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.
Davita Interview Questions
If you were not able to be in the healthcare profession, what other careers do you see yourself doing?
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.
"I cannot imagine being unable to work in this profession because I enjoy it so much! If I had to draw on my other skills and passions, I would choose to work for a non-profit organization such as the local animal shelter. I am a big animal lover so that would be a lot of fun."
"I am a very creative person who has always had a penchant for the arts. I realize that it's completely different than my career path but if I knew, early on, that I could have made a career as an artist - I would have explored that option further. Of course, I am delighted with the choices I made and never have any regrets."
"Well, I am a creative person and I enjoy designing so I would say interior designer. What I like about it is that I get to create different kinds and looks of houses because I'm happiest & excited when creating, especially modern designs. I chose the healthcare field because I want to help people."Alexandra's Answer
Cool answer! This shows some personality.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"A veterinarian, I love animals and would enjoy a career helping them."Rachelle's Answer
Very much along the lines of nursing, which is great; there is a theme of care and compassion present.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?
The interviewer wants to know that you can be diplomatic in the workplace, even when you may not agree with your leader.
Show the interviewer that it is possible for you to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader from time to time. Explain that you believe everyone is entitled to their own professional opinion, yet capable of maintaining respect for each other at the same time.
Show that even if you disagree with the final decision they make, you support the direction the team is heading.
"I think that it is possible to be a great team member, even when disagreeing with the leader. It's all in how you maintain respect for each other despite the difference in opinion."
"Yes, I think it is possible! What makes a great team member is not that they agree with everything but the level of respect and positive thought that goes into the person's communication style. It's okay to disagree you have to communicate your thoughts professionally."
"Yes, I think it’s possible to be a good team member, yet disagree. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. My priority is my patients as long as it’s not anything to put them in danger."Lauren's Answer
Great response; you are client-centered, which will be seen very positively by your interviewer. I helped reword your response to display your methodology.
"Yes, I believe it is possible to be a good team player while disagreeing with the leader. Finding common ground can certainly help if there are areas of disagreement. If everyone can agree to be patient-centered and put our patients’ needs first, everything else can be worked out amicably."Was this answer helpful? Yes (3) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"Yes, absolutely, as long as you're respectful. Not everyone will have the same beliefs."Rachelle's Answer
Being respectful is a crucial point to make. Well said!Was this answer helpful? Yes (2) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
In your opinion, what has been the most significant advancement in healthcare this year? How do you stay up to date on new trends and breakthroughs in the healthcare industry?
Display to the interviewer that you are interested in the new advances in healthcare. Be prepared to defend your answer.
"I follow a few medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet. I read a fascinating article a short time ago discussing the advancements in artificial retinae and other solutions for the blind. It's incredible to me how far these solutions have come."
"I believe that Patient-Centric R&D and Direct to Patient Clinical Research is the next big thing for the healthcare industry. I stay up to date on new trends through a variety of Google alerts, and some popular medical journals such as JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association). I love to learn new trends and tips, so if you'd like to share with me your favorites, I would love to hear about those!"
"Constantly looking on the internet and on youtube to find different ways to do things. Always google things about how far they are getting to find a cure for cancer."Lauren's Answer
Good response. I assisted with alternate wording.
"I am constantly searching for articles regarding the advancement of cancer research. There have been many significant advancements this year in that area, and I remain steadfast in utilizing the internet to keep abreast of trends and breakthroughs in the industry."Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"In my opinion, the most significant advancement in healthcare is the invention of the wearable artificial kidney. I stay up to date on new trends through Google searches and medical journals."Alexandra's Answer
Great answer! I might just add why you think the wearable artificial kidney is so beneficial.
"In my opinion, the most significant advancement in healthcare is the invention of the wearable artificial kidney. This device allows patients to receive dialysis treatment with less interruption to their daily life. This could be revolutionary for patients who would previously have to go to dialysis for hours at a time, 3-4 days a week. I stay up to date on new trends through Google searches and medical journals."Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What is your greatest weakness?
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!
"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!"
"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."
"Chocolates! Just kidding. public speaking. It is something that I've been working on a lot. I don't really enjoy talking in front of a large crowd but I am comfortable in a smaller group of people. I always practice talking to different kinds of people to improve myself."Alexandra's Answer
Haha, I like when candidates show personality like this in an interview! Great answer, I like how you expand on what you've been doing to improve your skill set.Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"My greatest weakness is that I can give too many details in trying to tell what needs to be said honestly."Rachelle's Answer
If I understand correctly, you are working on brevity in your communication? I recommend adding in a bit about what you are doing to improve on this weakness.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
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.
