questions to ask you to ascertain whether or not you have what it takes to work as a surgical first assistant. Some questions aim to test your knowledge of surgical procedures, equipment sterilization techniques, and emergency protocol. Other questions will aim to assess your commitment to the role and your career goals. For a successful interview, your replies must be well-thought out and convincing. To get a better idea of the kind of questions that are asked at surgical first assistant interviews, check out Mock Questions.