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30 Questions and Answers by Darby Faubion
Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice.

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Are you currently taking any mood altering drugs?

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  1. 1.

    Are you currently taking any mood altering drugs?

      While all people have an expectation of privacy regarding any medical condition, healthcare providers are expected to disclose any medical condition they have or medications they are taking with their employer. This is not meant to compromise confidentiality, but may be necessary in the event of an emergency. If you are taking medications, be sure that you can present a current prescription if asked. Remember, to be honest.

      Darby's Answer #1

      "I don't take any medications at this time. A few years ago I went through a divorce and I took an anti-depressant. I have not taken any medications for over a year now."

      Darby's Answer #2

      "I have taken Prozac for the last two years. I experienced mild depression after the death of my sister and my primary doctor prescribed this. Other than this medication, I only use over the counter pain relievers and herbal supplements."

  2. 2.

    Pediatric care, while rewarding, can be very stressful. What are some ways you may suggest for Nationwide Children's Hospital to do that may allow employees a chance to confront and release workplace stress?

      Stress in the workplace is inevitable, but it is important that it is addressed. Healthcare providers often internalize stress and have been known to carry those frustrations home after work. Do you have suggestions for helping to address work-related stress? Share your thoughts with the interviewer.

      Darby's Answer #1

      "I think that offering a little extra time at shift change, maybe 10-15 minutes, for staff to not only give report on the patients, but to express any stresses or issues that were experienced that day would be very helpful. We can't go home and talk about issues of the day or how a certain case made us feel because we risk compromising a patient's right to confidentiality. However, in report with our co-workers, we can share our feelings and get support from people who really know how we feel."

      Darby's Answer #2

      "I have had this same conversation with some of my peers before. Many people who work in high stress areas say that they would prefer to work longer hours 3-4 days a week rather than 8 hours a day for five or more days. Having a schedule with more time off allows for some down time and an opportunity to unwind and come back to work refreshed."

  3. 3.

    Nationwide Children's Hospital puts forth our best effort to help break barriers that interfere with patient care. Can you think of anything that may create a barrier to us being able to provide patient care to our pediatric patients, and how would you resolve the issue?

      Anything that delays the implementation of a plan of care can be a barrier. This question gives you an opportunity to show the interviewer your problem solving skills. Share your thoughts on resolving barriers to care.

      Darby's Answer #1

      "One of the most common barriers to care is the lack of patient or caregivers. Many times I have seen patients or their responsible party refuse care because they do not understand the treatment plan. I believe taking a little extra time to explain what care needs to be provided helps to alleviate anxiety for the patient/caregiver and allows the healthcare provider to complete their job effectively."

      Darby's Answer #2

      "I think that prioritizing what job needs to be done first and taking the time explain any treatment or procedure to the patient and/or caregiver will prevent delays as the plan of care is being implemented. Sometimes a simple bedside conversation can make things run much more smoothly."

  4. 4.

    When you meet new people, what are some things you would like for them to know/recognize about your personality?

      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.

      Darby's Answer #1

      "I would describe my personality as approachable, light-hearted, and positive. I like to give more than I take and pride myself on being part of a team. I always put effort into making sure that people who meet me quickly see those qualities in me and continue to see me as that type of person."

      Darby's Answer #2

      "I am a very-easy going person and love to laugh and joke. Although I know there are times to be serious and focused, I still feel like we can have a good attitude and approachable personality. I would hope that people who meet me recognize that qualities in my personality."

  5. 5.

    Has there ever been a time that you felt like you should have chosen a career that is not healthcare related?

      We all have days that we feel like we could have or should have done things differently. Whether it's a minor decision like a paint color or a major decision like a career choice. It's normal to wonder what things would be like if we had chosen a different path. The interviewer is not asking this question to disqualify you based on a 'yes' answer. Share your thoughts with the interviewer, honestly. If you have ever wondered if you made the right decision, share what made you stay in healthcare. There is no wrong answer.

