Five questions you may be asked in a job interview
The worst part about a medical assisting job interview is the nervousness of not knowing what to expect. The good news is while there are a lot of variables in play for a job interview, depending on your specialty and the medical facility, there are some things that remain consistent. And if you are properly prepared, that’s half-way to entering your job interview with confidence.
At First Institute, our career services staff has prepared five questions you’re most likely to be asked during your first job interview.
Why did you leave your last position?
This is not an open invitation to bash your former employer or your least-favorite job tasks. Instead, highlights the goals you’ve set for yourself and simply point out they didn’t mesh with the goals of your previous employer. If your last job didn’t provide enough opportunities to showcase your unique skill set, say that you are seeking a position that will allow you to do so.
What is your greatest weakness?
This is a great opportunity to showcase your honesty, your awareness of your own self-limits and to show that you are dedicated to improving. Employers don’t want to hear clichéd weaknesses disguised as positives, such as “I work too hard” or “I care too much.” Instead pick a small weakness and discuss how you are working to improve. Just be careful about being too critical of yourself.
Describe a difficult situation you experienced in a previous job and how you handled it?
Medical assisting can be a touchy job and you can find yourself in a number of tough on-the-job situations. The interviewer is looking for someone who can solve problems. Use this opportunity to showcase your ability to identify a problem and apply quick problem-solving and communication skills to help resolve the situation.
Why should we hire you?
Here’s your chance to demonstrate just how much research you conducted prior to the interview. Your resume already lists your qualifications, but this is a chance to explain why those qualifications make you the ideal candidate. Find a way to tie your skills and knowledge to the specific medical clinic or facility. Having the skill-set may not be enough – employers want to know how you will directly make the staff better.
At First Institute, our Career Services staff can help you practice for real-life medical assistant interview situations. Not only that, we can also help you by providing resume and cover letter writing assistance, as well help researching medical assistant job openings.
Request information today and see how we can help you achieve your career goals.
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