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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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At OB-GYN Physicians, in an effort to attract diverse patients, we strive to employee individuals from different backgrounds . What are your thoughts on diversity in the workplace & do you have any experience working with people of different backgrounds/beliefs?
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Some people are intimidated when faced with learning new cultures and beliefs, but in the healthcare industry, it is important to provide effective care. The interviewer wants to know that you are open to meeting and learning about new people and becoming an integral part of the team. Be positive with your response.
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1.
At OB-GYN Physicians, in an effort to attract diverse patients, we strive to employee individuals from different backgrounds . What are your thoughts on diversity in the workplace & do you have any experience working with people of different backgrounds/beliefs?
Some people are intimidated when faced with learning new cultures and beliefs, but in the healthcare industry, it is important to provide effective care. The interviewer wants to know that you are open to meeting and learning about new people and becoming an integral part of the team. Be positive with your response.

Darby's Answer #1
"The largest diverse group I worked with was probably when I did my clinical rotation at University Medical Center. I was afforded the opportunity to meet people from different cultures, religions, and professional backgrounds. It gave me an eye-opening experience of how many wonderful people there are!"
Darby's Answer #2
"I think diversity in the healthcare industry is essential. People from all over the world now call our country their home. I believe learning about and showing an appreciation for people from different walks of life only makes us stronger as we build upon the common bond of caring for others."
2.
Like most employers, OB-GYN Physicians likes to attract employees that want to build a long-term relationship with us. What changes, if any, do you anticipate in your personal or professional life within the next 2-3 years?
Knowing what goals you have and any changes you anticipate in your life will give the interviewer an opportunity to evaluate two things: 1. what positions are available that won't disrupt your plans and, 2. are you interested in having a long-term relationship within the company? Change is good and growth is encouraged. However, because employers invest time and money in training new employees, they prefer that they have a plan to stay for the long-term. Still, if you don't plan on being in the same geographical area five years from now, it's OK to say that now. Some companies offer opportunities for transfers to other facilities within the same network. Either way, being upfront and honest is always appreciated.

Darby's Answer #1
"I recently became engaged. Although we have not set a date yet, we have agreed to wait twelve months before the marriage. My fiance' just passed the Bar exam here and has been offered an opportunity to join an existing law firm. Presently, our plans are to stay where we are and build a career, not just work a job. Also, we do not plan on having children for at least two years after our marriage. We both feel that being able to become established in our careers and save for our future would be the responsible thing to do before starting a family."
Darby's Answer #2
"I understand that people have different plans and goals and that sometimes things happen unexpectedly. However, other than something very unexpected happening, I have no intention of moving away from this area and would like very much to find a position here with OB-GYN Physicians Inc. that can become long-term placement."
3.
At OB-GYN Physicians we often see patients with different types of mental health diagnoses. Are you familiar with post-partum psychosis?
Postpartum psychosis is a severe mental illness characterized by extreme difficulty in responding emotionally to a newborn baby. While its occurrence is not as prevalent as that of postpartum depression, women's healthcare providers are encouraged to know the signs and symptoms, which are often debilitating. Share your understanding of the condition.

Darby's Answer #1
"Yes, I am familiar with the diagnosis of postpartum psychosis. One of my colleagues was diagnosed with it after the birth of her second child. I am so glad to know that OB-GYN Physicians Inc. actively educates its employees on mental health issues."
Darby's Answer #2
"I do have experience working with women suffering from postpartum psychosis. Not only for the patients, but for family members who have never heard of it, postpartum psychosis can be a frightening experience."
4.
Will you share one of your most difficult cases and how you handled the stress of it?
Stressful situations arise in any job. While the interviewer is asking you to share a difficult case, what he is looking for is how you handled the situation. Were you able to stay cool under pressure? Is the stress of that situation something that you have carried with you? Your answer will tell the interviewer about your coping mechanisms.

