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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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At Tenet Healthcare we seek to hire healthcare professionals who have passion for our industry. If you could increase public awareness on any healthcare related issue, which would you choose?
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Talk to the interviewer about the areas of healthcare that bring passion to you. Is there a particular issue that you would carry more public awareness to if you could?
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1.
At Tenet Healthcare we seek to hire healthcare professionals who have passion for our industry. If you could increase public awareness on any healthcare related issue, which would you choose?
Talk to the interviewer about the areas of healthcare that bring passion to you. Is there a particular issue that you would carry more public awareness to if you could?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"There are so many healthcare issues that I am passionate about, but if I could choose one, I wish that the general public were more aware of the signs and dangers of undiagnosed childhood diabetes."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"This is a very tough question as there are so many underfunded, and worthy, healthcare issues. I am going to go with one of my biggest areas of interest and research. If I could increase public awareness on any healthcare related issue, I would choose pancreatic cancer. Yes, cancer does receive a lot of awareness; however, pancreatic cancer does not. This year, over 53,000 people in the USA will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer nearly 80% will die from the disease - both men and women."
Anonymous Answer
"As a nurse, I see a lot of complications due to poorly controlled diabetes mellitus. I think now that insulin costs are more prohibitive than ever we are going to see even more issues associated with this."
Kristine's Answer
Great start! The interviewer is looking for your passion and motivation for being in the industry as well as where you would like to see an increase in public awareness. You provide a specific healthcare related issue you have first-hand experience treating and suggest a reason for why cases will rise. However, your interviewer may not feel you have fully answered the question, so now you need to convey your passion for people and healthcare and where you want to increase public awareness. You can accomplish this by using similar language as the interviewer.
"My passion for helping people live in good health motivated me to become a nurse. People face a variety of health challenges, but something I see a lot of is complications due to poorly controlled diabetes mellitus. With insulin costs more prohibitive than ever, I think we are going to see even more patients facing these issues and needlessly suffering. I would like to increase public awareness of the importance of having affordable insulin available."
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2.
At Tenet Healthcare we seek to hire individuals dedicated to their professional development. If you could improve your knowledge on any healthcare related topic, which would you choose?
Being dedicated to your professional development and knowledge is a huge bonus for most employers. Talk to the interviewer about the area of healthcare that you would expand your knowledge if given the opportunity.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I feel that I can always learn more about compassionate care and the techniques surrounding long-term compassionate care. I like the idea of professional development and am open to any coursework you suggest."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"There is always more to learn in a variety of areas; however, I would especially enjoy furthering my education and training in pediatric care. I find children to be most interesting to work with."
3.
At Tenet Healthcare we see a lot of candidate interest for positions such as this. Why are you the best candidate for us?
What makes you a stand-out candidate when there are so many other potential candidates for Tenet Healthcare to consider? Talk to the interviewer about the qualities that make you the best candidate for them.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"There are a lot of talented people in the healthcare pool but what makes me stand out is my willingness to take feedback. I am a humble employee. Also, I am a dedicated worker. I have had just one sick day in 5 years."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I believe that I am the best candidate for you because of my double degree in both Healthcare Management, and Health Services Administration. In addition to these studies, I am also bilingual in both English and Spanish. This skill will enable me to communicate very clearly with your predominantly Spanish community."
4.
There are many options for employment in the healthcare field. Why do you want to work for Tenet Healthcare?
What attracts you to this position with Tenet Healthcare? Talk to the interviewer about your primary reasons for being drawn to this role. Solidify your answer by clearly stating your interest in landing the role.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I want to work for Tenet Healthcare because your industry reputation is second to none. I am seeking a long-term career opportunity in an emotionally and physically healthy environment. I would love to work here."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"There are multiple reasons why I want to work for your organization. First, you are best in the industry for my particular specialty (insert specialty). Second, your workplace culture is collaborative and positive. Third, I feel that your community would offer me the growth that I crave in my career, and the opportunity to advance from within."
5.
What type of career growth would you like to see with Tenet Healthcare? How can we help you to advance?
Talk to the interviewer about the ways that you would like to grow in your career over the next few years. The company wants assurance that you see this as a long-term fit and they want to know how to help you grow.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would like to grow into a leadership role in the next 3-4 years. Any additional training in leadership, mentorship, and management would be a great way to help me advance in your organization."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Thank you for asking! I would love to advance into medical billing and coding once I have enough experience in general health services administration. I foresee this happening in the next 2-3 years and am committing to this path by attending evening classes and a few related workshops."
6.
In your opinion, what is the most important quality you can possess as a healthcare professional?
Think about the qualities you admire in other healthcare professionals. Talk to the interviewer about the qualities that you feel a healthcare provider should possess. Do you have these qualities?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I feel that the most important qualities that a healthcare professional can possess are endless compassion, dedication, and a thirst for knowledge. I do possess these qualities and am excited to think about my potential growth with Tenet Healthcare by applying these qualities."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some additional qualities that healthcare professionals should possess:

- Clear communicator
- Avid listener
- Easy to understand
- Ready to put patient needs first (selfless)
- Desire to help
- Integrity in all they do
- Professionalism
- Detail oriented
- Able to self-manage
- Healthy coping skills
- Empathetic
- Motivated
- Ethical"
7.
