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Medical Assistant interview questions and answers

This Medical Assistant interview profile brings together a snapshot of what to look for in candidates with a balanced sample of suitable interview questions.

Christine Del Castillo
Christine Del Castillo

Former Community Manager at Workable specialized in employee experience, talent brands and our event series, Workable Ideas.


Medical Assistant Interview Questions

Medical Assistants are in high demand. You’ll have a lot of applicants for this role, and they’ll typically have accredited medical assistant training. It is possible to work as a medical assistant without certification, but some employers will require certification for tasks such as drawing blood. Previous hands-on medical assistant experience is highly desirable for this role.

These candidates are frequently hired for primary health care centers. In rural or inner-city clinics, medical assistants often practice medicine under the supervision of a physician. Their role is to assist the physician in all day-to-day activities. These include scheduling appointments, communicating with pharmacists, overseeing medical supplies, and directly serving patients and their families.

The candidate you hire must be organized, efficient, detail-oriented and empathetic. Use the following interview questions to distinguish practical experience from theoretical experience. In addition to actual experience as a medical assistant, top candidates will have researched your facility and will talk about why they are the most equipped to serve patients in your community.

Operational and Situational questions

  • Describe the medical training you have and how it relates to this position.
  • What work experience outside medicine do you have that might help you do well at this position?
  • How would you document my medical history?
  • What kinds of medical procedures have you assisted with?
  • How do you assist physicians in overseeing medical equipment and supplies?
  • A pharmacist calls to request a medication refill for a patient. What information should you ask for?
  • Describe your experience with phlebotomy.
  • Have you ever performed ECG?
  • How do you set up an IV fluid line?
  • How have you protect the rights and confidentiality of patients?
  • Describe a time you resolved a conflict with a difficult patient.
  • What would you do if you didn’t know how to answer a patient’s question?
  • How much do you know about our facility and the community we serve?


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