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Austin Health Interview Questions

To help you prepare for an Austin Health job interview, here are 35 interview questions and answer examples.

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

Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

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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35 Austin Health Interview Questions & Answers

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      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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      While you want to leave room for improvement and not rate yourself a "10", you also do not want to give yourself a score lower than an "8". If you rate yourself too low, the interviewer may question your ability to handle problems in the workplace.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I rate my problem-solving skills as an 8/10. I will occasionally have times when I am not as efficient as I would like to be, but I do feel that my problem-solving skills are above average. My supervisor and coworkers will attest to my fast reflexes when a problem arises, and they would also say that I remain calm under pressure."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I get a solid 8.3 on a scale of 10. It seems weird to give myself something like a .3, but I think of it as an 83%, which is a B- teetering on a solid B. It's a solid grade, with definite room for improvement since I'm certainly not perfect. The reason for the B-/B grade would be that I'm quick to take action and figure out the solution as I go, but sometimes I could benefit from taking a moment to pause and reflect or gather other contributors before taking action. That said, I believe I generally get the best outcome possible when faced with a challenge."

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  • 2. Tell me about yourself.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Interviewers will often ask this question first to break the ice and start the conversation. Take a few minutes to tell the interviewer about yourself, demonstrating essential skills and characteristics that are valuable in the position you are interviewing for.

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      Taking the past, present, and future approach in your response is recommended. You want to mention how you started down this career path, what steps you have taken to get to where you are now, and what your future goals are. Be sure to highlight any promotions or achievements you are proud of and any other work-related accomplishments. You can mention extracurricular activities you are interested in, family life, or volunteer work if it ties in with the qualities needed for the job, showing you are a responsible and dedicated individual.

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      1st Answer Example

      "A bit about me - I love to travel, read, and conduct research. I spent the past few months traveling the world with Doctors Without Borders. It was the best experience I could have given myself, as I learned so much from seeing how the rest of the world lives. I returned to Australia last month and have been actively looking for new work for the past few weeks. I am eager to get into the routine of a career again and look forward to this opportunity."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I am an avid marathon runner and have traveled to 10 countries in the last eight years to compete in various races. I am a competitive individual and enjoy keeping fit. I recently obtained my nursing degree and am focused on gaining experience, completing my master's degree, and advancing to a senior-level teaching position in the next 5-7 years. I am excited for the opportunity to achieve my goals with Austin Health."

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      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. (i.e., a healthcare professional should not find facing illness to be the most stressful part of the job).

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      When responding to this question, describe the most stressful part of your career, ending on a positive note. Explain how you manage your stress on or off the job and how you do not let stress interfere with your job performance.

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      1st Answer Example

      "To be completely transparent, I probably bring myself the most stress because of my innate desire to be the best. I strive for perfection too often, which causes undue stress on myself. I manage this by focusing my energy on productive activities that are good for my career."

      2nd Answer Example

      "The most stressful part of my career is when colleagues call in sick and leave the unit short-staffed. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, I reprioritize my day to stay organized, which reduces my stress levels. Also, I do not hesitate to call on hospital volunteers to help where they can."

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      There are many types of healthcare services that are offered through Austin Health. The interviewer wants to know which of their service areas you would like to learn more about. Many companies like to hire within their organization, so the interviewer wants to know where else they might place you in the future.

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      Focus on choosing a service area that Austin Health offers. If you describe an area you would like to gain more knowledge about, and Austin Health does not provide it, the interviewer will feel that you might leave their organization for another. Austin Health offers many services, such as cancer and wellness, a variety of specialized clinics, mental health, scans and tests, and surgical procedures.

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  • 5. If Austin Health hired you today, what would you accomplish first?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to see that you have thought about what impact you want to make at Austin Health and how you plan to achieve it. Think about what you would first accomplish if hired today. Perhaps you would complete the onboarding process, attend employee orientation, meet your colleagues, or read all you can to learn about the company's policies and procedures.

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      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 delicate, 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; 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 your impact goal, should you be the successful candidate. Be sure to refer to the company's immediate needs, such as increasing budgets, or improving patient care, for instance.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to gain insight into your interpersonal, conflict-resolution, and communication skills. They want to see that you calmly and professionally interact with challenging people and that you will be a good fit for the company culture if hired.

