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At NeuroScience we seek to hire individuals who have ambitions of growing their career. Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years?

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  1. 1.

    At NeuroScience we seek to hire individuals who have ambitions of growing their career. Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years?

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

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In 3-5 years I would like to see my career with NeuroScience, Inc. include a path towards a leadership role. I am very keen on paving a long-term career in the healthcare services realm and would love the opportunity to do that here."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "One of the attractive points of working for NeuroScience, Inc. is that you care about the growth of your employees. I'm motivated to learn and am looking for a long-term fit. In 3-5 years, I'd like to be grounded in the clinic, learn about this site, your patient base, and earn certifications that would help the unit advance. I want to get involved in some of the local volunteer organizations. I speak Spanish, and I have an interest in urban outreach, so it would be nice to do something formal in that context, health-education, or fundraising."

  2. 2.

    At NeuroScience 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?

      Assure the interviewer of your dedication 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 NeuroScience, Inc. as long as possible.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I dedicated my entire career to the healthcare services field. I find it incredibly rewarding and interesting because I get to help others, and every day brings new challenges! One of the reasons I applied for this role with NeuroScience, Inc. is because I can see a long-term fit here. I plan to work in the healthcare segment for my entire career."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I know this career can take a toll on personal life, and I understand that while it can be more-or-less sustainable, it's more than just a job for me. So far, I have dedicated my entire adult life to this career. I have shadowed numerous professionals and have worked in multiple clinics. I know this is the right career for me."

  3. 3.

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

      The interviewer would like to dig deeper into your real areas of interest when it comes to healthcare services. They want to know that your passions align well with what NeuroScience, Inc. 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 NeuroScience, Inc. would be offering you.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "If I could expand my expertise in any healthcare service area, I would choose anything within primary care. This interest is one of the reasons I have applied to your company. I feel that your focus will be a great fit with my long-term career goals."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I'm interested in research. One of the things that attracted me to working with your company is your ongoing community-based research collaborations. I'd be curious to hear if the (clinic/hospital/program) had any needs in this area. Is this something junior staff can be involved in?"

  4. 4.

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

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Whether I am doing an independent project, or working in a team environment, I always give my best. I enjoy the camaraderie of working in a team, but I can be successful working autonomously as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have found, in the past, that I work well in an individually driven environment; however, I can certainly be productive in a team-based setting as well."

  5. 5.

    If NeuroScience hired you today, what would you accomplish first?

      When you start a new position, it is essential to be clear on how you will make a positive impact after being hired. This question is a delicate one, and you need to show respect for the onboarding process, then give a moderately ambitious project that you could execute. This concept is often called your 'value proposition' in marketing. 'Hire me because I'll do X.'

      Remember, this is your campaign promise. If hired, it will likely be your first target to hit, and depending on the environment; it could make or break you. The best approach is to give a functional analysis of the employers' needs and your skills.

      Tell the interviewer what your impact goal is, should you be the successful candidate. Be sure to refer to the immediate needs of the company, such as increasing budgets, or improving patient care, for instance.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When we were speaking earlier, you mentioned that you were urgently seeking to improve the level of patient care and compassion at this facility. I want to offer my skills when it comes to building patient rapport and help to improve the satisfaction of everyone that uses the services of NeuroScience, Inc.. I plan to make a positive impact very quickly."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If hired today, I would commit to diving into every resource provided to me, speeding up the learning curve typical of a new hire who is also new to their career. I will soak in every learning opportunity that comes my way so that I can be a self-sufficient member of your healthcare service team within the first 30 days."

  6. 6.

    What is your greatest weakness?

      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!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I know this will come off as cliche, but it's truthful. My weakness is not delegating. I know what I want and how I want it done, so it's often easier to do it myself. However, it can inhibit my ability to grow. I cannot take on every step of a project; I need to be able to give the task or a portion of it to another team member or direct report, let go of the control, and know it will be taken care of. I've spoken with my current manager about it, and we've developed a system where he can call me out on the behavior since often I'm not aware of it. By bringing awareness to it at the moment, I find my propensity to hold onto control has decreased, so I'm certainly moving in the right direction."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "At this point in my career within healthcare services, my newness is my greatest weakness. To overcome this, I have committed to ten extra hours per week of study. I dive into various medical journals and spend a great deal of time educating myself beyond what my degree and internship have offered."

  7. 7.

    Tell me about your healthcare related education and training.

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have a nursing degree as well as additional on the job training within clinical research. I feel that my nursing education opened up many potential industry-related avenues for me. I graduated top of my class and completed a valuable internship with 'XYZ Health Services.' All of these experiences have helped prepare me for success in this role with NeuroScience, Inc.."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I did my undergraduate in chemistry and medical school at St. George's University. I loved surgery, so my electives were in general surgery, trauma epidemiology, and orthopedics. I'm happy to be moving on to more responsibility as a resident. I have had some amazing mentors, and I found that I could perform with some different teaching styles."

  8. 8.

    In order to work for NeuroScience, you must be able to pass a full criminal background check. Do you consent to a full background check?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have a clean criminal record and am happy to comply with any background check you require of me."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "No problem. I understand that it's part of the job. But I want to be up-front, I have done a full background check before, and there is a possibility you will see a charge for possession of marijuana in the check. It was several years ago, and it's no longer an issue for me because I've made significant changes in my life to pursue this career. But I don't want you to be surprised by the information. I'm happy to answer any questions you have."

