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Medical assistants perform a variety of job duties and face many challenges in the workplace on a day-to-day basis. Because of the wide range of detailed medical procedures that take place in the working environment, the job of a medical assistant is a very serious one. If you know the right answers to these medical assistant interview questions, you may be a shoe-in for this job.
"What Do You Know About Our Organization?"
This is the employer's opportunity to see if your interest in the position is genuine. Before coming to the interview, take the time to look at the company's website and research the company's mission statement and goals. Tell the employer everything you know about the organization including why you think you would be a good fit.
What Are Your Academic Qualifications?
In the medical industry, degrees and academic certifications play a big role in determining whether you would be a good fit for the industry. Be sure to answer all questions about your academics truthfully because a background check will reveal anything you try to cover up.
Do You Like to Work With People?
The health care industry exists to help people. A medical assistant should be an outgoing and compassionate person. A grumpy person has no place in the medical world, according to Job Interview and Career Guide. Communicate to the interviewer that you enjoy being around people and that you have a genuine care for their needs. Use examples of ways you have shown your care for people in the past, if appropriate.
How Do Nurses and Medical Assistant Differ?
You may be asked this question if you're new to the industry. Many people think that nurses and medical assistants are one and the same, according to the Job Interview and Career Guide website. However, they are not. If you can answer this question and convince the interviewer that you know what the specific differences are, you will prove to the employer that you are well-versed in the medical field.
How Will You Deal With Upset Patients?
This is a great way to find out how you work under the pressure. Answer the question truthfully, and if appropriate, describe how you dealt with a tough patient in the past.
Describe How You Have Worked With Physicians in the Past
Be sure to use good detail here, but don't make your story too long. You want the interviewer to remember you, so make sure you have examples that make you stand out from the other applicants.
In the Past, How Did You Document Patient Information?
The interviewer may want to see if you are proficient in both paper and electronic documentation. If you are lacking in either one of these, emphasize that you can learn something new quickly.
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Based in Haddonfield, N.J., Liz Jacobs has been writing professionally since 2003. She started out writing for her school newspaper and since then has been published in "Philadelphia Magazine" and Progressive Business Publications. She also is an online content writer for various websites. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cornell University.