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Cleveland Clinic Mock Interview

To help you prepare for a Cleveland Clinic job interview, here are 32 interview questions and answer examples.

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What is your greatest weakness?

How to Answer

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 in place for improving on 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 maybe you are 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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List of 32 Cleveland Clinic Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

    What is your greatest weakness?

      How to Answer

      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 in place for improving on 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 maybe you are 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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      1st Answer Example

      "I believe I could improve on some technical skills including Excel and PowerPoint. Currently I am at a beginner to intermediate level; however, I would be more comfortable at an advanced level. I have enrolled myself in an evening/weekend workshop for the next six weeks. We will see how stellar my skills are after that course!"

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      2nd Answer Example

      "This is super cliche, but it's also true. I am not good at delegating to others. When I become submerged in a project, I don't like to give away any of the control. While this can be good, it can also definitely inhibit the outcome of the project and my growth as a team player and individual.
      I am currently working on this, as I know it is a deficit."

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  • 2.

    This concludes our interview. Do you have any questions for me?

      How to Answer

      Many interviewers will ask this question at the end of the interview to ensure all of your questions are answered. It is highly recommended to ask at least one question, but two or three are even better. When you ask questions, it shows the interviewer that you are curious to learn all you can about the Cleveland Clinic. Be sure you do not ask questions that could be answered by researching the company website or the job description.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Thank you for asking - I do have a few questions. Do you have an expected time frame for filling this role? Also, what types of career growth opportunities would follow this position? And lastly, does the Cleveland Clinic have in-house continuing education courses?

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      2nd Answer Example

      "Yes, I do have a few questions. Thank you for asking. Could you please describe the company culture? Also, what do you like most about working for the Cleveland Clinic? Lastly, after everything we have covered in the interview, do you have any hesitancy in offering me the position?"

      Written by Krista Wenz on June 9th, 2022

  • 3.

    How do you decompress from the job stressors on your days off?

      How to Answer

      Working as a healthcare professional is a rewarding but stressful career. Many healthcare professionals can burn out or become sick or injured when under a lot of stress. The interviewer wants to hear that you take care of your physical and mental well-being on your days off. When you have healthy avenues to decompress, you will be more productive at work and hopefully have a long and prosperous career free from sickness, injury, and burnout.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I understand the importance of self-care and do a great job of spending my days off doing things that make me happy and rejuvenate me for my next shift. I enjoy being outside and spend a lot of time hiking with my dog, running on the beach, and paddleboarding. I also meditate for ten minutes daily, which is a great stress-reliever."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I have a great routine on my days off that helps me decompress from the job stressors. I run three to five miles on the trails behind my house, then do a bodyweight workout in the park. I also do yoga three times a week and get massages twice a month. All of these activities clear my head and make me forget about any stress I am under. Another great stress reliever is taking bubble baths with my favorite book and a cup of tea."

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  • 4.

    How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?

      How to Answer

      Your work life will be very busy at Cleveland Clinic, and the interviewer needs to know that you can handle it! Talk about the types of tools you use to stay on task and meet deadlines. Discuss how you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once. Think about the ways you manage your projects and daily tasks.

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  • 5.

    Who has inspired you in your life and why?

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      Your life's inspiration can come from a book, a mentor, your family, a celebrity, author - literally anyone! Talk to the interviewer about who has inspired your life and why.

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  • 6.

    What do you think might be the greatest challenges faced in this job? How will you overcome these challenges?

      How to Answer

      Even though it may seem like a dream job, the interviewer wants to know that you have realistic expectations of the role and that you will not be blindsided if problems or challenges present themselves. Keep your answer simple. It is okay to ask for clarification on the position if you do not fully understand what challenges are in store for you.

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  • 7.

    What makes you a great problem solver?

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      Employers want to know that you have a methodical 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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  • 8.

    What are your salary expectations?

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      The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

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  • 9.

    How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?

