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How To Answer The Most Common And Challenging Interview Questions

By October 11, 2017 No Comments

Interviews are tough. You’ll be asked challenging questions and it’s up to you to answer them in a way that makes you stand-out from the other candidates. That’s rarely easy, but it can be easier if you’re well-prepared before you interview.

In a previous post, we shared the five best questions an interviewer can ask an oncology candidate. So today, we’re sharing how you as a candidate can prepare for interviews where you’ll be asked those five questions.


1) Why Did You Choose Oncology?

Related Questions:

  • What motivates you?
  • Why do you want to work in medicine?

When interviewers ask this question they want to find out who you are as a person and what you value. They’re also looking to make sure you know what you’re getting into when you go into cancer care.

This is a perfect opportunity to share a personal story or anecdote. Give the interviewer a look at your motivation for going into cancer care. Ideally, this story will let them see your human side and your commitment to medicine at the same time.

2) What Separates You From Other Candidates?

Related questions:

  • What will you add to our practice/bring to this team?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Tell me about what you’re most proud of in your career or training.

Interviewers are looking to see if you can articulate your skills clearly and get an idea of how you’d fit into their team. There’s a good chance they’ll be interviewing a large number of candidates, so answering this question well gives you a chance to stand out.

Your answer should demonstrate that you can be a team player. Show that you know your value, can articulate your skills and provide examples to support your knowledge, and that you’re willing to keep learning. Try to give three concrete examples of the unique strengths you can bring to a team.

3) Tell Me About A Time You Dealt With A Stressful Work Situation

Related questions:

  • Describe a mistake you made with a patient.
  • Tell me about a time you had trouble with a co-worker.
  • What is your biggest career mistake or failure?

This question gives interviewers a chance to see how you talk about difficult situations. They’re looking for specific examples that demonstrate your honesty and commitment to working through things that don’t go as planned.

The best thing you can do is tell a story. Never be dishonest, but it’s okay to frame things in a positive light and end your story by showing how you’ve grown and developed. Describe what happened, how you dealt with it, and show that you learned from the situation.

4) How Do You Prefer To Handle Patient Care?

Related questions:

  • How many patients are you comfortable seeing in a day?
  • How do you help create a great patient experience?

Interviewers need to know they can count on you to care for all the patients you’d be assigned. With this question, they’re also looking at how well your personal ideals align with their practice.

When answering this question, you can tell a short story that illustrates your sensitivity to patient needs and your commitment to putting patient care first. Try to avoid giving the interviewer a limit to the number of patients you want to see. Rather, show that you’re ready to contribute to the practice’s success and follow-through on your commitments.

5) What Do You Think Of The Future of Oncology Care?

Related Questions:

This question gives interviewers an idea about whether or not you can think long-term and care about the future of oncology. It can also touch on your personal career goals and your familiarity with technology used in health care.

Want more help finding an oncology position and preparing for interviews? Get in touch with us. RadCoverage specializes in finding locums and permanent positions for qualified radiation oncologists and we can help you, too.