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Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Interview Questions

To help you prepare for a Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian job interview, here are 31 interview questions and answer examples.

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Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has a diverse workforce. When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?

How to Answer

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

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31 Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has a diverse workforce. When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?

      How to Answer

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

      Written by Michelle Krebs on September 19th, 2018

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      Written by Michelle Krebs on September 19th, 2018

      2nd Answer Example

      "I am so glad you pointed out your need for diversity at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. 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."

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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      1st Answer Example

      "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."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "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 Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in hopes to be considered for the median salary for the role."

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      Written by Michelle Krebs on September 19th, 2018

      2nd Answer Example

      "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."

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  • 4. Why do you think you will be successful in this role with Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian?

      How to Answer

      Rather than just sharing how you have gone above and beyond expectations in the past, focus on how your qualities will help you to meet and exceed expectations with Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Discuss the reasons why will you 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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  • 5. What is an attribute of your skill set that needs improvement?

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      Everybody has things they need to work on. Be candid but pick a skill that isn't a requirement for the position.

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  • 6. When is the last time you anticipated the needs of you leader before s/he asked you to do something. What did you do?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to see your initiative and drive. Think of an example that shows off your project management skills or process improvement skills.

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  • 7. In your opinion, 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 type of work environment do you dislike working in?

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

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

      How to Answer

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

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

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

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

      How to Answer

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

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

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  • 11. If Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian hired you today, what would you accomplish first?

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      When you start a new position, it is essential to set a goal on how you will make a positive impact quickly after being hired. Tell the interviewer what your impact goal is, should you be the successful candidate. If you want to make an impact with your answer, refer to the immediate needs of the company such as increasing budgets, or improving patient care, for instance.

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

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

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

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

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  • 14. Tell me about yourself.

      How to Answer

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

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  • 15. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian supports a healthy work/life balance for all employees. How do you balance life and work?

      How to Answer

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

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

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

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  • 17. One of our goals at Hoag is to drive advancement in the health care industry. Give me an example of an outside the box idea you've had recently at work.

      How to Answer

      Every health care organization is looking for new ways of thinking. Show the interviewer that you have creativity and can think beyond status quo.

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  • 18. We all make mistakes. Tell me about a mistake you made at work and what you learned from it.

      How to Answer

      Most people can make mistakes on the job, but those in patient care really can't or the life of the patient is impacted. Use an example that doesn't lead to a negative patient outcome.

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  • 19. In health care, we work with difficult cases on a daily basis. Tell me about a time you had to deliver bad news to a patient and how you dealt with it

      How to Answer

      Health care is not for the faint of heart. Delivering bad news is nobody's favorite job, but it is a necessary part of the job. Tell the interviewer how you have done this in the past and demonstrating sensitivity for their feelings while still giving them the information they need."

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  • 20. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian seeks to hire those with strong problem solving skills. When were you able to successfully resolve a problem in the workplace?

      How to Answer

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

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  • 21. At Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian we seek to hire individuals who have ambitions of growing their career. Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years?

      How to Answer

      Every hiring manager would like to know that their investment of time and training will pay off. Assure the interviewer that you see this position as a long-term fit. How does this role with Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian fit into your longer-term plans?

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  • 22. This position requires project management skills. Tell me about a project you started but were unable to get off the ground.

      How to Answer

      Interviewers will sometimes ask you for examples of something that isn't positive. It is ok to have failure in a position- it is normal and part of the learning process. Share with the interviewer your project example and instead of focusing on the negative, talk about what you learned in the process.

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  • 23. We want to help you achieve your professional goal and offer many kinds of support. What is a professional goal you have that you'd like to achieve?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to see if you have goals beyond where you are today. Most organizations are looking for people who are scalable within the organization.

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

      How to Answer

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

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

      How to Answer

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

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  • 26. In order to work for Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, you must be able to pass a full criminal background check. Do you consent to a full background check?

      How to Answer

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

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  • 27. What is your patient care philosophy?

      How to Answer

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

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  • 28. At Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian we take pride in our great relationships with coworkers and patients. What is a relationship you've built that you are most proud of?

      How to Answer

      Building lasting relationships is a skill and an important one in health care where everybody needs to work well together. Show the interviewer how you have done this successfully.

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

      How to Answer

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

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  • 30. What are you most passionate about in your career?

      How to Answer

      What gets you out of bed in the morning? What inspires you? The interviewer wants to know what you are excited about to see if there is a good match between you and the open position. Talk about things you are excited about that you know the position offers but in a genuine way.

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  • 31. At Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, giving back to our communities is really important to us. How have you given back to your community?

      How to Answer

      In health care, you need to have a softer side. The interviewer wants to know that you actually care about people and have done some good in your community.

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