Common Questions for a Medical Assistant Interview
Do you have an interview coming up for a medical assistant job? Are you nervous about what the questions might be? We can’t predict what your future employer will ask you, but we can show you some common questions to expect. If you are prepared with answers to these questions, you should be able to get through the interview in one piece.
- What is your work experience in the medical field?
If you have worked as an intern or a medical assistant in the past, this is the time to bring up your experience. If you do not have any experience, talk about your education or other work you have done in the past. As long as you can tie it into your career in some way, you’ll be in good shape.
- Are you certified?
This one is pretty straightforward. If you are not certified at this time, tell your employer about the steps you are taking to earn your certification. Just make sure you’re honest about that.
- Would you consider yourself a people person?
Always answer this question with a “yes.” Medical assistants have to work with patients on a daily basis. They are the ones that create the first impression of a place of work. If you cannot work well with people, you’re not going to get hired. Period.
- How would you handle an angry patient?
This is a tough question to answer because sometimes you have to show some assertiveness towards an unruly patient. Rather than letting your employer know that though, you can tell him that you would try to politely calm the patient as much as possible. If you were unsuccessful with that, you can say that you would ask for support from a supervisor. Interviewers like to hear that you’re not afraid to ask for assistance.
- What made you want to be a medical assistant?
Be as honest as you want to here. Just note that employers will be able to tell if you are lying about this matter. If the truth is you just wanted a good job to support your family, explain that. Honesty is always the best policy.
Think about what you would want to know about someone you were interviewing, and prepare to answer those kinds of questions. You will be working at the office in no time!
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