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How do keep your own personal judgments and biases out of your interactions with others on the job?

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Working in a clinic or hospital setting brings you in contact with people from all walks of life and you must be able to work effectively with any person, no matter their creed, color, sexual orientation or age. Talk to you interviewer about how you value diversity from a personal standpoint and talk about experiences you have working with diverse patients, customers and/or coworkers. How have these interactions influenced you to be a better person and caregiver?

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31 Swedish Medical Center Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. How do keep your own personal judgments and biases out of your interactions with others on the job?

      How to Answer

      Working in a clinic or hospital setting brings you in contact with people from all walks of life and you must be able to work effectively with any person, no matter their creed, color, sexual orientation or age. Talk to you interviewer about how you value diversity from a personal standpoint and talk about experiences you have working with diverse patients, customers and/or coworkers. How have these interactions influenced you to be a better person and caregiver?

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      1st Answer Example

      "Growing up in a diverse area like Denver, I've grown to appreciate people from all walks of life and don't hold any personal biases toward any person. As I've grown in my healthcare career, every patient and their story helps me grow into a better person both personally and professionally."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "When I interact with any patient, my focus is to see the world through their eyes so I can truly get a sense for what they are feeling at that given moment. Doing so has made me so much more effective in my job of helping treat them. When I do this, any judgments I may have had about their appearance or attitude get thrown out the window. Over my career, these one on one patient interactions have helped me grow and bring more experience and knowledge to the next patient."

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  • 2. Swedish Medical Center prides itself on treating others as if they were our own family. Talk about a particular patient or customer that you treated like family and how did it help their situation?

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      Compassionate and empathetic care for patients comes second nature to most healthcare workers. You entered the field because of our desire to help people when they are most vulnerable and this is your chance to showcase this for your interviewer. Swedish Medical Center values the need to treat patients like family. Talk about a particular patient that you went above and beyond with to treat like a member of your own family and talk about how your actions played a part in a great outcome for them.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Early in my nursing career, I was working in a nursing home in a rural location and I was caring for an elderly man that had no immediate family in the area. Over time, I noticed a depression in him like no other I had seen before as he saw fellow residents getting visits from family and friends. Knowing he was very lonely, I spent any downtime I could with him just talking, playing board games and talking about life. Right away, I could see a turnaround in his mood and I definitely benefited from the life lessons that he taught me."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "Having spent a few years working in an ICU, I've worked with many families of patients that have traveled a long distance to come be with loved ones during a time of need. Last year, a gentleman's son and daughter in flew in from the east coast to be with their dad following a bad auto accident. Knowing that they had traveled, I immediately met with them to update them on their father's health status and prognosis moving forward. Knowing they were looking for a place to stay while in town, I let them know that I could assist them in finding a hotel for their stay and use the hospitals discounted rate for them. On top of that, seeing they flew late in the evening, I offered to run and grab them food for the evening which they graciously accepted. Following their fathers discharge, the son and his wife were extremely thankful and wrote a wonderful thank you letter to our unit director."

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  • 3. Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?

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      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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      "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. I have always done my part to maintain open and honest communication with my supervisor and I know t"

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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. If I have a disagreement, I talk about it with my leader directly and we have an open conversation regarding thoughts and impacts of decisions."

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  • 4. Why do you think you will be successful in this role with Swedish Medical Center?

      How to Answer

      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 Swedish Medical Center. 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.

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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. Give an example of a time that you involved a patient and their family in the decision making process for their care. What approach did you take and why was including them important?

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      Swedish Medical Center values the notion of including the patients and their family in the decision making for their care. Talk to your interviewer about the importance a patient and their family can play in the decision making for their care. Talk about a time you did this and explain why the inclusion of the patient and the family made for a great outcome for the patient.

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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. Talk about a time that you had to give constructive feedback to a colleague. What approach did you take and was it successful?

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      Providing and receiving constructive feedback are important things to master to become a better employee and person, no matter the career choice. Your interviewer will be looking to hear that you are confident in your abilities and leadership to help guide others in a constructive way. It also doesn't hurt to throw in that you are receptive to feedback as well. Give a specific example of a time you gave feedback to a fellow colleague. Speak to how important the approach you took was helpful to the situation and talk about the positive outcome that happened from your feedback.

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

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      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. 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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      Show the interviewer that you work well with most personalities even though you recognize there are some folks out there who are quite difficult to please. Think about that one person at work who is seen as hard to please. Perhaps there is someone at work who tries to intimidate others. Talk to the interviewer about what made this person challenging and what their relationship was with you. Avoid speaking poorly of anyone and be sure to end your response on a positive note.

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  • 11. If Swedish Medical Center 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. Talk about a time you had to utilize teamwork to help care for a patient. What role did you play on the team and how did the overall teamwork affect the outcome for the patient?

