​​Whether you are just starting your career as a physician assistant or interviewing for another job, the interview can be a source of nervousness and dread for many candidates. But with preparation, it doesn’t have to be so scary.

One of the best ways to prepare for the interview is to prepare for any questions that may be asked. The point of most interview questions is to gauge your personality, qualifications and your ability to think on your feet and make quick decisions — all of which are vital to the role of a physician assistant and your ability to fulfill the job.

One of the most important abilities you should be able to demonstrate is the ability to work as a part of team in a stressful situation that requires quick action. To demonstrate this skill, be sure to explain how you will work with each member of the team and how each member fulfills a vital a role within patient care. You will likely be presented with scenarios, so the more experience you have accrued in a clinical setting, the better. Keep in mind that there are two sides of care: the compassion facing the patient, and the detail-oriented yet quick-thinking professionalism of the medical team.

If you demonstrate good ability to work in a team, are kind to people, and are knowledegable, you will ace the physician assistant interview. You’ve trained for the job, so relax and show them how you work.