      Darby's Answer #1

      "There have been times that I wondered what it would be like to be a teacher or a a research specialist. For me, those were just fleeting thoughts and nothing that I really wanted to pursue. I have always had a passion for patient care. At the end of the day, I can't imagine myself ever doing anything else as a career."

      Darby's Answer #2

      "Several years ago I had an experience at work that left me questioning my career choice for a while. An accident that occurred outside the hospital resulted in several patients being brought into our facility for care. There were several fatalities, including children. That incident took an emotional toll on several of us who worked that case. I took a little time and also saw the bereavement counselor at work to help me work through the emotions from that incident. I realize now that those emotions were natural and part of me questioning if I was in the right place was misplaced guilt for not being able to do more. Despite the emotional experience of that day, I really can't think of anything I would rather do other than be a healthcare provider."

  6. 6.

    What makes you think you will be successful at Nationwide Children's Hospital?

      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 Nationwide Children's 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.

      Darby's Answer #1

      "I know I will be successful in this role because I have been working in this industry for five years with great training and under excellent leadership. I have a solid understanding of X, Y, and Z (skills listed in the job description). Also, I have all of my updated certifications as outlined in your job description. I am well-prepared for this next step in my career and look forward to becoming an integral part of Nationwide Children's Hospital."

      Darby's Answer #2

      "I believe I will be successful with Nationwide Children's Hospital because I have the skills outlined in your job description and a strong desire to grow and develop more skills. I have researched Nationwide Children's Hospital and feel that my personal goals and patient care philosophy aligns well with this company. I look forward to seeing where I can be best utilized at Nationwide Children's Hospital."

  7. 7.

    Nationwide Children's Hospital values education and tries to accommodate employees who are seeking to further their education by offering flexible schedules as much as possible. If you could further your education, what specialty or sub-specialty would you choose?

      Many employers offer employer-sponsored education opportunities. Those who do not offer tuition assistance may offer flexible scheduling to accommodate an employee who is seeking higher education. Sharing your thoughts regarding any specialty/sub-specialty that you would like to learn about gives the interviewer an opportunity to know you and to see if there are any opportunities within Nationwide Children's Hospital that may help meet your educational goals.

      Darby's Answer #1

      "Pediatrics has always been my heart and I am happy anywhere I can work with children. If I did have to choose a sub-specialty in pediatrics, it would definitely be cardiology. The heart fascinates me and being able to learn more about it while caring pediatric patients would be a dream come true for me!"

      Darby's Answer #2

      "I would definitely saw that endocrinology would be my first choice for a specialty area. If I could study pediatric endocrinology, that would be awesome. I have never questioned my decision to work in pediatrics, but being able to focus in on one specific area of study would be a great opportunity."

  8. 8.

    When you were in school preparing for your career, what was the most difficult subject for you to grasp?

      Your answer to this question is not going to give you a 'pass' or 'fail' on your interview. The interviewer is getting to know what you feel are your strengths and weaknesses. Don't be shy about sharing something you may have struggled with. Be sure to share how you overcame that weakness to become successful in the class.

      Darby's Answer #1

      "Without a doubt, college math was my most dreaded subject! I honestly think I have a mental block about math. I did pass the class with a 3.0 average, but it was not easy! I hired a tutor and spent extra time studying. In the end, it was worth it."

      Darby's Answer #2

      "In the beginning, psychology was difficult for me. It took me a while to separate my personal feelings from what I was being taught in some of the classes. I had to take some time and change my way of thinking so that I could understand where certain theories came from and why and then I was able to begin to grasp the course more clearly. Now I love psychology and enjoy studying it."

  9. 9.

    Nationwide Children's Hospital offers well-child care as part of our pediatric care clinic. Part of well-child care is giving age appropriate immunizations. Have you ever been responsible for doing well-child evaluations and giving immunizations?

      Well-child care includes routine hearing and vision screenings, and immunizations. While not all pediatric healthcare providers offer well-child care, those who do must hire or train employees in the proper education regarding and administration of immunizations. Any experience you in this area or a willingness to be trained in well-child care could be a plus for you with the interviewer.


