An interview is a vital part of the hiring process, especially in the medical field. Getting the right information may help you find the right clinician for your organization. The key here is to ask questions that may help you get to know the candidate beyond what you see on the resume.
Here are some ideas that you could use during the discussion:
1. Can you tell me something about yourself and your background?
All the information you may need might already be in a candidate’s resume. Most interviewers choose to ask this as an icebreaker. This is one way to test if the information the candidate cites will match what is in the resume. This is also a means to gauge a candidate’s communication skills.
2. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
This is a common question asked even in interviews for non-medical fields. It is a way to find out if a candidate can be an asset to your practice and to be aware of a candidate’s area of improvement. It can also help you assess if a candidate’s personality. An overconfident physician may not be fit for your practice. That said, it will be best to avoid candidates who
deem they don’t have weaknesses.
3. Has there ever been a time you had to deal with a difficult patient?
You can ask the candidate to elaborate. This will help you determine if the candidate is capable of handling challenges that may or may not require medical approach.
4. What made you choose this practice/hospital/specialty?
Knowing a candidate’s motivation for wanting to work for you may give you a clue on how dedicated they are. It is also important to know how familiar a candidate is with your practice. This will show how keen their interests are and how invested they are to learn about your organization.
5. Is there anything you’d like to ask or clarify?
Not having any questions may mean lack of interest, although that’s not always the case. If a candidate does ask questions, it shows their intent to know more about the job and the workplace environment.