The Medical Assistant Job Interview: What to Expect

Medical AssistantYou have the career training and skills you need to be an effective medical assistant, but how are you going to turn that job interview into a job offer? By knowing what to expect and being prepared! Here’s what you need to know before you go on a medical assistant job interview:

All about the practice: Before you set foot through the door of a medical practice you hope to work at, you need to do your homework. Find out all you can about the practice, its physicians and the patients it serves. Access their website, check out the physicians’ LinkedIn profiles and run a Google search. Does it sound like somewhere you’d like to work?

How to prepare a polished resume and cover letter: Until you can provide evidence and details of your talents in an interview, all the hiring manager knows about you is what’s on your professional portfolio. You can expect that they’ve read your resume and cover letter, and also done some research of their own. Is your online image something you’re proud of? Do some digital research on yourself and make certain you’re representing yourself as the medical professional you hope to become.

Some of the questions you might be asked: Your future employer wants to know that you have the competency to perform the tasks of your new job, but they also want to know that you’ve got a great work ethic and will fit well with their organization. Just a few questions you might be asked in a medical assistant job interview include the general, like:

  • What can you tell me about yourself?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • How do you deal with conflict?
  • Can you give me an example of how you work well on a team?

Some questions you might be asked that are more specific to the medical assistant profession include:

  • Why did you choose the medical assistant profession?
  • What do you like most about being a medical assistant?
  • What do you like least?
  • What certifications do you have?
  • What do you know about HIPPA and OSHA-BBP regulations?
  • What experience do you have with electronic medical records software?
  • Can you give me an example of a time you had to deal with a difficult patient?
  • Why do you want to work at our practice?

The important thing to remember as you consider your answers to these questions is that you want to demonstrate why you’d be a good fit to the practice. Be honest, positive and enthusiastic. If you can’t reference job experiences, talk about the career training you received in medical assisting and why you’re ready to tackle whatever your new employer has to throw at you!

If you’d like to learn more about this rewarding field, check out the medical assistant program at Career Quest Learning Centers. Give us a call in Lansing at 877-481-4930 or Jackson at 877-365-8144 to schedule a school tour today!


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