Questions to ask in a job interview in the healthcare industry

Susanna Kahr

When preparing for an interview, it’s important to not only practice your responses to common questions but also to develop your own questions in advance. Coming with intelligent questions can give the team some insight into your priorities and the criteria that you’ll be evaluating when determining which position to select while giving you the opportunity to demonstrate the research you’ve done about their organization.

Keep in mind that websites like kununu can help you learn as much about the organization in advance so you can bring well-informed questions to the table. While the questions we’ve listed here serve as a great starting point for a healthcare interview, adding custom questions based on your research is critical.

Without further ado, here are some of the general questions you might choose to ask followed by questions specific to certain positions in a healthcare organization. We recommend choosing 3-5 that best reflect your interests and motivations.

General questions for healthcare interviews

After reviewing your HCAHPS scores, I see your organization is highly rated when it comes to (fill in the blank). To what do you credit your success in this area?

What have you done to measure employee engagement in the last year? What were your focus areas as a result?

How do you measure and manage employee performance? What is the organization’s general approach to an underperforming employee?

What is this organization doing to support innovation and advancement? What are some of the innovations or advancements you’re most proud of in the last year?

Questions for nursing positions

What is the target nurse: patient ratio on the unit? How does this change based on the acuity of patients?

How are new nurses mentored as they build their skills in practice? How much time are new nurses given to achieve competency before working independently?

What opportunities do nurses have to grow within the organization? What percentage of leadership positions are filled with internal candidates?

Questions for lab positions

Which equipment do you use? Will I expected to be proficient upon hire or will training be provided if I’m unfamiliar with the brand or model you use here?

Are there typically phlebotomists staffed 24 hours a day, or do medical technologists and MLTs complete draws often?

Are opportunities provided to earn continuing education credits through the workplace?

Questions for pharmacy positions

To what extent is this position involved in patient care (chart review, rounding, etc)?

How would you describe the collaboration between pharmacy staff, physicians, and nurses in your organization?

What EMR or EMRs would I be working in?

What measures has this organization taken to fight the opioid crisis?

Questions for respiratory positions

Are respiratory therapists able to practice at the top of their license within this organization?

Is the department staffed 24/7 or is call required? If call is required, what is the call rotation like? Will that increase during leaves of absence and times of high census?

As a respiratory therapist in your organization, will be assigned to a certain floor or unit or serve all floors/units within the organization?

Questions for radiology positions

Which equipment are you currently using for this modality (CT, MRI, mammo, etc.)?

Which exams will I do? How much of my time can I expect to spend in each modality or discipline (OB, vascular, etc.)?

Is call required, and if so, how many employees share call?

Questions for support positions

How would you describe the collaboration between clinical staff and non-clinical staff in this organization?

What opportunities will I have to grow, either through personal development or career advancement?

What level of autonomy can I expect to have in my role here? Will I be able to make some decisions about the way I work?

 

Again, choose just a few questions to bring to the interview – 5 at most – and write them down ahead of time. The high-pressure situation often makes it tough to remember the questions you had planned on asking.

 

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