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Inova Fairfax Hospital Interview Questions

To help you prepare for an Inova Fairfax Hospital job interview, here are 31 interview questions and answer examples.

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Inova Fairfax Hospital 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 Inova Fairfax Hospital Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Inova Fairfax Hospital 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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      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."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I am so glad you pointed out your need for diversity at Inova Fairfax Hospital. 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. Inova Fairfax Hospital 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

      Most employers do offer higher salary incentives to get more seasoned employees. This is not meant to devalue a person's knowledge or experience, but rather paying for more experience. It is important to note that the interviewer is not saying you will definitely make less than someone with more experience. Many times this question is to see how you respond and how badly you want a position. If an employee is willing to put in the work and earn the pay increase, employers often see them as someone worth investing in. This is a good time to ask what the beginning salary is and discuss options that are negotiable such as benefits and paid time off.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I understand that years of experience are often rewarded with higher earning. I feel, given the chance to demonstrate my knowledge and skills, you will find that I am capable of doing the job as well as some of the more experienced employees. Having said that, I will not turn down an offer of employment because of a difference in pay based on my present lack of experience. With that in mind, what benefits are available for someone coming on board with your company with my resume?"

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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 Inova Fairfax Hospital 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."

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      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 Inova Fairfax Hospital?

      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 Inova Fairfax Hospital. 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. Physicians & researchers at Inova Children's Hospital actively participate in clinical trials in an effort to improve patient care and outcomes for their young children. What are your thoughts about clinical trials involving pediatric patients?

      How to Answer

      Advancements in medicine occur every day. Clinical trials are essential to determine the effectiveness of new medications and treatments. People have varying opinions about who should be allowed to participate in clinical trials, especially when it comes to children. There is really no wrong answer to this question. If you are familiar with any clinical trial or its outcome, this would be a good time to share some of that experience with the interviewer.

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

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know how you would rate your problem-solving skills. Of course, you want to give yourself a strong rating; however, it's essential that you remain realistic. Everyone has room to learn and improve! Be sure to justify your score as well.

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  • 7. What made you choose healthcare as a career?

      How to Answer

      This is a simple question that will speak volumes to the interviewer. With so many career choices available, the interviewer is curious to know what made you choose this profession. If you experienced something in your past that made you appreciate a healthcare provider, share that experience. This is a perfect opportunity for the interviewer to know you on a personal level.

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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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      "During my past work experience, I had a manager who was little rough with me. He would point out a small little mistake and make it sound like a big issue. However, I took his feedback into a consideration because I knew that his intention was to help me and did not mean to make me feel discouraged. I believe that everyone is entitled to their own professional opinion. So, I acted professionally by maintaining respect and actively listening to my manager. After listening, I explained my side then we came up with a solution on how I can improve and avoid making the same mistake. In the end, I apologized and told him that I will try not to make the same mistake."

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      This is a strong example that showcases your ability to take constructive feedback, show respect for others, and work together to resolve the issue. You can make this answer even stronger by sharing that you were able to avoid making the same mistake after implementing your improvement plan.

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  • 11. If Inova Fairfax Hospital hired you today, what would you accomplish first?

      How to Answer

      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?

      How to Answer

      Many employers realize that an investment in their employees is actually an investment in their company. With employer sponsored education opportunities, employees can continue their education with little to no out-of-pocket expense in exchange for signing a contract to continue working with that company for a set amount of time. For many, it is a win-win situation. An interviewer is likely to recommend a candidate for employment if he feels that the candidate has the intention to stay employed within the company for an extended time. However, if you are not interested in continuing your education at this time, simply state that you have reached a place where you are satisfied with your degree, but appreciate the fact that the option is there if your future goals change.

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  • 13. Being a healthcare provider is rewarding, but can also be very stressful at times. Can you share a situation that was difficult for you and how you worked through it?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer recognizes that, while being a healthcare provider has its benefits, it can often be trying at times. This question gives you the chance to show how your vulnerability meets your strengths. Having balance between the two is a sought-after characteristic of healthcare providers. Being willing to open up to the interviewer about a situation that was emotional for you and how you were able to cope will show him what can be expected of you when you are faced with a difficult situation in the future.

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  • 14. Inova Fairfax Hospital partners with eight nursing schools to provide training to students. Have you ever precepted students who are doing a clinical

      How to Answer

      Inova Fairfax Hospital is a learning facility. There will be times when there are students in several departments at the same time. If you have ever had an opportunity to precept students, or are interested in the opportunity, share that with the interviewer.

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  • 15. Inova Fairfax Hospital 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. Inova Fairfax Hospital's emergency department currently has a wait time of 17 minutes from the time a patient's information is entered in registration to triage. Do you think that this is a good wait time or could it be improved?

