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Interior Health Authority Interview Questions

To help you prepare for an Interior Health Authority job interview, here are 31 interview questions and answer examples.

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Interior Health Authority 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 Interior Health Authority Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Interior Health Authority 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 Interior Health Authority. 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. Interior Health Authority 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 Interior Health Authority 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. At Interior Health Authority, we believe that a healthy workforce is an important factor in promoting the health and well-being of our patients. What are ways that you choose to live a healthy lifestyle?

      How to Answer

      Healthy living in the eyes of Interior Health Authority boils down to eating well, staying active and living tobacco free. While your interviewer surely can't hold any lifestyle choices against you in your interviewer, be sure to point out ways that you choose to live a healthy lifestyle. After doing this, talk about how your lifestyle choices can impact how you can be a motivator and a great example for the patients that you would work with. Using real life personal example would be very helpful for your interviewer to grasp how you make healthy living choices on a daily basis.

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  • 5. What is your greatest weakness?

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      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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  • 6. With the expanse that we stretch throughout southern British Columbia, are you open to any relocation opportunities is they would come up in the future if hired?

      How to Answer

      Interior Health Authority is a large organization that has large hospitals, small community hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities all over southern British Columbia. For this question, your interviewer is simply looking to gauge whether you'd be open to opportunities to relocate in the future with the organization. For your answer, you can be open to it, opposed to it or even impartial at the moment, but it's important how you answer the question to paint the picture for your interviewer. No matter how you answer, be sure to reiterate your commitment to the position you are interviewing for and the organization.

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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. What would be the important factors for you to truly enjoy the work you would perform here at Interior Health Authority?

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      Interior Health Authority strives to create an environment where employees enjoy the work that they do, their environment and those that they work with. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to get a sense of what makes you tick and what will make you happy in your job. There are no right or wrong answers for this question, so make sure to speak from the heart in your answer. Is it the people that make you truly happy in your work? If so, talk about why this is important. Does the opportunity to learn and grow in your work make you happy in your work? If so, discuss why this is important to you and your career.

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  • 11. If Interior Health Authority 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?

      How to Answer

      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 Interior Health Authority does.

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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      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. If hired for this position at Interior Health Authority, you'll quickly find that we don't take patient safety lightly. What do you consider to be the keys of patient safety in your role?

      How to Answer

      A person that is sick or injured and seeking care at Interior Health Authority comes with the assumption that they will be safe in their care. But the healthcare world is filled with many hazards, even within the walls of a hospital or clinic, and it is up to the caregivers to ensure that each patient is care for safely. For this question, think of the key things that you do each day to ensure that each patient is cared for in the safest manner possible. In your answer, be sure to reiterate to your interviewer that you always keep patient safety in the forefront of your thinking.

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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. Patient care requires a strong amount of compassion. Do you consider yourself a compassionate person?

      How to Answer

      To succeed in the healthcare services industry, you should have a solid level of compassion for your patients or customers. Talk to the interviewer about the compassionate qualities that you possess. How would you rate your level of compassion for others?

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  • 18. Here at Interior Health Authority, infection control measures are held in the highest regard to promote the safety of both the patients and our staff. What measure do you take in your work to promote infection control?

      How to Answer

      In hospitals, clinics and in the home health setting, healthcare workers are the first in a line of defense in preventing sickness and disease from spreading to patients and workers. For your answer to this question, talk about the big and the little things that you do on a day to day basis to prevent the spread of infection. If you have any direct training in regard to infection prevention, be sure to bring that up to your interviewer as well.

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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. Talk about your ability to partner with colleagues outside of your work unit and explain why it is important to do so at times to provide great patient care.

      How to Answer

      To provide the best, most comprehensive patient care possible, a true team effort is often required that spans along every provider and caregiver that touches a particular patient. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you understand who the key players are that you will work with outside of your work unit and that you can do so effectively. If you have any examples of times you had to collaborate with people outside your work unit, talk about that situation and why it was important.

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  • 21. At Interior Health Authority 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 Interior Health Authority fit into your longer-term plans?

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  • 22. What are some methods that you use to be efficient in your work? Why is efficiency in your work important to you?

      How to Answer

      One of the goals of Interior Health Authority is to be sustainable through innovation, productivity and efficiency. For the organization to be efficient, your interviewer knows that the person that they hire for the job you are interviewing for needs to be efficient in their work and your interviewer will be looking to find out how you work efficiently in your job. On top of explaining why efficiency is important for the obvious reasons, talk about what you do on a day to day basis to ensure that you are working efficiently. Depending on your job, working efficiently can involve a wide array of things. Make sure you try and capture all of the little things that you do that add up to on the job efficiency.

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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. One of our main values is trust at Interior Health Authority. If hired for this position, what ideas would you look forward to expressing if we put that trust into you?

      How to Answer

      Interior Health Authority believes in empowering their employees so much that they made it one for their four core values. They value trusting employee to express their ideas on the job and they encourage this of employees on a very consistent basis. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you are comfortable in being an expert in your work and that you are confident in your ability to be empowered in your work. Be sure to research the position you are interviewing for in details and speak confidently about the ideas that you could help bring to the team.

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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. At Interior Health Authority, we value the ability of our employees to be respectful to all people. Talk about a time where it was difficult to show respect in the workplace and explain how you overcame this.

      How to Answer

      In the healthcare setting, you often have to deal with patients that are rude, mean or just plain not fun to be around, but you have to maintain the ability to stay positive and treat others with respect by being courteous. This can also pour over the fellow colleagues as well. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to judge your ability to overcome working with difficult patients or colleagues by having you demonstrate your ability to maintain a positive and nurturing demeanor. In your example, describe the situation in detail and talk about the methods you use to maintain a respectful relationship with all that you encounter in your work.

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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. Talk about a time that you had to manage a task or responsibility that fell outside of your normal job duties. How did you handle this situation?

      How to Answer

      At the heart of this question, your interviewer will be looking to gauge your accountability when you are tasked with something that falls out of your regular job duties. Interior Health Authority values integrity in the workplace and the organization expects employees to be accountable for their actions. In your answer, talk about a situation that demonstrates your ability to be held accountable when you've been asked to work outside of your normal duties. If you can, talk about communication you had with your leadership or team to learn about the situation and then talk about what you learned from the situation to paint the full picture for your interviewer.

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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. 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. As part of our mission here at Interior Health Authority, we strive to provide our services in a timely manner. How do you ensure that you are timely in the services that you provide to your patients or customers?

      How to Answer

      In the essence of this question, your interviewer will be looking for you to have a strict patient focus on how you work in an efficient and timely manner to provide results to your patient. The organization's mission is focused on patient care and your answer to this question should be as well. Think about the ways and examples that you have demonstrated your ability to follow up in a timely manner with patients or have worked in diligent ways to give them the care that they deserve and reiterate this to your interviewer.

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