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Advocate Health Care Interview Questions

To help you prepare for an Advocate Health Care job interview, here are 32 interview questions and answer examples.

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Do you prefer to work in a team based position or individually?

How to Answer

In which situation are you the happiest and most productive? Talk to the interviewer about your preference when it comes to teamwork or working individually. Be sure to avoid pigeonholing yourself into one particular scenario (IE: I only like to work by myself). You may work well without the need for much management or direction, or perhaps you are better driven in a collaborative and team led environment. Either way, be honest with the interviewer about your preferences without leaning negatively, either way.

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32 Advocate Health Care Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Do you prefer to work in a team based position or individually?

      How to Answer

      In which situation are you the happiest and most productive? Talk to the interviewer about your preference when it comes to teamwork or working individually. Be sure to avoid pigeonholing yourself into one particular scenario (IE: I only like to work by myself). You may work well without the need for much management or direction, or perhaps you are better driven in a collaborative and team led environment. Either way, be honest with the interviewer about your preferences without leaning negatively, either way.

      1st Answer Example

      "Whether I am doing an independent project, or working in a team environment, I always give my best. I enjoy the camaraderie of working in a team, but I can be successful working autonomously as well."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I have found, in the past, that I work well in an individually driven environment; however, I can certainly be productive in a team-based setting as well."

  • 2. This position requires reliable transportation. Do you have a reliable form of transportation?

      How to Answer

      It is illegal in many states to ask a candidate if they own a vehicle while interviewing them, as it is deemed discriminatory. However, the interviewer can ask if you have reliable transportation if it is a job requirement. Describe what form of reliable transportation you will use to get to work if hired. It may be that you own a vehicle, rideshare, use public transportation, or ride a bicycle.

      Written by Krista Wenz on June 15th, 2022

      1st Answer Example

      "Yes, I have several modes of reliable transportation. When the weather is good, I ride my motorcycle to work. In inclement weather, I drive my 2020 Subaru. Both vehicles are well maintained and reliable."

      Written by Krista Wenz on June 15th, 2022

      2nd Answer Example

      "Yes, I typically take public transportation. The bus stops in front of my house and will drop me off right in front of your facility. For the cost and ease, it seems silly to me to own a vehicle. I also have a friend who works for Advocate Health Care, and he said we could carpool if our schedules align. If hired, you will not need to worry about me showing up for my shifts."

      Written by Krista Wenz on June 15th, 2022

  • 3. Do you demonstrate leadership qualities even when not in a leadership position?

      How to Answer

      Even if you are not interviewing for a leadership position, the interviewer wants to hear that you have leadership qualities. Employees who demonstrate leadership qualities are generally dependable, trustworthy, honest, and positive role models for the team. Describe how you have shown leadership while at work, school, or in a volunteer setting.

      Written by Krista Wenz on June 15th, 2022

      1st Answer Example

      "Yes, I have strong leadership skills and use these skills daily. I always try to be a positive role model for others, encourage my coworkers and patients, and always show up to work at least 20 minutes early. I believe one should lead by example, which is what I do."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "Yes, I demonstrate leadership qualities when not in a leadership position. For example, I have integrity, exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and I am self-aware. I know when to delegate tasks and have no problem admitting if I do not know how to do something. If I am asked a question to which I do not have the answer, I make sure to find the answer. I also feel good leaders have compassion and empathy for others."

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  • 4. Advocate Health Care was initially looking for someone with 5 years' experience in a similar role. Considering you have just 2 years' experience, would you be willing to accept this position at a lower salary?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to see how flexible you are with the compensation they offer you for the position. You want the interviewer to know that you have some flexibility to work with the salary they offer, but you do not want to undersell your knowledge and experience. When responding, let the interviewer know that you understand you have less experience, but you need to be compensated fairly based on the years of experience you have.

      Written by Krista Wenz on June 15th, 2022

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  • 5. Why do you think you will be successful in this role with Advocate Health Care?

      How to Answer

      Rather than share how you have gone beyond expectations in the past, focus on how your qualities will help you to exceed company expectations. Discuss the reasons why you will be great at this job. Talk about your qualifications and skills that will help you to do this job well. If you can, match your strengths to the requirements outlined in the job description.

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  • 6. What is your greatest weakness?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know your greatest weakness to see if you are humble enough to admit you have a fault. They then want to see what steps you are taking to improve your weakness and turn it into a strength. Be sure you identify a weakness that is not critical for the role you are interviewing for but is still work-related.

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  • 7. Rate your problem solving skills from 1-10. How do you justify your rating?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know how you would rate your problem-solving skills. Of course, you want to give yourself a strong rating; however, you must remain realistic. Everyone has room to learn and improve! Be sure to justify your score as well.