      Darby's Answer #1

      "Yes, I do have experience working with KidMed programs. I used to work in a local health unit and was responsible for well-child screenings and for providing immunizations. The fact that Nationwide Children's Hospital offers well-child care is one of the things that attracted me to your facility."

      Darby's Answer #2

      "Until now, I have only worked pediatric critical care. Knowing that Nationwide Children's Hospital offers well-child care is one of the things that attracted me to your facility. I realize I may have to have some training to work in the well-child area and am willing to participate in whatever training is necessary."

  10. 10.

    Here at Nationwide Children's Hospital we want to go the extra mile to help make hospital stays as comfortable as possible for children. Do you have any ideas of ways that could make a patient's stay more pleasant or comfortable?

      Being sick and/or hospitalized can be a frightening experience, especially for children. Nationwide Children's Hospital realizes that anxiety can impede treatment and healing times and seeks to find team members who are willing to put forth the necessary effort to make children feel as comfortable as possible. If you have any ideas to help create this kind of atmosphere, share it.

      Darby's Answer #1

      "I think it is such a great thing that Nationwide Children's Hospital wants to make children more comfortable. My experience working with children has been that children love to create things and have those things displayed. One idea of something fun would be to give pediatric patients a blank ceiling tile, allow them to paint it, and then display it along the ceiling in place of a previously blank one. With this idea, the child's art becomes a permanent part of the pediatric facility and can be enjoyed by patients and family now and in the future."

      Darby's Answer #2

      "I would love to see an activity room where children who are not contagious can meet and greet one another. I feel like when children see that others are going through something and being brave, they become brave themselves. An activity area would also give parents of the children an opportunity to develop a support system."

  11. 11.

    Do you have any previous experience working with pediatric patients?

      As a pediatric care facility, Nationwide Children's Hospital values the expertise of those with pediatric experience. However, do not let a lack of pediatric experience be a deterrent to applying for employment here. Often times employers like to hire less experienced workers and train them. If you have pediatric experience, share it. If you do not, tell the interviewer why you are interested in this specialty area.

      Darby's Answer #1

      "I have worked with pediatric patients previously, but not in a specialty facility. I have always wanted to concentrate on pediatrics as a specialty which is why I chose to apply at Nationwide Children's Hospital. I'd love to see what employment positions you have that would be a fit with my education and experience."

      Darby's Answer #2

      "I worked in a pediatrician's office for two years and loved it. I have wanted to make a move in my career where I can learn more skills and have more hands-on experience but stay within the pediatric realm of care."

  12. 12.

    Nationwide Children's Hospital has volunteers who work in many areas of our facility. Have you ever been a volunteer in any healthcare setting, and if so, what was your favorite part of being a volunteer?

      Pediatric patients, when possible, like to be engaged. With this in mind, many pediatric facilities such as Nationwide Children's Hospital recruit volunteers to participate in different activities with children and their families. While volunteering is not likely to be a requirement for employment with :company,: a willingness to give of yourself without expecting compensation tells the interviewer that you are active and willing to go the extra mile when needed. Share any experience or thoughts you have.

      Darby's Answer

      "I think utilizing volunteers with pediatric patients is a great idea. I loved volunteering with children. Some of the simplest things like coloring or working puzzles seemed to put a smile on their faces."

  13. 13.

    One unfortunate thing that pediatric health care providers have to deal with from time to time is a child abuse case. Have you ever had to work with any cases of abuse?

      Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the United States each year and these are some of the most difficult cases for any healthcare provider. Many facilities have specific staff that handle these special cases. If you have experience with these cases, you could be an integral part of this team of specialists. Remember to show compassion when you answer this question.

      Darby's Answer #1

      "The number of children who experience abuse is so alarming. I have never worked with childhood abuse cases, but have some experience working elderly abuse cases. No matter who is abused or by home, it is such a sad tragedy."

      Darby's Answer #2

      "I have not worked the medical side of abuse cases, but I used to work at junior high school and was aware of some cases of suspected abuse while there. When those cases were brought to our attention, we had to refer them to administration who notified family services."

  14. 14.

