Pediatrician Interview Questions

Ready to find your next compassionate pediatrician? These sample interview questions will help you find the best person for your team.

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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:

  • Positive 
  • Patient
  • Calm under pressure
  • Compassionate
  • 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?

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