"I will determine which project requires my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then the project size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that these times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under delivered on a deadline."
"Assuming that the projects have different stakeholders, I interview each to determine the value of increased productivity, morale or revenue, decreased costs, and the overall impact."
"I will determine which project requires my attention by the number of hours and the project size. I am also comfortable delegating tasks when needed."Alexandra's Answer
This answer could use a little more specificity. It's great that you point out certain qualities of each project (length and size of project), but I think it would be beneficial to bring up importance as well. I really like your comment about delegating tasks!
"When I have multiple projects due, I first consider the number of hours and size of each project. I also think about the importance of each project. Another aspect to consider is if any of the projects may cause me to become a bottleneck for coworkers trying to do their duties, in which case I would prioritize that project so as not to hold others up. These are all important aspects I keep in mind as I plan how to tackle multiple projects. I also am comfortable delegating tasks when needed."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I will make a list and determine what priorities are deemed more important — also, delegate projects to other people. I will always make sure I follow up with the people or persons that I have delegated tasks to because I am the one that will have to answer for something that wasn’t done or done correctly."Lauren's Answer
Great! You are providing the interviewer a lot of context. You answered this question on a global level; this will certainly help you stand out as a candidate.
"I have a very analytical approach to my work. I am a huge proponent for list-making and calendaring. Lists and calendaring allow me to prioritize tasks and projects based on the deadline. Delegating can also be a great way to manage multiple projects. I am attentive in following-up with team members who are assisting with projects to ensure efficiency and time management."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
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.
"I find inspiration in a variety of people and things. I would have to say that the person who has most greatly inspired me has been my grandmother. She always had a smile on her face no matter how hard she worked and she loved everyone. She was well respected and always gave more than she received. I try to live as she did."
"The previous physician that I worked under was a huge inspiration to me. Her passion for patient health and her career successes were motivating and put the fire in me to climb the ladder in my career."
"I would have to say my daughter because I want to give her the best future and also my mother. She always had a smile on her face no matter how hard she worked, and she loved everyone. She was well respected and always gave more than she received. I also find inspiration from my distant relatives and neighbors in our province in Vietnam, they are very poor, and I want to help them in some way."Alexandra's Answer
Great answer! This is an honest answer that lets the interviewer see your personality and compassion.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"My aunt, who is an RN, she is kind, compassionate, and genuinely cares for people. She is everything I want to be in a nurse."Rachelle's Answer
This is a nice and genuine answer; it sounds like your aunt has been a wonderful influence on you.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What is your personal mission statement?
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?
"My mantra is that 'people who shine from within do not need the spotlight.' I feel that it is incredibly important to be a humble leader and I take this mission statement very seriously. I want my team to be in the spotlight rather than being the kind of leader that takes credit for good work."
"My mission is to give my best 100% of the time. It's important to me that I have a great reputation in this industry through hard work and a positive attitude."
"My mission is to give my best 100% all the time."Alexandra's Answer
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"Lead by being a servant to others."Rachelle's Answer
Wow, this is an excellent personal mission! You have a humble approach, yet exude a good amount of confidence at the same time.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?
The interviewer would like to know more 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.
"I manage my time by exercising the idea of 'time-blocking.' This method means that I won't incessantly check my email; instead, I will allow myself to return emails in 30-minute time blocks, four times per day. Setting calendar alerts and personal deadlines for myself has also helped a lot."
"Very carefully! I prioritize deadlines and work that needs to be done then work backward from there. When necessary, I utilize my resources and team to pitch in and contribute."
What makes you a great problem solver?
DaVita wants 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.
"I am a great problem solver because I do not allow stress to cloud my judgment and mute my creativity. I am a keen observer with a great memory which allows me to recall unique solutions or ideas."
"I believe I am a great problem solver because I am sure to gather as many facts as possible, I look at the problem and its potential solutions from multiple angles, and I am not afraid to make a creative decision, that might seem off the beaten path."