Darby's Answer #1
"One of the most difficult cases I ever worked was a labor and delivery case. The baby died prior to birth and the mother had to deliver the baby naturally. It was my first time to work a delivery case when we knew that the baby had died. I understand now the reasons for it, but at the time, it was very difficult for me to process."
Darby's Answer #2
"The most difficult case I ever worked was not a women's health case, but an ER case. We had a case of a motor vehicle accident that was caused by a drunk driver. The accident involved several cars and the majority of the injured were brought to our ER. There were three fatalities. It was such a senseless tragedy. I dealt with a lot of frustration because I knew the accident could have been prevented."
5.
As much as possible, OB-GYN Physicians tries to accommodate employees by working to create flexible work schedules. Is there a schedule that fits best with your family/education responsibilities?
Many people work more than one job or have a one parent home which requires them to have a flexible schedule. Others may be interested in continuing their education o 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 this team and am willing to work where I'm needed."
Darby's Answer #2
"I have considered enrolling in a class at the community college that is scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Other than those days, my schedule is very flexible. However, if an offer of employment at OB-GYN Physicians Inc. is contingent upon me being able to work those nights, I will certainly opt for an opportunity here and discuss other options of classes at a later time."
6.
Unfortunately, the drug crisis worldwide is no respecter of persons when it comes to the unborn. OB-GYN Physicians often cares for patients who are addicted to drugs, or are pregnant and addicted to drugs. Do you have any experience with addiction disorders?
When someone is affected either personally, or through someone they know, it tends to give a deeper sense of understanding what it takes to overcome these addictions. Be honest. There is no wrong answer. If you have never used or been around someone who has used drugs, that's fine. If you have, that's ok, too. This is a perfect time to share your feelings regarding an epidemic that is sweeping across our nation.

Darby's Answer #1
"I have never abused drugs of any type. I have a family member who was addicted to pain medicine after a bad car accident. I saw the effects that the addiction had not only on him, but his family, as well. It took a long time to break that addiction. I am glad to know that an institution like OB-GYN Physicians Inc. recognizes this epidemic and offers treatment opportunities. I believe my personal experience with what I saw my family member go through is something I can use to encourage patients at OB-GYN Physicians Inc. to live a life free from drug abuse."
Darby's Answer #2
"While I do not have personal or family experience dealing with addiction, I worked with clients who have fought different addictions. It is very troubling to see how many people and families struggle with addiction issues."
7.
Many healthcare employees express that at one time or other they have experienced stress or anxiety related to work. Has there ever been a time when work-related stress interfered with your job performance?
Experiencing stress or anxiety is natural when caring for individuals, especially those who are very ill. The interviewer knows this. Don't be afraid to share an experience that may have been stressful, but be sure to follow-through with how you dealt with the situation.

Darby's Answer #1
"I would be dishonest to say I have never had a very stressful situation at work. When things seem overwhelming, I try to make sure that I am communicating well with my team members and supervisor. Often refocusing on the present goal or situation helps us, as a team, to relieve some of the stress."
Darby's Answer #2
"While there have been stressful situations at work from time to time, I have never had an experience that interfered with my job performance. If I feel overwhelmed or anxious , I try to take a moment or two to clear my mind and get back to the task at hand."
8.
One issue that many women have difficulty dealing with is unresolved grief. OB-GYN Physicians would like to offer opportunities for patients to have an outlet to discuss these issues. Do you have any experiencing working with bereavement care?
There are stages to grief. Typically, women are more likely than men to have issues with unresolved grief. This is important to recognized as the emotions of unresolved grief have been connected to other disorders such as anxiety, depression, and even suicide attempts. Any experience you may have helping patients deal with grief is important to share.

Darby's Answer #1
"I believe bereavement services are a great way to reach out to patients. I understand the frustration of unresolved grief all too well. My sister passed away unexpectedly when she was 35 yrs old and I struggled for quite some time trying to cope with the reality of what happened."
Darby's Answer #2
"I used to work in a hospice facility and we had a bereavement counselor who worked with patients and family members. She was a great person to work with. The staff were dependent upon here in difficult times, as well."
9.
Women's healthcare covers many different aspects of care. What is your favorite area to work in?
This question gives you an opportunity to share your preference of where to work as the interviewer gets to know you. If you are experienced in this area, share your favorite thing about women's health. If you are just beginning a career in women's health, share why you chose this specialty.

Darby's Answer #1
"I have always been fascinated with women's health. My favorite part of women's health is maternity care. While there are critical patients and difficult births, at times, the joy of working this specialty area is something I never get too accustomed to experiencing."
Darby's Answer #2
"Note in this answer option that it says 'This will be my first......' Showing confidence in an interview is a great way to have the interviewer remember you. This is important because, most of the time interviewers see more than one candidate before offering the open position to some

"This will be my first job working women's health exclusively, and I am so excited! I know there are many specialty areas in women's health and I look forward to seeing where my current knowledge and skills can be best utilized and built upon."
10.
At OB-GYN Physicians we value education and are supportive of employees who seek higher education or certifications in their specialty areas. Have you ever thought about continuing your education?
While wanting to continue your education is not a requirement for employment at OB-GYN Physicians Inc., interviewers often ask this question. Having a desire to continue your education in the healthcare tells the interviewer that you have long-term plans in the industry. Whether you plan on returning to school or not, share your thoughts on what you may choose if you ever change your mind.