      How to Answer

      One of the most heard complaints regarding emergency service overall is the wait time from the time a patient arrives to the ER until he or she is seen by a provider. Share with the interviewer any experience you have with emergency room care, either as a provider or a patient. The interviewer is giving you an opportunity in this question to share your thoughts on improving care. If you answer this thoughtfully, rather than critically, it could give the interviewer some insight to your problem solving skills which are vital for any healthcare provider.

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  • 17. Has there ever been a time that you felt singled out for your personal convictions? If so, what did you learn from that experience that allows you to feel empathy towards your patients and/or co-workers?

      How to Answer

      Bullying is unfortunately not exclusive to school-aged children. It is often seen among peers in the workplace. This question presents an opportunity for you to share a personal experience that may have caused you to feel vulnerable, but also gave you the chance to react in a way that is positive. Feeling like your personal beliefs are under scrutiny can be stressful. Your answer, especially if you have experienced this personally, will show the interviewer how you handle stress and how you may be able to diffuse a similar situation in the future.

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  • 18. Everyone you meet has an individual personality. What is something you would like people who are meeting you to know about your personality?

      How to Answer

      Personality and character are two things that are closely related. For instance, someone with an honest character or good work ethic will tend to be more open about his or her beliefs as well as personal and professional expectations. The interviewer is looking for ques as to what character you may bring to the table, so to speak. It is important to remember, body language speaks volume and eye contact is a big indicator of your self-esteem, and your self-esteem is reflected outwardly in your personality. Be confident when you answer and make eye contact with the interviewer.

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  • 19. When have you shown a willingness to learn a new method or new approach to solving a problem?

      How to Answer

      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 make sure to spend more time highlighting the resolution rather than the problem.

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  • 20. Inova Fairfax Hospital 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 Inova Fairfax Hospital 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 Inova Fairfax Hospital fit into your longer-term plans?

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  • 22. Inova Fairfax Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award from Healthgrades for the third consecutive year in 2018. Have you ever been recognized for your accomplishments?

      How to Answer

      Receiving public recognition for an accomplishment is not a job requirement, but doing a job that caused you to receive such recognition would tell the interviewer that you are dedicated and hardworking. This is an opportunity to give yourself a 'pat on the back,' so to speak, but remember to be humble with your response.

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  • 23. 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?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know how they could continue to motivate you - even on the hardest of days. Do you need to have verbal recognition? Are you motivated solely by the success of your team? Talk to the interviewer about how you have stayed motivated in the past.

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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 Inova Fairfax Hospital 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 Inova Fairfax Hospital 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 Inova Fairfax Hospital, 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. Inova Fairfax Hospital offers Northern Virginia's only level 1 trauma center for treating the most critically injured patients. Do you have experience working critical care?

      How to Answer

      Researching a company prior to interviewing is a great way to show an interviewer that you are truly interested in what the company has to offer. Inova Fairfax Hospital offers many specialty areas, but being the only level 1 trauma center in that area is a great accomplishment. Be sure to mention something positive about Inova Fairfax Hospital's efforts in achieving the goal of providing critical care. It will show the interviewer, whether you are experienced in critical care or not, that you have an overall respect for the company and what they offer.

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

      How to Answer

      Assure the interviewer that you would treat everyone at Inova Fairfax Hospital with great respect and a positive attitude. Discuss the ways that you would build strong and healthy relationships if hired.

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  • 29. Inova Fairfax Hospital has 6 independent training programs and 13 partnerships with medical education facilities. What medical training do you have and have you considered furthering your education?

      How to Answer

      In the healthcare industry, continuing education is a must. In addition to Inova Fairfax Hospital's 6 independent training programs, they partner with Georgetown, GWU, The National Capital Consortium (military program), VCU, Howard and NIH to provide training in a total of 19 specialty training areas. Clearly education is very important to Inova Fairfax Hospital. 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. In the healthcare services industry there are many emotions in a day. Have your emotions ever been in the way of your productivity?

      How to Answer

      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.

      Keep in mind - almost everyone is an emotional creature to some degree, but there are other ways that you can describe yourself that have a more positive connotation. If you are passionate, you could choose to refer to yourself as:

      - Expressive
      - Communicative
      - Open
      - Unreserved
      - Warm Hearted

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  • 31. At Inova Fairfax Hospital we seek to hire individuals who display a keen interest in the healthcare arena. Would you consider yourself dedicated to a career in healthcare services?

      How to Answer

      Assure the interviewer that you are dedicated to a lucrative career in the healthcare services industry. The hiring manager would like to know that this position fits into your long-term plan and that, if hired, you would stay with Inova Fairfax Hospital as long as possible.

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