Medical Job Interview Tips

As a medical professional something you will come to learn is that there will always be pressure on you. When you’re looking to get hired as a medical professional it’s always best to be as prepared as possible. So, what are some steps you can take to be the best candidate possible in your interview? In this article we will look over some common interview questions and great corresponding responses. We’ll also talk about documents that are important to bring a copy of, and great questions to ask your potential employer during the interview. Let’s jump in.


Common Interview Questions & Great Responses

Q: Why do you want to work in this industry?

A: “I’ve always loved the healthcare industry, but my interest in nursing really started when I volunteered at a neighborhood clinic. I knew our department capabilities were amazing but that the staff could practice better patient care. So I worked with management to come up with a strategy that increased our patient satisfaction rates by 25% in a year. It was great to be able to contribute positively to an industry I feel so passionate about, and to help promote a clinic I really believed in.”


Q: What salary are you looking for?

A: “I’m more interested in the role itself than the pay. That said, I’d expect to be paid the appropriate range for this role, based on my five years of experience. I also think a fair salary would bear in mind the high cost of living here in New York City.”


Q: What’s your biggest weakness?

A: “I’ve never been very comfortable with public speaking – which as you know, can be a hindrance in the workplace. Realizing this was a problem, I asked my previous employer if I could enroll in a speech workshop. He said “yes.” I took the class, and was able to overcome my lifelong fear. Since then, I’ve given lots of presentations to audiences of over a 100 – I still don’t love it, but no one else can tell!”


Q: Why should we hire you?

A: “I’ve been a medical secretary for the past ten years – my boss has said time and time again that without me, the clinic would fall apart. I’m a technology whiz now, which means I can work faster, and take over some of what my boss would traditionally have had to do himself. What’s good enough for most people is never really good enough for me.”


Q: What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?

A: “When I was in college, I took an art class to supplement my curriculum. I didn’t take it very seriously, and assumed that, compared to my Biology classes, it would be a walk in the park. My failing grades at midterm showed me otherwise. I’d even jeopardized my scholarship status. I knew I had to get my act together. I spent the rest of the semester making up for it, ended up getting a decent grade in the class. I learned that no matter what I’m doing, I should strive to do it to the best of my ability. Otherwise, it’s not worth doing at all.”



Important Information

Many jobs require you provide proof for a wide variety of credentials. This is a comprehensive list of documents they will expect you to provide:


  • Criminal Background Clearance
  • Negative 5-Panel Drug Screen
  • Valid/Current Photo Identification
  • Proof of Work Status
  • Oig / Epls
  • Primary Source Verification
  • Proof Of Hipaa In-Service
  • Relevant Experience
  • 3 Employment References
  • Annual Flu Vaccine
  • Immunization Proof
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test
  • N95/PAPR Fit Test
  • Chest X-Ray (Tuberculosis)
  • Annual Facility Gate Clearance Form
  • Annual Tuberculosis Questionnaire
  • License
  • Resume
  • Basic Life Support Certification


5 Great Questions To Ask Your Potential Employer

When you’re in an interview often times your potential employer will ask you if you have any questions. It’s important you prepare a few questions, because you don’t want to be put on the spot or run the risk of your potential employer assuming you aren’t interested in the available position.


  1. Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
  2. Can you describe the culture of this company?
  3. What do you like best about working for this company?
  4. What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
  5. What are the next steps in the interview process?


Becoming a working medical professional can be a hard transition. Do your research, and be persistent. You will find the job you’re looking for.