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Surgical First Assistant Interview Questions

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Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice.

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Has there ever been a time that you felt you should not participate in a specific surgery? If so, how did you handle the situation?

Surgical First Assistant Interview Questions

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    Has there ever been a time that you felt you should not participate in a specific surgery? If so, how did you handle the situation?

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    Working in surgery requires a great deal of attention to detail and often multi-tasking. What do you do to help keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed?

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    Why did you choose a career as a surgical first assistant?

  4. 4.

    What is one of your biggest weaknesses and what are you doing to improve in that area?

  5. 5.

    Tell me about a time you had a disagreement with a coworker and how it was resolved.

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    There are many different personalities among peers and coworkers. What would you like for people to notice about your personality?

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    What do you dislike most about being a surgical first assistant?

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    Give me an example of an interesting surgical case that you assisted with.

  9. 9.

    What is something about you that most people may not know?

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    Many healthcare workers report experiencing 'burn out' at some point in their careers. What do you do to help prevent this in your life?

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    How do you approach dealing with an angry patient, and why?

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    What sets you apart from other surgical first assistants, and why are you the best candidate for this job?

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    What are some of the first things you'd like to accomplish if you are offered this position?

  14. 14.

    What are some aspects of your specialty that make it unique compared to other specialties?

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    Have you ever felt it necessary to go to someone who is higher in the chain of command than your immediate supervisor to resolve or report an issue?

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    Have you ever considered going to back to school to get a higher degree or to change career paths?

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    Talk about a time that you had to deal with a significant change in your work procedures or in your workplace. How did you handle that change?

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    Tell me about a time that there was an unexpected emergency at work. How did you handle the situation?

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    Would you ever consider relocation? If so, what areas are you open to?

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    What is your greatest fear about being a surgical first assistant?

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    What makes you feel you will be a good fit for our organization?

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    If you were scheduled to assist with a surgery, but had reason to believe that the surgeon was impaired and may be unsafe to perform surgery, what would you do?

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    Do you feel like you have strong relationship building skills?

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    If you were working a case where a patient had signed consent, but just before being sedated, he stated to you that he doesn't think he wants the surgery, what would your response be?

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    Working in a surgical setting is often very stressful. What are some ways that you prepare yourself for potentially stressful situations?

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    How would you handle a situation if a family member was angry because of a poor surgical outcome regarding their loved one?

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    Have you ever been yelled at by a surgeon, and if so, how did you or how would you handle that situation?

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    What is an example of one of the most difficult cases you have ever worked?

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    What kind of coworkers do you find difficult to work with?

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    If you suspected a team member of having a hangover or being under the influence of other substances, what would your response be?