Pediatrician qualifications to look for
Pediatricians need a high level of proficiency in their field of expertise and a strong ability to communicate well with children as well as parents. Young patients can’t easily express symptoms, so it’s important they can relate to their patients in a way that helps them solve problems.
Your top hires will have an established level of professionalism, solid judgment, and a strong background in the specialty your department needs to hire.
Keep an eye out for candidates who are:
- Calm under pressure
- Critical thinkers
Top tip: Hire candidates willing to grow by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.
Role-specific interview questions
- Do you have experience in mass screening? Please explain.
- Can you explain the meaning of triage? What is your role in it?
- When was the last pediatrics conference you attended? How frequently do you attend these conferences?
- Is there a particular pediatrics subject you’re interested in? Why?
- What is the typical volume of patients you attend each day?
- What’s the process of examining a newborn? What do you look for and chart?
- How do you decide when to prescribe an antibiotic? What alternatives would you try first?
- What’s your experience with online prescription systems? Are you comfortable with it?
Behavioral interview questions
- Give me an example of a time you felt fulfillment for your job. What gets you out of bed each day?
- Tell me about a time you had to face an uncooperative child. What approach did you take?
- Recall a time you had a disagreement with a parent. How do you see things from their perspective and try to manage the situation?
- Describe a time you had to determine the symptoms of a child who was only crying without complaining. What was the process?
Problem-solving interview questions
- How do you prioritize patients who come into your office at the same time?
- How do you educate parents about vaccines?
- If a child complained about a continuous pain on their leg for the past two weeks, what do you look for?
- Imagine that a parent calls and tells you their child has a high fever and a rash. What is your response?