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31 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brunner

Published December 13th, 2018 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries.
Question 1 of 31
Emory Healthcare has a diverse workforce. When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?
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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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1.
Emory Healthcare has a diverse workforce. When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?
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.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my career, including my time in University. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers me unique learning opportunities."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I am so glad you pointed out your need for diversity at Emory Healthcare, Inc.. I greatly value diversity. I grew up in a fairly homogeneous town in Montana. When I hit my 20's, it was so important to me to learn about other cultures. I worked with community volunteer organizations in Peru, inner-city Chicago, and Russia."
2.
Emory Healthcare 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?
Are you willing to earn your way up if the interviewer does not want to offer you top compensation? Discuss with the interviewer what you would expect for compensation if offered this position.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I would be happy to earn my way to the top compensation level if required. I do assure you that, despite my being shy of experience by a couple of years, I am a top performer and you would not be disappointed in my performance."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I understand I do not quite meet the qualifications of experience you are looking for and am willing to be compensated in adjustment to that fact. However, I do look forward to proving my worth to Emory Healthcare, Inc. in hopes to be considered for the median salary for the role."
3.
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.

Ryan's Answer #1
"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."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I believe that being a good team member is more about attitude than it is about compatibility. You do not need to agree with everyone 100% of the time, to be effective in your job."
4.
Here at Emory Healthcare, we emphasize that our employees use resources wisely to help save costs. What are ways that you have shown you can use resources wisely in your work?
Under their value of integrity, Emory Healthcare pledges that they will steward their resources wisely to help fulfill their mission. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that your personal values on being a great steward of resources aligns with Emory's values so be sure to talk about this subject from a personal point of view. Your examples should include measures that you take daily in your work to ensure that you keep cost and resources at the top of your mind in your work.

Ryan's Answer #1
"As a nursing director overseeing several units in our hospital, there are several things that I strive for to utilize resources wisely. The first measure is staffing on our units to ensure that we find that right balance of being understaffed vs. overstaffed. Being overstaffed and working overtime hours significantly impacts our labor budget and those extra costs could be pushed on to patients in the future. Our leadership team has implemented many great labor planning policies to ensure that we are running as efficiently as possible. On the side of resources as they relate to supplies on the unit, I helped develop a just in time inventory system for our supplies on our unit that help ensure we don't have items that are expiring or overstocked for long periods of time. These measures have helped control costs on my units very well."
Ryan's Answer #2
"My work as an IT professional, while mostly in the private business sector, would translate well to the healthcare industry in how I work with resources in a smart and efficient manner. While most folks that I work with often want the newest and best equipment available, I analyze their job and the work that they perform to best suit their work unit with the job that they will be doing. I never hesitate to reuse or rebuild units in a cost efficient manner that will put an employee in the best position to do their job. Are you able to explain how measure like this function in the department here at Emory Healthcare?"
5.
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!

Ryan's Answer #1
"I believe I could improve on some technical skills including Excel and Word. 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!"
Ryan's Answer #2
"I know this will come off as cliche, but it's truthful. My weakness is in not delegating. I know what I want to be done and how I want it done, so it's often easier to do it myself. However, it can inhibit my ability to grow. I cannot take on every step of a project; I need to be able to give the task or a portion of it to another team member or direct report, let go of the control and know it will be taken care of. I've spoken with my current manager about it, and we've developed a system where he can call me out on the behavior since often I'm not aware of it. By bringing awareness to it at the moment, I find my propensity to hold onto control has decreased, so I'm certainly moving in the right direction."
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