      How to Answer

      A lot of times in healthcare, a complex patients requires a team of many people to pull together to ensure a positive outcome for the patient. Talk about a specific example of a time you had to work with a team to provide care for a patient. Your interviewer will be looking to hear the part you played on the team and your willingness to provide your expertise to a larger team effort.

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  • 13. Why is it important to use the AIDET approach with patients? Have you seen first-hand how it can be effective?

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      Using open and honest communication falls under the key value of accountability at Swedish Medical Center. If you are not familiar with the AIDET process in patient communication, be sure to familiarize yourself with it prior to the interview and understand why it is important. AIDET is an acronym that stands for: Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explanation, Thank you and is used to describe the ideal patient interaction. People receiving care in a medical facility are usually feeling stressed, worry and potentially sadness and the AIDET approach helps put patients more at east with the expectations around their visit.

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  • 14. How do you stay informed about the organization you work for as a whole and why is this important?

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      Oftentimes, when working for a large healthcare organization, it is easy to get pigeonholed into your department and not realize the global changes that are happening around your organization. But more often than not, small changes in one part of an organization can have a direct effect on other departments and people without them realizing it if they aren't informed. Swedish Medical Center holds employees accountable for staying in tune to the happenings around the organization. Tell your interviewer how you genuinely care about staying informed about your employer and how you do this.

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  • 15. Swedish Medical Center supports a healthy work/life balance for all employees. How do you balance life and work?

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      It is essential to keep a healthy work/life balance to prevent burnout. Talk to the interviewer about how you can maintain that appropriate balance for yourself. If you have
      personal hobbies that keep you feeling fit and refreshed, talk about those things. If you have hobbies that peak your mental wellness or toughness, talk about those as well.

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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?

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      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. Talk about ways that you ensure that you are using company resources in a wise manner. Why is being a good steward of resources important?

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      Any job in the healthcare industry puts employees in front of many, and some often expensive, resources. Computers, medical equipment, medication and many other things comprise the resources that are necessary to provide great patient care and be successful on the job. Using resources in an efficient manner is of utmost importance to Swedish Medical Center to ensure that costs are held in check. The slightest waste can lead to much higher costs. For this question, talk about things you do on the job to ensure that you are using resources wisely and efficiently. As well, talk about why this is important to the organization.

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  • 19. What steps would you take to ensure that you present a clean and professional image to our patients and visitors?

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      In the healthcare industry, image is everything to patients, visitors and customers. Because of this, Swedish Medical Center fully expects their staff to present a professional image at all times. Your interviewer will be looking to hear that you take great pride in personal hygiene and wearing appropriate professional attire to the job each and every time you report for duty. Talk about why presenting a professional image is important to those that you work with on a daily basis.

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  • 20. Swedish Medical Center 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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      Problem-solving and dispute resolution are critical skills to possess. Display to the interviewer that you are capable of problem-solving within the workplace. Talk about a time when you were creative, proactive, and displayed the leadership qualities required to resolve a workplace issue.

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  • 21. At Swedish Medical Center 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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      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 Swedish Medical Center fit into your longer-term plans? Be open and honest, but also ensure that your ambitions meet the goals of the organization.

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  • 22. Have you ever been involved in ordering medical supplies, maintaining inventory, or other types of health care related administrative duties?

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      The interviewer would like to know if you understand what it takes to keep on top of ordering medical supplies and inventory. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of foreseeing needs, and making the appropriate action. Highlight your ability to be responsible when it comes to related administrative tasks.

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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?

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

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      The interviewer would like to dig deeper into your true areas of interest when it comes to healthcare services. They want to know that your passions align well with what Swedish Medical Center 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 Swedish Medical Center would be offering you.

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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?

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      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. If you saw a colleague playing games or texting on their phone during a shift, how would you handle that situation?

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      Swedish Medical Center holds integrity high as one if its values and this situation, becoming more and more common over time, puts the organization at risk by both giving a poor image to patients and visitors and reducing productivity. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to see how you react when a fellow colleague is doing something that is against organizational policy. In your answer, express that you would be direct while also maintaining professionalism in your approach with the employee. If the need to escalate the concern to a higher level was necessary, explain how you would handle that as well.

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  • 27. What is your patient care philosophy?

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

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

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  • 29. How do you go about promoting safety in your work environment for patients, guests and fellow colleagues?

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      Patient safety in the healthcare field is highly regulated and Swedish Medical Center takes the safety of patients, visitors and employees very seriously. Depending on the environment that you work in, safety can mean many different things depending on the potential hazards that could be present. Talk to your interview about safety precautions you take like infection control, eliminating fall risks or any other patient focused safety issues. Speak about any safety training you've had and how it impacted your work. Your interviewer will be looking to get the sense that you take safety seriously in your work.

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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?

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      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 that 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, open, unreserved or warm-hearted.

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  • 31. At Swedish Medical Center 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?

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      Assure the interviewer that you are dedicated 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 Swedish Medical Center as long as possible.

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