    As much as possible, Nationwide Children's Hospital tries to offer flexible scheduling for employees. Is there a particular shift or certain days that would work best for you?

      Many people work more than one job or have dependents who require care and need to have a flexible schedule. Others simply prefer to work one shift rather than another. Being up front with the interviewer about what schedule suits your preference could help prevent conflict later on. It is easier to plan a schedule you can agree on than it is to fix problems that arise due to fear of being rejected. Be honest and direct.

      Darby's Answer #1

      "I am not married and have no children at this time. So, I am pretty flexible with my schedule. If I had a choice, I would prefer the late shift, as I am a bit of a night owl. However, I am excited about the opportunity to become a part of Nationwide Children's Hospital and am willing to work where I'm needed."

      Darby's Answer #2

      "I am a single mom with two school-aged children. Ideally, the day shift would be a better fit for me. This would allow me to fulfill both my work and home responsibilities without a conflict."

  15. 15.

    As you know, Nationwide Children's Hospital is a pediatric care facility. Is there a sub-specialty within pediatrics that you are interested working in?

      There are many specialty areas to choose from as a healthcare provider. Pediatrics is a specialty, but there are also sub-specialties. Examples include: orthopedics, pediatric psychology, asthma and allergy care. This question offers you an opportunity to share your interests with the interviewer. Don't be shy. Being open may just land you in the exact position you want!

      Darby's Answer #1

      "I love pediatric psychology! The human mind is so interesting to me. I've worked with adults who have mental health issues, but pediatric mental health is a world of its own. I believe I read that Nationwide Children's Hospital has a department devoted to pediatric psychology. I would love to discuss any employment opportunities you have in that department."

      Darby's Answer #2

      "I am new to pediatrics and haven't really settled on a specialty area where I'd like to work. One reason I sought out an employment opportunity at Nationwide Children's Hospital is the various specialty areas here. I look forward to having an opportunity to learn and grow here."

  16. 16.

    Nationwide Children's Hospital values the opinions of our employees. If you were responsible for hiring someone, what qualities would you look for in a candidate?

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  17. 17.

    What do you think is a good practice for a healthcare provider to help get assigned work done in a timely manner, but with as little stress as possible?

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  18. 18.

    While we realize changes happen in life, Nationwide Children's Hospital hopes to find employees who want to have a long-term working relationship with us. What changes in your life/career do you anticipate in the next 3-5 years?

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  19. 19.

    At Nationwide Children's Hospital we strive to attract and retain a highly skilled, talented, and diverse workforce. What are your thoughts on diversity in the workplace and can you share a personal experience with diversity in the workplace?

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  20. 20.

    Nationwide Children's Hospital works diligently to uphold the highest standards of care. Do you have a clear understanding of the HIPAA law?

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  21. 21.

    Here at Nationwide Children's Hospital, we encourage employees to be proactive in learning about changing medicine and important topics related to their employment positions. How do you make sure that your knowledge and certifications, if any, remain current?

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  22. 22.

    It is easy for people to feel overwhelmed at work, especially those who provide care for other people. What are some things that you do to unwind and give yourself a chance to relax and recharge?

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  23. 23.

    Can you think of a time you had a disagreement with a co-worker and, if so, how did you resolve it?

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  24. 24.

    Nationwide Children's Hospital likes to recognize employees for their hard work and contributions. Have you ever received an award or recognition for a job well done?

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  25. 25.

    Nationwide Children's Hospital values strong relationships among our staff and patients. What are some things you feel are important in relationship builder?

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  26. 26.

    Nationwide Children's Hospital has some positions available in a few different departments. Would you prefer to work in a position that involves more teamwork or a position that requires someone to work independently?

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  27. 27.

    What has been your favorite place to work in your career, and is it similar to what you think Nationwide Children's Hospital has to offer?

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  28. 28.

    If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

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  29. 29.

    Has there ever been a particular case that was difficult for you, and what did you take away from that experience to help you later?

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  30. 30.

    Nationwide Children's Hospital values experience and expertise and tries to offer compensation based upon experience. What are your thoughts regarding people in the same position having different salaries based on experience?

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