Surgical First Assistant Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Surgical First Assistant interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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

"I believe acting calmly and speaking rationally is a great way to calm someone who is angry and I try to be the voice of reason without making someone feel that I am belittling them."

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30 Surgical First Assistant Interview Questions & Answers

Below is a list of our Surgical First Assistant interview questions. Click on any interview question to view our answer advice and answer examples. You may view 5 answer examples before our paywall loads. Afterwards, you'll be asked to upgrade to view the rest of our answers.

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

  • 2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 9. 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?

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

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

  • 12. 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?

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

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

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

  • 16. Why did you choose a career as a surgical first assistant?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 24. 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?

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

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

  • 27. 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?

  • 28. Do you feel like you have strong relationship building skills?

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

  • 30. 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?