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Chad Wilson

Meet Chad

Chad Wilson is a career education professional with over 14 years of experience in career development.

In this role, he educates students on all things related to the world of work, including cover letter writing, resume development, interview preparation and business acumen. In addition to conducting hundreds of mock interviews for Mount Royal University, he also has over 10 years’ experience interviewing and hiring candidates in the education industry.

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Anonymous Answer

I am extremely loyal and committed to my employer. I am hardworking and am confident that once I learn this industry I will be a great employee for you. I am eager to learn and grow and am a natural leader who does very good in team environments and also works well on my own. I am a problem solver, not a problem caused, and look forward to growing with this company.

Chad's Answer

These are excellent reasons to hire you! I have offered a light revision below to frame the response more confidently.

I am the best candidate for you because am extremely loyal and committed to my employer. I am hardworking and am confident that I will be a great employee for you. I am eager to learn and grow, and am a natural leader who does very good in team environments, and also works well on my own. I am a problem solver, not a problem causer, and look forward to growing with this company.

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How does this position fit into your career goals?
Anonymous Answer

I am looking for a company where I can grow and add value. My primary goal as a business analyst is to get to a management position. I am certain that what your organization offers will help me in achieving those goals and I am excited about what this position has to offer.

Chad's Answer

Great answer! You sound confident in your career plan and have established an attainable long-term goal to focus on and work towards. I suggest adding a sentence indicating to the employer that you hope to achieve this goal with their company, if possible. You can further strengthen your answer by outlining the smaller steps you plan to accomplish in order to achieve your ultimate career goal.

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Anonymous Answer

I handle stress by taking it a step at a time. I tend to write down what is happening and evaluate needs based on risk. I currently work in a fast-paced environment and I tend to thrive in these kinds of environments.

Chad's Answer

Good answer! It sounds like you have developed an effective way to deal with work-related stress. Your experience working in a fast-paced environment will assure the interviewer of your ability to succeed in this type of environment.

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What excites you?
Anonymous Answer

I love a challenge. The idea of having projects, or even daily tasks to accomplish in an efficient manner is what I am all about. If I don't have a challenge given to me I always find myself challenging myself, trying to get faster, better more efficient. Would you like an example of this?

Chad's Answer

Great! It sounds like you are motivated by a sense of accomplishment, and energized by opportunities to test yourself, learn and create efficiencies. Also, asking the interviewer if they would like an example is a nice touch, as it creates an opportunity for dialogue. Be sure to have an example prepared, in the event it is needed.

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It is important that Salus University exercises great discernment when choosing applicants. What is your plan if you are not accepted into an optometry program this year?
Anonymous Answer

Since I have been invited to interview, I know that you have seen something in my application. I hope to convince you that I can succeed at Salus and hope to be invited into the program. That being said, if I am not accepted I would work as a vision therapist in a neuro-optometric clinic and become certified as a vision therapist. I would also plan to re-apply to optometry school next year as this is my passion.

Chad's Answer

Your determination and drive are evident in this answer! You have a strong plan in place in the event that you are not accepted to Salus University, which will enable you to continue building your skills and knowledge in the field of optometry, and strengthen your chance of being accepted if you have to reapply in the future. Excellent work!

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Do you consider yourself a creative thinker in the workplace or do you prefer to follow a predetermined set of rules?
Anonymous Answer

I do think of myself as a creative thinker and enjoy creative approaches and strategies to write new accounts.

Chad's Answer

It is clear you prefer creative thinking, but I would suggest adding a sentence that assures the employer you are also able to follow protocols and guidelines when needed. I have offered a slightly revised response to consider.

I do think of myself as a creative thinker and enjoy creative approaches and strategies to write new accounts. At the same time, I am also capable of following a predetermined set of rules when the situation calls for a specific procedure.

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What inspired you to apply for this position at Humana?
Anonymous Answer

I applied for this position because I want to help people live healthier lives. I saw that this is one of your initiatives and it aligns with the personal goals I have set for my own life. I believe this position would be an excellent opportunity to quickly make a positive impact on the impressive number of members you serve.

Chad's Answer

Great response! It is a good approach to align the organization’s values/initiatives with your own personal and professional values, and you sound enthusiastic about the opportunity.

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In your inpatient unit, you are caring for a patient who is still weak from surgery. Upon reviewing physician orders, you see the patient is to get up and walk two laps in the hall. Tell me how you would proceed.
Anonymous Answer

I would ensure that the patient is feeling strong enough to walk the laps by talking to them about it. Assess their ability prior to starting. I would then help them sit up and dangle their feet at the side of the bed to make sure and avoid any orthostatic hypotension. I would make sure that their non-slip socks are on and make sure that they aren't feeling dizzy. Once they are ready I would help them up and use any assistive devices as needed and walk with them.

Chad's Answer

You make it clear that assessing the patient’s ability to participate in physical activity is the top priority. Good job! Be sure to also discuss the steps you would take if the patient was too weak to proceed. If possible, include a specific example of a time you prevented a patient fall by assessing a patient's ability to participate in physical activity and use the STAR method to frame your response.

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You just finished preparing IV medications for a patient, and you thoroughly washed your hands before doing so. As you enter the patient's room with the medication, describe the first thing you do to prevent patient infection.
Anonymous Answer

As soon as I walk into the patient's room I will wash my hands again and put gloves on. I will then continue to administer the medications. I will ensure that the patient's IV is intact, wipe the hub with an alcohol pad, flush the line and check for blood return then administer the medication.

Chad's Answer

Good answer! I suggest a slight rewording of your opening sentence to demonstrate to the interviewer you understand why handwashing is so important. I have offered a revision below.

“As soon as I walk into the patient's room, the first thing I would do to prevent the patient from getting an infection is to thoroughly wash my hands again before putting gloves on. I would then proceed to administer the medications. To do so, I would ensure that the patient's IV is intact, wipe the hub with an alcohol pad, flush the line and check for blood return, then administer the medication.”

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What is your greatest strength and how do you feel it will help you in this role?
Anonymous Answer

Having worked in different positions has given me the wide-ranging skillset and preparation I need to thrive as a plant operator. From my background, I have gained valuable experience in the different technical fields because I am a fast learner. This has enabled me to adjust to new situations and become skillful at handling a variety of work environments.

Chad's Answer

Great start! The ability to learn new skills in a short period of time is a good strength to focus your response on. I’ve offered a slight revision below to ensure the strength is highlighted for the interviewer.

I believe my greatest strength is my ability to learn quickly. Over the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to gain valuable experience in different technical fields because I am a fast learner. This has enabled me to rapidly adjust to new situations, and become skillful at handling a variety of work environments. My experience working in different positions has provided me with the wide-ranging skillset and preparation I need to thrive as a plant operator.

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