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      Show the interviewer that you work well with most personalities even though you recognize some folks who are pretty 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 their relationship with you. Avoid speaking poorly of anyone, and be sure to end your response on a positive note.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

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

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

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

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      It is best to describe several ways you stay up-to-date in your field. The more ways you have to receive your information shows the interviewer that you are serious about your job and dedicated to professional growth.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to know if you are flexible in your ability to work in most environments. They also want to hear if you experienced a position where the atmosphere wasn't conducive to your productivity. Be sure to know the 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.

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      Most people do not like working in a hostile or toxic work environment, which the interviewer will understand if you describe disliking this type of environment. Your answer may also include a company culture that micromanages, does not encourage professional growth, or does not allow you to be creative and develop innovative ideas.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      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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      Describe what makes you great at solving problems while using critical thinking skills. The interviewer wants to see that you have a methodical approach, but that you are also excellent at thinking on your feet and reacting quickly in the workplace.

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  • 10. Austin Health supports a healthy work/life balance for all employees. How do you balance life and work?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Maintaining a healthy work/life balance is essential to prevent burnout. Talk to the interviewer about how you keep that appropriate balance for yourself.

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      Working in the healthcare industry is a stressful job. Stress can cause illness and injury and can lead to job burnout. The interviewer wants to hear that you have healthy ways on your days off to destress and rejuvenate for your next shift. Focus on describing three or four things you like to do in your free time that keeps you healthy and maintains the balance between your personal and professional life.

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  • 11. What is your greatest weakness?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear about your greatest weakness in your profession to see that you are self-aware and can identify an area that needs improvement. When you admit you have a deficiency in a particular aspect of your work and take steps to improve, it shows the interviewer that you are motivated and inspired to grow professionally.

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      Pick a weakness that is not a core skill for this position. You can be candid in your answer, recognizing that you aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure to have an action plan to improve this weakness.

      Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain skills in a particular area, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or taking a seminar at a nearby community center. We are all human with our weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!

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  • 12. Why do you think you will be successful in this role with Austin Health?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to know that you have thought about receiving the job offer and how you plan to do well in your role. When you describe how you will succeed in this position, it shows that you have confidence in your skills and are looking forward to working with Austin Health.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to know if you are willing to earn your way up if they do not offer you top compensation. Discuss with the interviewer what you would expect for compensation if offered this position.

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      You want to show the interviewer that you are flexible and willing to work to the top. But, you also need to be realistic and see if their compensation will work for you. Remember, you already have two years of experience plus your training to get to where you are now. Make sure what they offer is commensurate with your experience.

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  • 14. How well do you collaborate with others?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Most healthcare industry positions require teamwork. You will collaborate with other healthcare team members, patients and family members, social workers, law enforcement, paramedics, and administrators. The interviewer wants to hear that you are a team player and can work well with diverse groups in whatever position you are hired for.

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      If you have experience working in the industry, describe how well you have collaborated with others in the past. If you are new to this field, use an experience from a former job, sports team, or school to describe how you work well with others.

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  • 15. What do you do when you are given an assignment and are unfamiliar with how to complete the task?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to gain insight into your communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. They want to understand how you tackle unfamiliar assignments and know you will ask for help when needed.

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      Focus on showing how you approach a situation you are unfamiliar with. You want the interviewer to see that you have critical-thinking skills and can research how to complete an assignment. Still, you also want to show them you are unafraid to ask for clarification, so you do not complete the task incorrectly.

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  • 16. Besides vacation and holiday time, how many days were you absent from work last year?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The company wants to hire responsible, dependable employees who show up to work when scheduled. The interviewer asks this question to evaluate your work attendance in the past year. If you called off work many times in the past year, they might hesitate to offer you the position unless your reasons were excusable.

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      Focus on giving the exact number of days you missed work and why. If the interviewer deems your absence from work an excused and unavoidable reason to miss work, it will likely not be an issue. If you have many unexcused absences, they may disqualify you as a viable candidate.

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  • 17. Austin Health prides itself on offering inclusive, non-discriminatory care. Do you agree with our approach?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to ensure that you understand Austin Health's approach to care. They want to ensure that you agree with their vision and that your beliefs align with the company. If you disagree that everyone should be included and not discriminated against, the interviewer will determine you may not be a good fit for the team.

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      Focus on assuring the interviewer that you accept all cultures and beliefs, even if they may not align with yours. The interviewer wants to hire a healthcare professional who is open-minded and inclusive of all.

