3 Interview Questions Doctors Should Avoid Asking

Building your portfolio practical experience and credentials can be challenging, but that’s just part of the process to land a job as a medical practitioner. The more challenging part of the hiring process is to pass the employer’s interview process. You need to stay positive and show genuine interest in the job opportunity, but there are situations when being overzealous can create an opposite effect and cost you your chance at getting a job offer.

While asking good questions shows that you’re done your research and that you want to gain a full understanding of the job, there are questions that you should always avoid asking during interviews. We’ve listed the top 5 must avoid questions for doctors during a job interview, brief explanations as to why they should never be asked, and a couple of alternative questions that you should consider.

1. Why are you hiring people for this position?

A fairly obvious question that can be answered by a simple “because we need people”, asking this question only makes you seem like you’re just making pointless talk. It also makes you look like you’re not enthusiastic enough to actually inquire about the position so you just came up with an uninspired question.

Alternative – Can you describe your group’s culture?

Doctors have to work with other members of the staff all the time and you need to know the company’s culture so you can prepare yourself and get on the same page with everyone. This would also help you get an idea if the institution you’re trying to get into is a good fit for your work ethic and personality.

2. When do you need someone for this position?

This may look like another good question since it gives them the impression that you’re itching to get the job, but it’s the same as the first one; employers want to hire fast because they want the position filled right away. Sure there is a processing time which could get anywhere form 2-3 weeks, but the answer to this question will always be “right away”.

Alternative – What does a normal day look like?

Asking about regular work pace will help you set expectations and make the necessary adjustments so you don’t get caught off-guard handling more patients than you thought you would. Also, employers want to hear applicants actually looking forward to the tasks at hand.

3. What are the working hours?

Doctors may have their assigned working hours, but it’s never a constant thing. A queue of last minute consultations or an unexpectedly long examination can happen suddenly at any time. Employers want to know that you’re willing to go the extra mile if necessary, not something that’s basically asking them what time you can leave soonest.

Alternative – How many patients should I expect to see in a day?

This won’t give you the exact working hours, but it can give you a rough idea on how the daily workload is like. Your employer may also give you details on when patients are more likely to show up, which can also help you figure out if you’re likely to go over the clock.

The saying “you only get one chance to make a good first impression” certainly applies to job Interviews and the best way to impress hiring managers is by showing genuine interest not only in the position, but in the organization as well. Ask the right questions and you have a better chance of securing that job.

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