"I am a great problem solver because I make sure to gather many facts as possible. I look at the problem and its potential solutions from multiple angles. I am not afraid to make a creative decision."Alexandra's Answer
Great answer! If I were the interviewer, I may ask for a specific example of a time you solved a problem.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I believe I am a great problem solver. If I don’t know the answer to something, I will find an answer either by gathering facts and researching the internet. Also, ask fellow employees how they may have solved the problem."Lauren's Answer
Great response! You are resourceful, which is a wonderful quality. I reworded your response slightly.
"I believe I am a strong problem-solver due to a high level of resourcefulness. If I am faced with a new situation or challenge, I gather facts, conduct research, and utilize colleagues. I believe every team member comes with a unique and dynamic experience that can be helpful to learn from."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
At DaVita, we see a lot of candidate interest for positions such as this. Why are you the best candidate for us?
What makes you a stand-out candidate when there are so many other potential candidates for DaVita to consider? Talk to the interviewer about the qualities that make you the best candidate for them.
"There are a lot of talented people in the healthcare pool but what makes me stand out is my willingness to take feedback. I am a humble employee. Also, I am a dedicated worker. I have had just one sick day in 5 years. In addition to this, I have about four years' experience working directly with dialysis patients."
"I believe that I am the best candidate for you because of my double degree in both Healthcare Management, and Health Services Administration. In addition to these studies, I am also bilingual in both English and Spanish. This skill will enable me to communicate very clearly with your predominantly Spanish community."
"I am a dedicated worker. I work well with others. I am a fast learner. I am a hard worker."Lauren's Answer
This is an opportunity to truly sell yourself. I made your response complete and well-rounded.
"I believe several qualities help me stand out from other candidates. I am dedicated through and through to my role; I work hard and care greatly about my patients. Additionally, I learn very quickly and have always worked well with colleagues. I will continue to strive to be better every day and grow as an RN."Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"There are a lot of talented healthcare professionals, but what makes me stand out is my willingness to take feedback & learn from it. I am a humble employee and a dedicated worker. I always do my best all the time."Alexandra's Answer
Great answer! You also seem to have a great background with both nursing and dental medicine. It may be worth it to bring up the unique perspective you've likely gained with your experience!Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
In your opinion, what is the most important quality you can possess as a healthcare professional?
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? If so, how will the benefit DaVita?
"I feel that the most important qualities that a healthcare professional can possess are endless compassion, dedication, and a thirst for knowledge. I do possess these qualities and am excited to think about my potential growth with DaVita by applying these qualities."
"Here are some additional qualities that healthcare professionals should possess:
- Clear communicator
- Avid listener
- Easy to understand
- Ready to put patient needs first (selfless)
- Desire to help
- Integrity in all they do
- Detail oriented
- Able to self-manage
- Healthy coping skills
"Clear communicator. Good listener. Always willing to learn new things. Compassion. Detail-oriented."Lauren's Answer
Great answer! I edited the grammar and sentence structure to make your response complete.
"There are so many vital qualities to be a healthcare professional; I can’t pick just one! Being a clear communicator, a good listener, being open to learning new things, being compassionate, and detail-oriented are qualities that skim the surface."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"The most important qualities I can possess as a healthcare professional are endless compassion, dedication, and a thirst for knowledge. I do possess these qualities, and I am excited to think about my potential growth in this company by applying these qualities."Alexandra's Answer
Great answer! You clearly outline the qualities and how you can apply them.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
At DaVita, we seek to hire healthcare professionals who have a passion for our industry. If you could increase public awareness on any healthcare related issue, which would you choose?
DaVita is best known as one of the largest kidney care providers in the United States. Talk to the interviewer about the areas of healthcare that bring passion to you. Is there a particular issue that you would carry more public awareness to if you could? Be sure to add value to what DaVita is doing as well. If you have a connection to their cause, this is a great time to mention it.
"There are so many healthcare issues that I am passionate about, but if I could choose one, I wish that the general public were more aware of the signs and dangers of undiagnosed childhood diabetes. Of course, kidney disease is also a major concern for me which is part of the reason I applied to work with DaVita. My aunt passed from kidney failure last year, much too young. What you are doing here at DaVita is remarkable."
"This is a very tough question as there are so many underfunded, and worthy, healthcare issues. I am going to go with one of my biggest areas of interest and research. If I could increase public awareness on any healthcare related issue, I would choose pancreatic cancer. Yes, cancer does receive a lot of awareness; however, pancreatic cancer does not. This year, over 53,000 people in the USA will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer nearly 80% will die from the disease - both men and women."