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  • 18. This concludes our interview. What questions do you have for me?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to ensure that all your questions about the company or job role are answered during the interview. It is best to ask at least a question or two, showing the interviewer your eagerness to learn all you can. Of course, you want to review the job announcement and research Austin Health beforehand so you are not asking questions that could be found during your research.

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      Focus on asking questions specific to the role you are interviewing for or the company culture and work environment. Examples of good questions are asking the interviewer how you performed in the interview or if you need to clarify anything, asking what the interviewer likes most about working for Austin Health, or if they have any hesitancy about hiring you. To make yourself stand out, thank the interviewer at the beginning of your response for letting you ask questions. They will think that it is respectful and it shows you have good manners.

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  • 19. 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?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Talk to the interviewer about how you have stayed motivated in the past. The interviewer would like to know how they could continue encouraging you - even on the most challenging days. They want to see if you need to have verbal recognition, are inspired solely by your team's success, or simply by helping patients.

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      Most people who pursue a healthcare career do so because they love helping people. Show the interviewer that you do not require recognition for the job and stay motivated merely by helping people in need.

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  • 20. At Austin Health, we seek to hire individuals who display a keen interest in the healthcare arena. Would you consider yourself dedicated to a career in healthcare?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

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

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      To assure the interviewer that you have committed to a long healthcare career, describe your journey to get where you are today. Then, explain your future goals of where you see yourself in your career with Austin Health.

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  • 21. This job can take a toll on your emotions. Have your emotions ever interfered with your ability to perform your job?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to know if you consider yourself to be an emotionally driven person. Talk to the interviewer about your emotions and if they have ever affected your productivity at work.

      Remember that almost everyone is an emotional creature to some degree, which the interviewer understands. They want to see that you know how to keep your emotions in check and not let your feelings interfere with your job.

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      It is okay to let the interviewer know you are emotional, which shows a sign of empathy and compassion. However, you want to stress that you can contain your emotions at work and do not let them interfere with your job performance.

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  • 22. Tell me about your education and training that makes you qualified for this position.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Walk the interviewer through your education as well as any on-the-job training. Talk about your most positive takeaways from your educational and training experience, and be sure to tie in how that knowledge you gained will help you succeed in this position.

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      If you made it to the interview, you must have the education and training required for the position. Briefly tell the interviewer where you went to school and describe any certifications or licenses you received that make you eligible for the job.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Assure the interviewer that you would treat everyone at Austin Health with great respect and a positive attitude if hired. Discuss how you build solid and healthy relationships, assuring the interviewer that you would continue fostering those great relationships they have developed. Here are 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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      When you describe the different ways you build and maintain workplace relationships, the interviewer can see that you have the interpersonal skills they seek in a candidate. It is also a great idea to mention how you treat everyone the same way you want your loved ones to be treated, showing sincerity and compassion.

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  • 24. What is your patient care philosophy?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      It's always a great idea to research the company before your interview to understand its core values, which reflect its patient care philosophy. You want to know their care philosophy, so your answer aligns with what is important to them. Explain the core of your care philosophy, keeping your answer concise yet sincere.

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      When reviewing the company website and learning its core values, pull keywords used to formulate your response. When you use the exact keywords in your answer, the interviewer will see that your values align with theirs. Here are Austin Health's core values:

      Our actions show we care - we are inclusive and considerate. We appreciate one another, always listening and interacting with compassion.

      We bring our best - we are guided by the needs of our patients, bringing commitment, integrity, and energy to everything we do. We are passionate about delivering confidence.

      Together we achieve - our culture of collaboration means we work openly with our people, our community, and beyond to achieve great outcomes.

      We shape the future - through research, education, and learning, we innovate, exploring new opportunities that will change healthcare for the better.

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  • 25. Austin Health requires all candidates to submit to a background investigation. What will be the worst thing we discover in your background check?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Most healthcare agencies will require their candidates to undergo a background investigation before being offered a job. If you have a violation or charge in your background, the interviewer will decide if the offense is severe enough to disqualify you as a candidate. The interviewer wants a heads up to see the worst thing they will discover in your investigation to determine if they should move forward in the hiring process.

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      When responding to this question, think back to any disputes you had with a neighbor, poor credit, tickets or citations, criminal or civil charges, arrests, drug use, or family members who have been in trouble with the law. Most background investigations are in-depth, and investigators will discover everything about you. If you have something troubling in your past, this is your opportunity to tell the interviewer what they will find and explain the situation.