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      Attention to detail is imperative in the healthcare industry. Depending on your role, you may be tasked with administering the proper medication dosage or realizing a patient's condition is worsening based on specific signs and symptoms. The interviewer wants to hear how your colleagues describe your attention to detail, showing you are self-aware of how others perceive you. Give an example that demonstrates your attentiveness to your profession.

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  • 10.

    How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?

      How to Answer

      The workplace environment is very busy at Cleveland Clinic, and the interviewer needs to be assured that you can keep up with the pace. When you feel torn between multiple projects or tasks, how do you decide which one needs your attention the most? Assure the interviewer that you can be diligent when it comes to assessing your priorities.

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  • 11.

    Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

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      The interviewer would like to know if you genuinely feel that honesty is the best policy. Many will argue that honesty is not always the best policy. What is your take? Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on morality in the workplace.

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  • 12.

    If you were not able to be in the healthcare profession, what other careers do you see yourself doing?

      How to Answer

      Show the interviewer that you know your strengths and talk about a profession that seems exciting and interesting to you. It's great to talk about a dream job but be sure to solidify your interest in the role and career path for which you are interviewing.

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  • 13.

    How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?

      How to Answer

      It is tough to deliver bad news to anyone, especially your coworkers and people you care for. The interviewer wants to hear how you communicate bad news to others to understand your communication style, diplomacy, compassion, and empathy. How you deliver bad news also shows your leadership skills and how you will interact with patients when providing information that is tough to hear.

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  • 14.

    Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

      How to Answer

      On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?

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  • 15.

    When are your leadership skills the most effective?

      How to Answer

      When you have a great relationship with the individuals you are leading, your leadership skills will be the most effective. Show the interviewer that you recognize a great relationship starts with clear communication, trust, and honesty. Tell the interviewer that you spend time genuinely getting to know your team.

      For instance, perhaps you like to understand what activities they have going on both inside and outside of work, their kids' names, or if they have any pets. Building a relationship with your team will ensure that you can frequently and genuinely ask them how they are doing. The more comfortable they are, the better chance they will come to you for help in the workplace when they need it.

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  • 16.

    What is your personal mission statement?

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      Cleveland Clinic's mantra is simple, 'With patient care at the center of everything we do, we continually look for new, innovative ways to improve outcomes and experiences for our patients and their families.' Not everyone has a mission statement or personal mantra just off the cuff. In business, especially when entering leadership, this is an important question to ponder. Do you have a quote that inspires you or a saying that you grew up with that resonates with you?

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  • 17.

    At Cleveland Clinic we seek to hire healthcare professionals who have passion for our industry. If you could increase public awareness on any healthcare related issue, which would you choose?

      How to Answer

      Cleveland Clinic is a multi-specialty academic hospital focused on care, research, and health education. The interviewer wants to know the areas of healthcare that bring passion to you. Think of a particular issue that you would carry more public awareness to. You might have a relative with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, and you would like to see more public attention. Or, you may have treated a patient with a rare condition that has never been made publicly aware. Describe which healthcare issue you are passionate about and why.

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  • 18.

    Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?

      How to Answer

      Describe how you can remain a good team member while disagreeing with your leader. The interviewer understands that you may not always agree with your superiors. It is normal for teams to disagree with their leader but still respect their decision. When you display that you can still be a good team player when not agreeing with the decision made by the one in charge, it shows you have patience, flexibility, and conflict resolution skills.

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    Do you consider yourself a patient person? How do you increase your patience level in challenging situations?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you consider yourself a patient individual. Impatience can cause a lot of stress and anxiety in coworkers, so it is essential that you can showcase your ability to remain patient and professional in workplace situations.

      Patience is indeed a virtue but can be challenging to maintain when it seems that situations continue to push your buttons. Show the interviewer that you possess the ability to keep your cool in challenging conditions.

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    When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?

      How to Answer

      Have you ever had to take on a task or a role that you felt was over your experience level? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have dealt with this type of situation. What was the outcome, and what did you learn?