  9. 9.

    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?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My chosen career was helping people at exactly the point they were least capable of censoring themselves or giving back. So, I stopped needing thanks from my patients. It's not like I don't need positive reinforcement. Everyone does. But I made a point to find it in other places instead of expecting it from my patients. Nowadays, I make an effort to expressly thank the people I work with when they do a good job. I focus on being grateful to be allowed to see private, raw, emotional parts of people's lives."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am an easily motivated individual, and it does not take much to keep me engaged. I am fully aware that healthcare-related positions can seem thankless. Honestly, the best thanks that I can get is a pat on the back now and then. The majority of my motivation comes from simply helping people."

  10. 10.

    NeuroScience has a diverse workforce. When have you worked among a diverse group of people?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am so glad you pointed out your need for diversity at NeuroScience, Inc.. 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."

  11. 11.

    Tell me about yourself.

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "A bit about me - I love to travel, read, and conduct research. I spent the past few months traveling the world with Doctors Without Borders. It was the best experience that I could have given myself as I was able to learn so much from seeing how the rest of the world lives. I returned to the US just last month and had been actively looking for new work for the past couple of weeks. I am eager to getting into the routine of a career again."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am an avid marathon runner and have traveled to 10 countries in the last eight years to compete in a variety of races. I am a competitive individual and enjoy keeping fit. New to my career in healthcare services, my biggest goal is to take as many related courses as possible. I am eager to get a great start on my career."

  12. 12.

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

      To succeed in the healthcare services industry, you should have a substantial 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 empathy for others?

      Some ways to describe yourself could be:

      - Understanding
      - Warm-hearted
      - Empathetic
      - Responsive
      - Charitable
      - Tender-hearted

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I understand that compassion is one of the top qualities that I need to bring to the workplace, being in the healthcare services profession. I consider myself a very compassionate individual. I am warm-hearted, responsive to my patients' needs, and always empathetic."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Yes, I most certainly consider myself a compassionate person. I take the opportunity to understand and help others whenever possible. While attending university, I spent a lot of time volunteering at a local hospice - not only for the added experience but also to give back to others. I look forward to continuing this level of compassionate care with your organization."

  13. 13.

    In the healthcare services industry there are many emotions in a day. Have your emotions ever been in the way of your productivity?

      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

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "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 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. "

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "This is a great question. I think the right answer is, 'of course, but not for long'! We've all had those severe cases. A child dies, 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, its 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."

  14. 14.

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

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

      Some ways to build strong relationships in the workplace:

      - Have strong follow-up habits
      - Offer sincere conversation
      - Get to know people on a personal level
      - Be trustworthy
      - Avoid gossip
      - Offer mutual respect
      - Be mindful of your actions
      - Compliment others
      - Be positive
      - Be a strong listener

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have earned compliments on my relationship-building skills. I like to get to know people and ask them questions about themselves. Most people love to talk about themselves, and I find it's a great and simple way to start building rapport with others. I consider myself to be a strong relationship builder and take pride in my 'people skills'. Rest assured, I would be a great ambassador of positive relationships for NeuroScience, Inc.."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am happy to hear that NeuroScience, Inc. values long-term relationships. This fact is a bonus for me, and it's one of the reasons I chose to work in the medical field. I like working in an industry where genuine care is valued. Healthcare is not a place for gimmicks because health is precious and irreplaceable. I've had success in university and my internships by focusing on building a reputation for consistency and followup. What you describe is a good fit for me, and I'd like to represent a company that wants to create long-term sustainable partnerships."

  15. 15.

    What is your patient care philosophy?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Every day at work, I remind myself that everyone I come across has their struggles. Every person we care for has a story. I make sure to get to know my patients whenever possible. Everyone has the right to compassionate care."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have three philosophies when it comes to my work; One view for the clinic, one for me, and one for the patient. First, I work in a system, and I respect that. I follow the rules, I maintain my certifications, and I appreciate the policies and values of whatever site I work. Patient care is a privilege, and I respect the role I have in clinical care and the part other people have. Second, I want to be the best at what I do. Every day I learn something, and that's because I choose to get better.
      Last, I adapt to the individual. If I'm meeting the requirements of my position, and evolving within my profession, then I am free to adjust to my patient and be the provider they need. Some patients need a lot of attention; some want less, and some need boundaries. I have trained myself to adapt my communication style, so a patient gets what they need."

  16. 16.

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

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  17. 17.

    Have you ever been involved in ordering medical supplies, maintaining inventory, or other types of healthcare-related administrative duties?

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  18. 18.

    NeuroScience seeks to hire those with strong problem solving skills. When were you able to successfully resolve a problem in the workplace?

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  19. 19.

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

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  20. 20.

    How would you describe your personality?

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  21. 21.

    NeuroScience supports a healthy work/life balance for all employees. How do you balance life and work?

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  22. 22.

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

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  23. 23.

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

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  24. 24.

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

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  25. 25.

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

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  26. 26.

    What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

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  27. 27.

    In your opinion, what makes you a great problem solver?

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  28. 28.

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

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  29. 29.

    Why do you think you will be successful in this role with NeuroScience?

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  30. 30.

    NeuroScience 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?

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