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Kaiser Permanente Interview Questions

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Ryan Brunner has over ten years of experience recruiting, interviewing, and hiring candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries.

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Working at Kaiser Permanente, there are many emotions that staff can experience in a day. Have your emotions ever been in the way of your productivity on the job?

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Kaiser Permanente Interview Questions & Answers

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    Working at Kaiser Permanente, there are many emotions that staff can experience in a day. Have your emotions ever been in the way of your productivity on the job?

      How to Answer

      No matter if the job you are interviewing for at Kaiser Permanente puts you in direct patient contact or not, the healthcare industry, in general, can be very emotional at times for any staff member. In asking this question, your 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. If possible, try to point out your ability to stay calm in an emotional situation on the job by pointing out a time that you had to in the past with great results.

      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, and unreserved.

      Ryan's Answer

      "Everyone is emotional to a certain degree, and I would consider myself kind-hearted and open. A career in healthcare can be emotional at times; however, I choose to focus on the positives. For instance - if we are close to losing a patient, I will focus on the positive memories rather than the illness. This mindset has consistently allowed me to continue with a productive shift no matter the emotions that come my way and I would be able to bring this same level-headedness to work at Kaiser Permanente. "

      Ryan's Answer

      "This is a great question. I think the right answer is, 'of course, but not for long!' We've all had those tough cases. A child dies, a patient yells at you, or you have to give someone a cancer diagnosis. It's professional to take a few minutes after an encounter like that and let those emotions come and go. I cope with these emotions by telling myself that it's not my story, it's the patient's story. I think it's okay to be moved by someone else's experience, but I don't need to make it mine."

      2 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I'm human, and of course, I feel sad if one of my patients has bad news if a customer dies or something happens to my coworkers or someone I care about, but I also don't let those feelings affect my job and productivity."

      Rachelle's Answer

      There is a balance between allowing normal emotion and allowing it to impact your work. It seems you have found that balance. Nice work!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I care about the patient's emotions, but I don't let it get in the way with work. I had a patient who lost his wife he has been married to for 50 years. I can at least hug the patient, and I told him to think about the good memories he has had with her."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is an emotional situation, indeed. It seems you are very empathetic while providing personalized care.

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