It’s never been a better time to be an anesthesiologist assistant. The AANA (American Association of Nurse Anesthetists) predicts that by 2026.
There will be over 100,000 jobs available for certified AAs across the United States and with an increasing focus on health care and wellness, these positions are sure to grow even more in demand.
If you’re looking for a career change or are interested in pursuing a career as an AA without formal education requirements (there are many!), this is the guide for you.
Show Your Personality And What Makes You Unique
Show your personality. This doesn’t mean you need to go into the interview with a bubbly attitude and a smile on your face, but it’s important that you come across as genuine.
Be confident. While confidence isn’t necessarily the same thing as being overly cocky, it is important to be sure of yourself in the job interview if you want to land the job.
Prepare for questions ahead of time. When answering questions, consider what perspective they’re coming from and whether or not your answer would make sense or seem logical from that perspective before answering.
Be authentic in your answers don’t try too hard! This goes along with being professional and polite during the process;
Being aware of how much enthusiasm is appropriate for this stage, in particular, will help ensure that things move along smoothly without feeling uncomfortable either way (either too little or too much).
Research The Company And Know Yourself
You should research the company and know yourself. Find out their mission, vision, and values. Know what you want to do, and what you can do. Find out what the company is looking for in an employee (what are their hiring needs?)
So that when you apply for a position at this company it will be a good fit. Learn about the job description too; it will help you understand how your skills could be put to use by this employer.
Highlight Your Strengths
“You have to sell yourself,” says Dr. Jeff Metcalf, the president and CEO of the American Society of Anesthesiologist Assistants (ASAA).
“You’re going to see a lot of other people who are qualified, but there’s no reason why yours should stand out. You need to highlight your strengths.”
Dr. Metcalf recommends being honest about your weaknesses as well as your accomplishments but not too honest! “You can’t say ‘I’m horrible at everything’ or ‘I always get fired,'” he says.
Don’t try too hard to show off either; if you sound like an arrogant jerk, employers might be turned off by that alone!
In addition to highlighting your professional strengths and achievements, Dr. Metcalf recommends bringing up personal interests outside work whenever possible during interviews:
“Discuss things that make you unique like maybe how much time you spend volunteering in a homeless shelter on weekends.”
It’s best not to talk about hobbies that don’t relate closely enough to anesthesiology assistant duties (“If someone said they were into pottery classes,” says Dr., “I’d probably be hesitant.”)
Be A Resource For Others
You may not have thought about this before, but being a resource for others is one of the most important traits you can have.
I’m not talking about being a good listener or mentor (though those are good things to be). I mean that you need to be more than just someone who helps people succeed you need to be a leader.
You should strive to be a leader by:
Being a good team player. You want your team members’ success to mean as much as yours does. And because they’ll help you succeed in turn, they’re going to put in more effort than they ever would if it was just another random person’s success at stake.
Being willing and able to teach others how best to do their job so that everyone on staff has an equal chance at succeeding with their responsibilities (and therefore feeling like part of the team).
This means having an open mind for new ideas that might improve processes or procedures within your organization even if those ideas come from below rather than above!
Show up early. Most offices will expect you to arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of your scheduled interview time, especially if it’s your first visit with the office and/or the hiring manager.
This is not a race, but rather a chance for you to showcase your organizational skills by making sure you’re prepared and ready before the interview starts.
If there’s no need to wait around after an interview ends (aside from any paperwork), don’t just sit and twiddle your thumbs until it’s over.
Try taking advantage of this downtime by using the restroom or getting some water from the water cooler on your way out and if possible, make small talk with other patients or staff members who might be waiting around as well!
Don’t come in late: It’s disrespectful when someone shows up late for an interview or appointment especially when they’re already running behind schedule due to traffic issues!
Punctuality shows respect for others’ time; arriving late can give off negative vibes about how much importance an applicant places on others’ schedules—and that’s something employers won’t like seeing very much!
Set Intentions For The Interview
Before you interview, think about what you want to accomplish. What do you hope to learn? What are the next five to ten years looking like for your career?
How can this position help you get where you want to be in that time frame? How can this position help build your skill set and experience and how might it impact your life outside of work in a positive way?
Consider what kind of person would be great for the job and how they might differ from yourself. (For example: if someone has worked in anesthesiology for many years but isn’t as familiar with surgical procedures as some applicants may be.)
This will help sharpen your focus when answering questions during an interview.
Use The STAR Method To Answer Behavioral Questions
The STAR method is a way to structure your answer to a behavioral question. It stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result.
The best way to use the STAR method is when asked about past experiences in which you’ve demonstrated what you want to be known for (e.g., “Tell me about a time that you showed leadership” or “Tell me about an experience where you had to work under pressure”).
The first step of answering questions using this formula is describing the situation: You should give enough information so that your interviewer can understand what happened without being too specific or rambling on and on about every little detail.
Next comes your task: What did someone ask/expect from you? What was expected from people in general?
