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5 Subjective Interview Questions Only You Know How to Answer

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Wrapping up our look at common interview questions that you’ll be asked on a job interview, courtesy of Chase Johnson over at CompHealth, we urge you to remember that most healthcare organizations want to learn the following about you through your answers: whether you match “all the technical skill requirements,” whether you’re “a cultural fit to a facility,” and whether you mesh “well within the community, can connect with patients, and have appropriate bedside manner--especially when dealing with life-and-death situations.”

Our final five are perhaps the most subjective questions on the list. Only you can determine the right answers to these questions. And even then, you won’t be completely sure.

1. “Why are you interested in this position?”

This question may be in our final installment, but Johnson says it could be asked early on in the interview. Remember how the “tell me about yourself” question wasn’t necessarily meant to be about personal information, but rather professional information?

This is your opportunity to “[t]alk about why you want to be in that city (Is it the size of the city? Cost of living? The people? Quality schools for your kids? No income tax?) and what is unique about the facility (Size? Renowned doctors? The facility culture?).”

It’s important that you don’t drone on and on, however. “This is a subjective question, but try to answer succinctly and get to the point quickly.”

2. “What are your strengths?”

Continuing the trend of subjective questions, this one gives you the opportunity “to highlight abilities that the interviewer will see as strengths. Things like work ethic, honesty, compassion, solid training, and the ability to work well with others are all things that will make you shine in the interview process.”

Of course, the next question will naturally be…

3. “What are your weaknesses?”

This one, however, is trickier. You have to be honest in your answer, of course, but you don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot.

Johnson advises this approach: “…try and answer this in a way that suggests weaknesses to you may not be so bad to the employer. If you appear to be a workaholic or an overachiever, that may not be a big red flag to the interviewer.”

Your answer could also suggests ways in which you are improving these perceived weaknesses.

4. “Why should I hire you?”

What a great trap to throw in your path at the end of an interview, which is where this question will probably pop up. Even if you’ve been feeling pretty good about your answers up to this point, your response to this question could sway the interviewer in a very meaningful and crucial way.

However, Johnson writes, if they do ask this question, it could mean “you are probably doing well. It is important to not overqualify yourself with your answer to this question. Try to highlight why you would be the only candidate who would fit the position.”

5. “What other practices are you investigating?”

As if you need a reminder to be honest at this point, it’s important with this question that you simply tell them. It should not come as a surprise to any interviewer that a qualified physician is seeking employment at multiple organizations.

Johnson advises that you still “highlight that the facility you are interviewing with is the most important.”

As physicians who are looking for a job, are there any other interview questions that you would add to our list? Which questions do you find the hardest to answer?

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