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  • 8. In your opinion, what makes you a great problem solver?

      How to Answer

      Employers want to know that you have a systematic approach to problem-solving. Consider the skills and qualities that help you successfully face problems. Perhaps you have a keen eye for detail. Maybe you can see opportunity when others can only focus on the issue. Share your strengths as a problem solver, and your ability to come up with innovative solutions.

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  • 9. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

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      Are you pretty flexible in your ability to work in most environments? Have you experienced a position where the atmosphere wasn't conducive to your productivity? Be sure to know the type of situation offered in this position before the interview. If you aren't completely clear on the workplace environment or culture, kindly ask the interviewer to expand on the work environment for you.

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  • 10. With the ongoing changes in the healthcare services industry, how do you keep your knowledge current?

      How to Answer

      Employers expect employees to stay up-to-date in their respective fields, and today's technology makes this reasonably easy! List several ways that you receive your industry knowledge and stay on top of trends.

      Tell the interviewer about those daily update emails you receive from professional organizations, conferences you attend, and seminars you have taken.

      Lastly, it's a great idea to ask the interviewer what resources they refer to for industry trends. That question can start up a great conversation, and you may learn a thing or two as well.

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  • 11. Think about a difficult boss, professor or coworker. What made him or her difficult? How did you successfully interact with this person?

      How to Answer

      Show the interviewer that you work well with most personalities even though you recognize there are some folks out there who are quite difficult to please.

      Think about that one person at work who is hard to please. Perhaps there is someone at work who tries to intimidate others. Talk to the interviewer about what made this person challenging and what their relationship was with you. Avoid speaking poorly of anyone, and be sure to end your response on a positive note.

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  • 12. If Advocate Health Care hired you today, what would you accomplish first?

      How to Answer

      When you start a new position, it is essential to be clear on how you will make a positive impact after being hired. This question is a delicate one, and you need to show respect for the onboarding process, then give a moderately ambitious project that you could execute. This concept is often called your 'value proposition' in marketing. 'Hire me because I'll do X.'

      Remember, this is your campaign promise. If hired, it will likely be your first target to hit, and depending on the environment; it could make or break you. The best approach is to give a functional analysis of the employers' needs and your skills.

      Tell the interviewer what your impact goal is, should you be the successful candidate. Be sure to refer to the immediate needs of the company, such as increasing budgets, or improving patient care, for instance.

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  • 13. If you could expand your knowledge and expertise in any healthcare service area, which would you choose?

      How to Answer

      There are many facets of health care. If you could choose any area of healthcare to specialize in, which would you choose? Be sure to tie your answer into some aspects of what Advocate Health Care, Inc. does.

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  • 14. What part of your healthcare career brings you the most stress?

      How to Answer

      Stress can often be a regular part of the day to day work experience. Talk to the interviewer about which areas of your career are the most stressful. Ensure that your answer does not include a factor that would make you appear unfit for the position. (Ie: a healthcare worker should not find facing illness to be the most stressful part of the job).

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  • 15. Tell me about yourself.

      How to Answer

      Take a few minutes to tell the interviewer a few things about yourself. You can begin with your recent education, family life, volunteer work, or talk about your travels. Bring up anything that is interesting and highlights your ability to be a responsible, reliable, and bright individual.

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  • 16. Advocate Health Care supports a healthy work/life balance for all employees. How do you balance life and work?

      How to Answer

      Advocate Health Care understands that a healthy work/life balance is essential for all employees. Having a healthy balance helps keep team members from burning out from the job's demands or becoming sick or injured from stress. Describe how you maintain a healthy work/life balance, focusing on how you care for yourself mentally and physically.

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  • 17. Patient care requires a strong amount of compassion. Do you consider yourself a compassionate person?

      How to Answer

      To succeed in the healthcare services industry, you should have a substantial level of compassion for your patients or customers. Talk to the interviewer about the compassionate qualities that you possess. How would you rate your level of empathy for others?

      Some ways to describe yourself could be:

      - Understanding
      - Warm-hearted
      - Empathetic
      - Responsive
      - Charitable
      - Tender-hearted

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  • 18. Advocate Health Care has a diverse workforce. When have you worked among a diverse group of people?

      How to Answer

      Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity. Even better, give an example of being able to embrace diversity in the workplace.

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  • 19. How would you describe your personality?

      How to Answer

      Personality and character are two very different things. The interviewer is looking for more information on your traits vs. your integrity. Your example could include buzzwords such as introverted, energetic, and confident.

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  • 20. When have you shown a willingness to learn a new method or new approach to solving a problem?

      How to Answer

      Being flexible and able to handle change is a skill that all employers desire to see. Discuss with the interviewer your ability to approach a problem using new methods. Give a recent example, but make sure to spend more time highlighting the resolution rather than the problem.