"I would choose lung cancer. Most people think that you have to smoke to have lung cancer. Not true. Need more awareness for cancer."Lauren's Answer
This is a wonderful response. Be ready to answer follow-up questions based on your response. See below.
"“How would you spread public awareness about lung cancer?” “Have you been involved in public education in previous roles?”"Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I wish that the general public were more aware of early detection of kidney disease and more aware of the signs and dangers of undiagnosed diabetes in young adults. My best friend died of kidney failure at 30. She was too young, and I think that could have been prevented or her life could have been prolonged with dialysis."Alexandra's Answer
Awesome answer. This shows knowledge of the field, personal experience and passion.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
When are your leadership skills the most effective?
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.
"My leadership skills are the most effective when my relationship with the employee isn't just a surface connection. I want to have true knowledge of their life and a good understanding of their career goals. When my employees know that I can help them to achieve their goals, they are more likely to be an engaged part of the team."
"I feel that my leadership skills are directly related to the happiness and engagement of my team. I spend a lot of time making sure that my team of staff are happy, confident, and invested in their jobs."
"My leadership skills are most effective when I have a great relationship with the team. And this starts with clear communication, trust & honesty. Also, I will spend time genuinely getting to know them because when they feel comfortable there's a better chance they will come to me for help in the workplace when they need to."Alexandra's Answer
Great answer! You lay out themes that are clearly important to you and directly relate to the success of a team.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"My leadership skills are most effective when I am striving to do my best and be the best person I can be while showing the team how much I care about them."Rachelle's Answer
Very nice! It would be great if you could further express the ways you show your team that you care.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
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.
"Sometimes full disclosure can damage someone's self-esteem, and reality isn't always best expressed in full and can be self-indulgent based on the person's intention. In those instances, honesty isn't always the best policy."
"Honesty is always the best policy. Often, it is just a matter of how you communicate and deliver your message so managing this with each situation is critical to building honest and trustworthy relationships."
"Yes! Honesty is always the best policy. It is just a matter of how you communicate and deliver your message with the right timing. Being honest is very critical in building trustworthy relationships."Alexandra's Answer
Great answer! I like how you add a comment about the implication of honesty and how that can affect future relationships.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"Yes, honesty is always the best policy. I believe you should communicate this honesty respectfully and professionally."Rachelle's Answer
Great point, and well said!Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What do you think might be the greatest challenges faced in this job with DaVita? How will you overcome these challenges?
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.
"I think the greatest challenges in this role will be to learn the proper operation of the equipment. Another challenge will be the physical aspect of the position as I will be required to stand and walk around most of the day. I will be sure to pay keen attention to training and ask questions along the way. In regards to the physical component - I will get used to the additional activity after just a couple of days, I'm sure."
"I think the added responsibility of running one of the highest volume departments in the hospital will be an adjustment, but it's a welcome challenge. I am looking forward to tackling it head on and growing through the challenges, because I know on the other side of those challenges, of that responsibility, are the biggest opportunities."
"I think the biggest challenge will be to learn the proper operation of the equipment and being responsible for the whole team. However, with proper training, diligent studying, and asking questions along the way, I know I can overcome this challenge. I believe the greater the responsibility, the greater the opportunity."Alexandra's Answer
Great answer! This shows you know a bit about the position, but you are excited for the challenge.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"My greatest challenge in the CSS role would be computer work. I will be willing to put in the hours to get it done. I will need to get familiar with the necessary systems to perform well at my new role. This will allow me to grow as an employee."Rachelle's Answer
Can you be more specific on which systems you feel you would need to spend the most time learning? It would be helpful if you wrapped your answer up by describing the action steps you would take to learn these systems quickly.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What are your salary expectations for this role with DaVita?
How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
Do you consider yourself a patient person? How do you increase your patience level in challenging situations?
When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
In the healthcare industry, problems arise frequently. When a major problem arises, what is your first reaction?
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
What do you know about the workplace culture at DaViata? What is your ideal workplace environment?
What do you feel we do best here at DaVita?
At DaVita, 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?
Working in healthcare is a very demanding career path. What keeps you motivated on the hardest days?
What type of career growth would you like to see with DaVita? How can we help you to advance?
There are many options for employment in the healthcare field. Why do you want to work for DaVita?
At DaVita, 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?