Darby's Answer #1
"I initially completed my Associate's degree and planned to go back to school later. I want and need to work, but would love the opportunity to work toward my Bachelor's degree without having to sacrifice my job."
Darby's Answer #2
"I loved nursing school and completed my practical nursing degree. While I realize there are several opportunities for nurses with higher degrees, at this point in my life, I feel content with where I am professionally. It is nice to know that I could explore the option of continuing my education and continue working later on, if my goals change."
11.
A growing area of women's health is mental health wellness. One common condition is postpartum depression. Do you have any experience caring for patients with this diagnosis?
While mental health issues were not focused on as much in years past, today those issues are addressed by all areas of healthcare. With women's health, there are many factors to consider. Post-partum depression affects 1 in 7 women. If you have experience in this area, share it with the interviewer. If you don't, showing an interest in learning is a great way to attract the attention of the interviewer.

Darby's Answer #1
"I have personal experience with post-partum depression. I didn't realize it in the beginning, but after my second child was born, I began to develop the symptoms of PPD. Thankfully those who were closest to me recognized the symptoms and I went to my doctor for treatment. It is a very real, often overlooked condition. I'm glad to know that a facility like OB-GYN Physicians Inc. cares enough to focus on these issues."
Darby's Answer #2
"I worked in an OB/GYN clinic for a while and one of the most common complaints of patients who had new babies was the symptoms of post-partum depression. Honestly, if I had not worked in that clinic, I may not have realized how often patients experience this and how detrimental it can be if left untreated."
12.
Specializing in women's healthcare, OB-GYN Physicians takes care of many obstetric patients of all ages. Have you ever dealt with pediatric patients (16 or under) who were referred for obstetric care?
While obstetric care is a specialty in itself, caring for younger mothers presents even more risks because of reproductive systems may not be completely mature, lack of education, etc. Share any experience, if any, you have in this area.

Darby's Answer #1
"I do have experience working with obstetric patients of varying ages, including teenagers. The rate of young teen pregnancy is very alarming to me. Many of the young women I cared for did not have much of a support system after delivery. We always scheduled appointments for the mom and baby before being discharged from the hospital for a check-up and for education classes to assist the new moms as they transitioned into the role of caregiver."
Darby's Answer #2
"One of my first delivery cases was with a 15 yr. old mom. She did not have any family support and chose to give her baby up for adoption. It was, understandably, a very emotional case. I can't help but believe if she had been a little older or had some type of support system, she would have made a different decision."
13.
At OB-GYN Physicians we are proactive regarding education of our patients. Have you ever participated in patient education?
Education of patients is crucial in healthcare. When auditing charts, insurance companies look for documentation to show that a patient has been provided education regarding their illness. The idea is that the more educated a person is about what is causing his/her illness, the more likely he/she will be active in trying to prevent exacerbations of the disease process. Any experience you have education patients, especially women, will be valuable and should be shared with the interviewer.

Darby's Answer #1
"I agree that education is a vital part of caring for our patients. My previous employer required that we educate a patient on at least one topic (illness, medication, etc) during each encounter with that patient. Even things that seem simple to us as healthcare providers, I have come to realize are not simple or commonplace for most patients. I really enjoyed working OB/GYN and educating expectant mothers regarding the changes they would experience during their pregnancy."
Darby's Answer #2
"At one time I was torn between a career in healthcare or a career in education. After becoming a healthcare provider, I realized I got the best of both worlds. I get to care for people and educate them daily. I love what I do!"
14.
If you were the person responsible for hiring new employees, what qualities would you be looking for during the interview? Do you feel that you display those qualities yourself?
There is more than one reason for asking this question. First, the interviewer wants to know what qualities you think are important to perform this job. Second, and most importantly, your answer will tell the interviewer if you hold yourself to the same standard as you do others. If you want to see certain characteristics in your peers, you should be able to tell the interviewer with confidence that you possess those traits, as well. This question is one that interviewers often use to distinguish sincerity on the part of the candidate.