For example when asked “What challenges have you faced at work?” could mean many things including being able to handle stress well, managing a team effectively or working with others who have different personality types than yours, etc…
The third step would be telling us how did it happen? Did something bad happen because of something else? Did someone else do something wrong because they weren’t doing their job right?
Or maybe even just explaining how did this happen without mentioning anyone’s name at all (which might sound weird but some questions allow that). Finally describe the result of this action and what happened after taking those actions described above.”
Ask Good Questions
Asking good questions is important in the interview process because it shows that you are interested in the position and care about what’s going on at the company.
It also allows you to learn more about the job and see if it will be a good fit for you. So, what kinds of questions should you ask? Here are some examples:
Ask about the company’s values and culture. This will give you insight into what they value most. For example, if they’re focused on customer service or innovation, those are things that align with your values as well!
Follow Up With A Thank-You Note
As soon as you finish your interview, send a thank-you note to the person who interviewed you. Make it personal and mention something from the interview that you enjoyed.
For example, if they told you about their family or shared an interesting story about their background, reference it in your email.
Or if there was a specific part of the interview process that stood out for you, let them know how much it meant to you (e.g., “It was great seeing how much thought went into designing this building!”).
It’s also a good idea to ask whether or not they have any openings in other departments if they do, ask if they’d be willing to consider you for those positions as well.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Feedback On An Interview You Didn’t Get
If you don’t get the job, never be afraid to ask for feedback. Asking for feedback is a good way to learn about what you need to improve on and how you can better convey your strengths in future interviews.
You can ask for feedback from the interviewer, recruiter, hiring manager, HR department, and even the company’s website itself (if they have one).
If they aren’t willing or able to give specific details on what went wrong during your interview process then consider asking them if they would mind recommending someone else who might be better suited for this position.
Always Prepare Beforehand, But Expect The Unexpected, Too!
As an AANA, you can expect to have to be flexible with your patients, as problems can arise at any time. Always prepare beforehand, but don’t be afraid to go with the flow! You can never anticipate everything that may happen when dealing with patients.
But at the same time, it’s important not to be overconfident in your abilities you never know what could happen during an operation that requires intervention by another member of the team (or even some outside help).
Be Flexible If Needed
You may be asked to explain some of your answers, so be ready for that. It’s easy to get flustered when you’re put on the spot, but don’t let it throw you off too much.
You should also expect questions about what you perceive as your weaknesses and strengths, as well as career goals and work ethic.
You must understand how these questions fit into the interview process: employers want to know if employees are going to be a good fit for their team and their organization as a whole.
Explain How You Want To Fit Into The Company Culture
Your interviewer will likely ask you about the company’s culture. You must have a strong understanding of their values and beliefs, as well as how they operate. Here are some questions to think about:
- How would your character contribute to the culture of this unit?
- Describe a time someone asked for help, and how you were able to contribute in a meaningful way.
These types of questions give an interviewer insight into who you are by asking specific examples where hard work or helpfulness has been required.
Dress For Success
When it comes to dressing for success, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. What you choose to wear should depend on a variety of factors:
The culture of the company you’re interviewing with, the weather, what type of work you do, and other people that will be in attendance at your interview (i.e., HR managers and directors).
However, no matter what kind of job interview it is or who will be there whether it’s an initial phone screen or an onsite visit the following guidelines can help ensure that you present yourself as a professional while also showing off your personality and style.
Show That You’re Professional, But Don’t Be Afraid To Let Your Personality Shine Through!
The reason you want to show your personality is that it shows that you’re a good fit for the job. It makes things more enjoyable, and if you’re enjoying what you do then that can be reflected in the quality of work you produce.
But at the same time, any interviewee must be professional, so don’t go overboard by wearing bright clothes or using slang terms too much during an interview.
Researching common characteristics of anesthesiologist assistants will help give insight into what kind of personality would best suit this profession.
You may find some specific qualities that come up again and again which will help guide how much personality should be shown in interviews.
To find the right balance between being professional and showing your personality when interviewing for a job as an Anesthesiologist Assistant (AA), try thinking about where you could fit in with people at work every day – not just on paper but also socially!
Interviewing Is Stressful But It’s Important To Show Who You Are And Why You’re A Good Fit
These are all important things to keep in mind when preparing for and during the interview. But there is one thing that’s even more important: be yourself.
You don’t want to go into an interview trying to be someone else; this is your chance to show who you are, so let your personality shine through!
As an anesthesiologist assistant, it will likely come up at some point in your career that you will need to tend to people while they’re under anesthesia. Whether it’s administering medication or getting a patient ready for surgery, these responsibilities must be handled safely and effectively.
There are many different ways of learning how best to perform these tasks depending on where you work as well as what kind of experience comes with them (e., being able-bodied vs., disabled).
Everyone should learn how best to practice these tasks so they can better serve their patients’ needs by providing safe care procedures while they’re under anesthesia/sedation/.
We hope that this has helped you get a more in-depth look at what it takes to land your dream job as an anesthesiologist assistant.
The best thing you can do is to stay positive and remember that everyone makes mistakes! It’s how we learn from them that counts most. So go out there, put yourself out there and go for it! We wish you all the best of luck!