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  • 21.

    In the healthcare industry, problems arise frequently. When a major problem arises, what is your first reaction?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know if your reactions to problems reflect maturity and professionalism. How you react will significantly determine how you fit with their existing team.

      Perhaps your computer crashes, and you realize you may have just lost all of your hard work. Or maybe you are limited on time and have a deadline rapidly approaching. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you take a very methodical approach to problem-solving, rather than reacting impulsively when a problem occurs.

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  • 22.

    Tell me about your greatest work-related accomplishment.

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      Talking about your most significant work-related achievement will give the interviewer an idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, what motivates you to succeed, and how to mentor you in the future. Show that you are proud of yourself and the career accomplishments you worked hard to achieve! You do not want to be humble when answering this question.

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  • 23.

    In your opinion, what has been the greatest advancement in healthcare this year? How do you stay up to date on new trends and breakthroughs in the healthcare industry?

      How to Answer

      Display to the interviewer that you are interested in the new advances in healthcare. Be prepared to defend your answer.

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  • 24.

    What do you know about the workplace culture at Cleveland Clinic? What is your ideal workplace environment?

      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about the research you have conducted when it comes to the workplace culture at Cleveland Clinic. You will read on their website that Cleveland Clinic is a future-focused model for healthcare. They fully believe that it is not enough to react to current reality, but instead, they continually invest in identifying macro trends and developing targeted solutions. Assure the interviewer that you would find their workplace culture a stable fit.

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  • 25.

    What do you feel we do best here at Cleveland Clinic?

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      The interviewer would like to feel confident that you are engaged in the interview process. Display that you have researched Cleveland Clinic before your interview and getting to know what they do best. Talk about your research and findings.

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  • 26.

    At Cleveland Clinic we seek to hire individuals who value education. Walk me through your related post-secondary education. Where did you struggle the most? Which courses were your favorite?

      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about your post-secondary education. Discuss your high points and the more challenging points.

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  • 27.

    Working in healthcare is a very demanding career path. What keeps you motivated on the hardest days?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to hear how you stay motivated while working in a stressful, demanding career. Healthcare professionals work under pressure daily, which can take a toll on their mental and physical health. Describe how you stay motivated in your profession without letting the job demands burn you out or make you jaded. The interviewer wants to hear that you stay motivated to continue even when you have an incredibly stressful day.

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  • 28.

    In your opinion, what is the most important quality you can possess as a healthcare professional?

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      Think about the qualities you admire in other healthcare professionals. Talk to the interviewer about the qualities that you feel a healthcare provider should possess. Do you have these qualities?

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    What type of career growth would you like to see with Cleveland Clinic? How can we help you to advance?

      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about the ways that you would like to grow in your career over the next few years. The company wants assurance that you see this as a long-term fit and they want to know how to help you grow.

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  • 30.

    There are many options for employment in the healthcare field. Why do you want to work for Cleveland Clinic?

      How to Answer

      What attracts you to this position with Cleveland Clinic? Talk to the interviewer about your primary reasons for being drawn to this role. Solidify your answer by clearly stating your interest in landing the role.

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    At Cleveland Clinic we see a lot of candidate interest for positions such as this. Why are you the best candidate for us?

      How to Answer

      Cleveland Clinic hires in all specialties including administration, IT, physicians, pharmacy and even supply chain. Be sure to carefully research the role before your interview so that you can add clear value to the interviewer when discussing what you will bring to the organization. What makes you a stand-out candidate when there are so many other potential candidates for Cleveland Clinic to consider?

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    At Cleveland Clinic we seek to hire individuals dedicated to their professional development. If you could improve your knowledge on any healthcare related topic, which would you choose?

      How to Answer

      Being dedicated to your professional development and knowledge is a huge bonus for most employers. Talk to the interviewer about the area of healthcare that you would expand your knowledge if given the opportunity.

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