Darby's Answer #1
"I believe that honesty is important no matter what job title a person holds. I have found that being honest with people creates an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Those qualities, I feel, are essential when building rapport with patients and co-workers."
Darby's Answer #2
"Compassion is a quality I look for in everyone. I feel that those of us who choose a career in healthcare should especially put forth an effort to be compassionate. Also, being willing to be accountable for oneself, I believe, is an important quality."
15.
Everyone you meet has a different personality. What is something you would like for people to notice 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."
Darby's Answer #2
"I love meeting new people and getting to know them. I would like to think that people who meet me think that I am friendly and that I am the type of person they can be comfortable getting to know. Especially in the work place, I feel it is important to help people feel at ease when building a new relationship."
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  1. At OB-GYN Physicians, in an effort to attract diverse patients, we strive to employee individuals from different backgrounds . What are your thoughts on diversity in the workplace & do you have any experience working with people of different backgrounds/beliefs?
  2. Like most employers, OB-GYN Physicians likes to attract employees that want to build a long-term relationship with us. What changes, if any, do you anticipate in your personal or professional life within the next 2-3 years?
  3. At OB-GYN Physicians we often see patients with different types of mental health diagnoses. Are you familiar with post-partum psychosis?
  4. Will you share one of your most difficult cases and how you handled the stress of it?
  5. As much as possible, OB-GYN Physicians tries to accommodate employees by working to create flexible work schedules. Is there a schedule that fits best with your family/education responsibilities?
  6. Unfortunately, the drug crisis worldwide is no respecter of persons when it comes to the unborn. OB-GYN Physicians often cares for patients who are addicted to drugs, or are pregnant and addicted to drugs. Do you have any experience with addiction disorders?
  7. Many healthcare employees express that at one time or other they have experienced stress or anxiety related to work. Has there ever been a time when work-related stress interfered with your job performance?
  8. One issue that many women have difficulty dealing with is unresolved grief. OB-GYN Physicians would like to offer opportunities for patients to have an outlet to discuss these issues. Do you have any experiencing working with bereavement care?
  9. Women's healthcare covers many different aspects of care. What is your favorite area to work in?
  10. At OB-GYN Physicians we value education and are supportive of employees who seek higher education or certifications in their specialty areas. Have you ever thought about continuing your education?
  11. A growing area of women's health is mental health wellness. One common condition is postpartum depression. Do you have any experience caring for patients with this diagnosis?
  12. Specializing in women's healthcare, OB-GYN Physicians takes care of many obstetric patients of all ages. Have you ever dealt with pediatric patients (16 or under) who were referred for obstetric care?
  13. At OB-GYN Physicians we are proactive regarding education of our patients. Have you ever participated in patient education?
  14. If you were the person responsible for hiring new employees, what qualities would you be looking for during the interview? Do you feel that you display those qualities yourself?
  15. Everyone you meet has a different personality. What is something you would like for people to notice about your personality?
  16. OB-GYN Physicians understands that healthcare careers can be very demanding and we encourage employees to have balance between their work and personal lives. What do you do to help promote healthy work/life balance?
  17. OB-GYN Physicians offers planned parenthood counseling. One topic that people often have different opinions on is abortion. What are your thoughts on this option for unwanted/unplanned pregnancy?
  18. Statistics show that one out of every two people between the ages of 15-20 will be exposed to a sexually transmitted disease. What are your thoughts on educating school-aged children regarding safe sex practices?
  19. Infertility is a diagnosis that is difficult for families, especially the women that it affects, to cope with. Have you ever cared for a patient dealing with infertility?
  20. Holistic care involves caring for the whole patient: mind, body, and spirit. What are your thoughts regarding combining physical and spiritual care within a healthcare facility?
  21. At times, OB-GYN Physicians may have an expectant mother who is 15 yrs old or younger. Have you ever dealt with a maternity patient that is this young?
  22. Has there ever been a time that you considered changing career?
  23. While OB-GYN Physicians likes to give all candidates for employment an opportunity, salary is one thing that is often commensurate with experience. What are your thoughts regarding someone with same job title as you making a higher salary based on experience?
  24. OB-GYN Physicians offers a number of prenatal care and counseling. Some of the prenatal services offered include 3D and 4D sonograms. Have you ever performed sonograms?
  25. Often women's health providers have to deal with patient and family disagreements regarding what care should be sought. Can you think of a time you have dealt with this in the past?
  26. OB-GYN Physicians values strong relationships among our team members and with our patients. Do you consider yourself to have strong relationship building skills?
  27. Healthcare workers have a high incidence of what many call 'burn out.' Have you ever experienced a time that you felt like you needed to take a break from your job? If so, will you share what led up to the incident and how it was resolved?
  28. Do you know how to perform a breast self-exam and do you know how to teach others to do one?
  29. When dealing with different scenarios such as those often seen in Women's Health, some employees show a tendency to distance themselves from others. Why do you think this is so?
  30. Have you ever had a disagreement with a co-worker? If so, how was it resolved?
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