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  • 21. Advocate Health Care seeks to hire those with strong problem solving skills. When were you able to successfully resolve a problem in the workplace?

      How to Answer

      Problem-solving and dispute resolution are critical skills to possess. Display to the interviewer that you are capable of problem-solving within the workplace. Talk about a time when you were creative, proactive, and displayed the leadership qualities required to resolve a workplace issue.

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  • 22. At Advocate Health Care we seek to hire individuals who have ambitions of growing their career. Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years?

      How to Answer

      Every hiring manager would like to know that their investment in time and training will pay off. Assure the interviewer that you see this position as a long-term fit. How does this role with Advocate Health Care, Inc. fit into your longer-term plans?

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  • 23. Have you ever been involved in ordering medical supplies, maintaining inventory, or other types of healthcare-related administrative duties?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you understand what it takes to keep on top of ordering medical supplies and inventory. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of foreseeing needs and making the appropriate action. Highlight your ability to be responsible when it comes to related administrative tasks.

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  • 24. It is often said that a career in healthcare is a 'thankless job.' How can we keep you motivated and engaged, even on the days when you feel your work goes unnoticed?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to hear how you prefer to be managed if hired. Everyone has different ways they like to be motivated and engaged, especially when working in an industry that is sometimes a thankless one. The best employees do not need constant motivation and can find inspiration from within. Explain that while you enjoy being appreciated, you are motivated by working in a career you love.

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  • 25. If you could expand your knowledge and expertise in any area of healthcare services, which would you choose?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to dig deeper into your real areas of interest when it comes to healthcare services. They want to know that your passions align well with what Advocate Health Care, Inc. is offering. Talk to the interviewer about the areas of healthcare you would like to focus on most, and then tie that information in with what the position at Advocate Health Care, Inc. would be offering you.

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  • 26. Healthcare service companies require strong organizational skills and attention to detail. How do you ensure that your work is properly organized, and highly accurate?

      How to Answer

      The success of the healthcare industry thrives on the accuracy of information and organization. Talk to the interviewer about the ways that you ensure accuracy and organization in your day to day activities. Perhaps you use a particular app or software. Maybe you are a pen and paper person. Whatever your method, be sure to highlight that you are successful in organizing your day.

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  • 27. In order to work for Advocate Health Care, you must be able to pass a full criminal background check. Do you consent to a full background check?

      How to Answer

      Working in the healthcare services industry means that you are in contact with vulnerable people, children, pharmaceutical drugs, drug-related equipment, confidential information, and other areas of sensitivity. Assure the interviewer that you are able and willing to pass a complete background check. If you have a criminal record, you must disclose this.

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  • 28. What is your patient care philosophy?

      How to Answer

      It's always a great idea to research the company before your interview. You want to get to know their care philosophy so that your answer can reflect what is important to them. What is the core of your care philosophy? Keep your answer concise yet sincere.

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  • 29. At Advocate Health Care we take pride in our great relationships with clients, vendors, coworkers, and patients. Do you consider yourself to be a strong relationship builder?

      How to Answer

      Assure the interviewer that you would treat everyone at Advocate Health Care, Inc. with great respect and a positive attitude. Discuss the ways that you would build strong and healthy relationships if hired.

      Some ways to build strong relationships in the workplace:

      - Have strong follow-up habits
      - Offer sincere conversation
      - Get to know people on a personal level
      - Be trustworthy
      - Avoid gossip
      - Offer mutual respect
      - Be mindful of your actions
      - Compliment others
      - Be positive
      - Be a strong listener

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  • 30. Tell me about your healthcare related education and training.

      How to Answer

      Walk the interviewer through your formal post-secondary education as well as any on the job training. Talk about your most positive take-away's from your post-secondary experience and be sure to tie in how that experience will help you succeed in this position.

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  • 31. In the healthcare services industry there are many emotions in a day. Have your emotions ever been in the way of your productivity?

      How to Answer

      Healthcare professionals deal with many emotions daily, and most are compassionate, empathetic, and sensitive individuals. However, how you deal with your feelings is what the interviewer wants to understand. They want to see that you can be professional during an emotional time and not let your emotions get in the way of your work. Assure the interviewer that while you have empathy and compassion for others, you do not let your feelings interfere with your job.

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  • 32. At Advocate Health Care we seek to hire individuals who display a keen interest in the healthcare arena. Would you consider yourself dedicated to a career in healthcare services?

      How to Answer

      Assure the interviewer of your dedication to a lucrative career in the healthcare services industry. The hiring manager would like to know that this position fits into your long-term plan and that, if hired, you would stay with Advocate Health Care, Inc. as long as possible.

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