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  • 26. This position requires strong organizational skills and attention to detail. How would you describe your organizational skills?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

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

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      To be considered for the position, you want to have strong organizational skills. Describe how you stay organized and prioritize your day, showing the interviewer you have the skills they seek.

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  • 27. How would you describe your communication skills?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to see that you have strong verbal and written communication skills, which are required for all positions at Austin Health. Your duties will include speaking with customers, patients, family members, and other healthcare professionals. You must also have excellent documentation skills. The interviewer wants to hear that you have the necessary communication skills for the role.

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      Focus on describing your written and verbal communication skills. If you have a former supervisor who commented on your excellent communication skills in a letter of recommendation or performance review, use their description in your response. The interviewer wants to know that you can speak clearly with others while properly documenting reports and other forms of written communications.

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  • 28. Austin Health takes pride in offering compassionate care to all patients. Do you consider yourself a compassionate person?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      To succeed in the healthcare industry, you should have substantial compassion for your patients and their loved ones. The interviewer wants to see if you consider yourself a compassionate person to determine if you will provide the level of care they are accustomed to. Talk to the interviewer about your compassionate qualities while providing an example.

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      Focus on ensuring the interviewer understands you are a compassionate person. Give your personal example that shows you have compassion for others. You can say you are compassionate, but giving an example where you have helped others is a better way to let the interviewer know. For example, you can describe your volunteer experience, how you cared for an elderly relative, held the hand of dying patients, or comforted a grieving family member.

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  • 29. Have you ever been tasked with ordering medical supplies, maintaining inventory, or other types of administrative duties?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      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 can foresee needs and take the appropriate action. Highlight your ability to be responsible when it comes to related administrative tasks.

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      If you have experience with any of these administrative duties, explain your role. If you do not have experience maintaining inventory, ordering medical supplies, or other administrative tasks, describe how you learn quickly and look forward to these new responsibilities.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      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. Describe how this role with Austin Health fits into your longer-term plans.

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      It is best to have three to five-year goals. Interviewers seek candidates with professional goals and plans to achieve them, showing motivation and dedication to their career.

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  • 31. Austin Health is looking for individuals with strong problem-solving skills. Please describe when you successfully resolved a problem in the workplace.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

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

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      Working in the healthcare industry, you will have many problems to solve daily. You never know what each day will bring, and you must show the interviewer that you have the skills they seek in a candidate. Try to give an example that is an unusual problem you were able to resolve successfully, showing you are creative and think outside the box.

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  • 32. When have you had to learn a new method or new approach to solving a problem? How was that experience?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      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 spend more time highlighting the resolution rather than the problem. Then, describe what you learned from your experience.

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      The healthcare industry is rapidly evolving, with new technologies and new methods of doing things. Show the interviewer that you are open to change, and embrace learning new techniques.

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  • 33. Why did you leave your last job?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to know why you left your last job to see if you were fired, gave notice, or were laid off. If you were fired, they want to know if you will admit why you were fired, if you take responsibility, and what you learned from the experience. If you gave notice, they want to understand what you did not like about your job to see if you will fit in with the company culture.

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      Focus on being direct and honest, explaining why you left your last place of employment. If you gave notice, were laid off, or fired, describe the circumstances behind your leaving. Be sure to end your response positively and tell the interviewer how excited you are to have the opportunity to interview for the position with their company.

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  • 34. Austin Health prides itself on its diverse workforce. When have you worked among a diverse group of people?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Assure the interviewer that you enjoy an environment that offers diversity. The interviewer wants to see if you are accustomed to working with a diverse team of individuals. Even better, give an example of being able to embrace diversity in the workplace.

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      The interviewer wants to ensure that you accept other cultures and those with different backgrounds than your own. When employees do not embrace diversity, it causes many problems in the workplace. Show the interviewer that you are welcoming to all and will be a good fit for the company culture if hired.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to know in which situation you are the happiest and most productive. Talk to the interviewer about your preference for teamwork or working individually. Be sure to avoid pigeonholing yourself into one particular scenario (i.e., I only like to work by myself). You may work well without needing 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 toward one preference over the other.

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      You can lean slightly toward one preference but highlight your ability to work in either environment. The job you are interviewing for will help you to formulate your response. If you are interviewing for a nursing position, you want to highlight that you prefer a team-based approach. If the job requires you to work autonomously, lean more towards working individually as your preference.

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