Working in healthcare is a very demanding career path. What keeps you motivated on the hardest days?
When you are having an especially stressful day, what keeps you motivated to continue? How can the interviewer be assured that you will always bring your 'A' game no matter what challenges you face?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I can stay motivated, even on the tough days, because I know that my career focuses on helping people. I love to assist others and to know that I make a difference is all that I need."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My motivation comes primarily from within me. I am skilled when it comes to pushing myself, and I remind myself on a regular basis that I am here to help others. I have a true servant-hood mentality, which drives me. In addition to this factor, I find external motivation from working with positive people who can teach me along the way. New knowledge and a fresh approach are fantastic motivators."
8.
At Tenet Healthcare we seek to hire individuals who value education. Walk me through your related post-secondary education. Where did you struggle the most? Which courses were your favorite?
Talk to the interviewer about your post-secondary education. Discuss your high points and the more challenging points.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Felician College in 2009. While attending University, I feel that my most challenging course was Statistics for Life Sciences. I completed this course with a B grade. My best course was in Mental Health Studies. I found it to be fascinating and graduated top of my class in that course."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I recently graduated with my degree in Clinical Medical Assisting. There were many challenges along the way; however, I would say that my overall experience was incredibly positive. If I had to choose my biggest struggle, I would say that Anatomy and Physiology were the most in-depth. With that said, I did receive very high grades in those courses. My favorite subject of study, overall, was Pharmacology."
9.
What do you feel we do best here at Tenet Healthcare?
The interviewer would like to feel confident that you are engaged in the interview process. Display that you have researched Tenet Healthcare before your interview and getting to know what they do best. Talk about your research and findings.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have researched Tenet Healthcare quite extensively and through my research, I feel that your specialty is XYZ. This area is where your patient feedback is mostly positive, which was great to read!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"As your website and advertisements say, you are the best in the area for patient compassion. I could not agree more that compassion is the number one area we should be great when it comes to the healthcare industry."
10.
What do you know about the workplace culture at Tenet Healthcare? What is your ideal workplace environment?
Talk to the interviewer about the research you have conducted when it comes to the workplace culture at Tenet Healthcare. Assure the interviewer that you would find their workplace culture a stable fit.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have researched the workplace culture at Tenet Healthcare and feel that your environment is a perfect fit for what I am seeking. You encourage continued education of your employees and foster a collaborative environment."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My ideal workplace environment will include leaders who are encouraging and comfortable giving constructive feedback. I also prefer to work in an environment where growth and continued education is encouraged. I have heard great things about working for Tenet Healthcare, and from what I understand, you offer exactly this type of environment."
11.
In your opinion, what has been the greatest advancement in healthcare this year? How do you stay up to date on new trends and breakthroughs in the healthcare industry?
Display to the interviewer that you are interested in the new advances in healthcare. Be prepared to defend your answer.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I follow a few medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet. I read a fascinating article a short time ago discussing the advancements in artificial retinae and other solutions for the blind. It's incredible to me how far these solutions have come."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I believe that Patient-Centric R&D and Direct to Patient Clinical Research is the next big thing for the healthcare industry. I stay up to date on new trends through a variety of Google alerts, and some popular medical journals such as JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association). I love to learn new trends and tips, so if you'd like to share with me your favorites, I would love to hear about those!"
12.
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
Talking about your most significant accomplishment will give the interviewer a definite idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This success showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and receive recognition for my dedication."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have many accomplishments that make me proud. Overall, I would say that my greatest work accomplishment is the positive reputation that I have in the healthcare industry. I take great pride in my work and am happy that this comes through in the results of my day to day work."
13.
In the healthcare industry, problems arise frequently. When a major problem arises, what is your first reaction?
The interviewer wants to know if your reactions to problems reflect maturity and professionalism. How you react will significantly determine how you fit with their existing team.

Perhaps your computer crashes, and you realize you may have just lost all of your hard work. Or maybe you are limited on time and have a deadline rapidly approaching. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you take a very methodical approach to problem-solving, rather than reacting impulsively when a problem occurs.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When a major problem arises, my first instinct is to take a step back and absorb what just happened. I then go into "
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have taught myself to become much calmer with my first reactions when problems arise. Now, I will step back and review my options for solving the problem rather than allow myself to become frustrated."
14.
When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
Have you ever had to take on a task or a role that you felt was over your experience level? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have dealt with this type of situation. What was the outcome, and what did you learn?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When my manager went on unexpected medical leave for three months last year I was asked to step into her position in the interim. I knew the basics but was certainly not trained on the specifics of the role. I was able to take it on successfully by leaning on my team, reading a lot of company manuals, and asking many questions. Once my manager returned she was very pleased with the progress that I made, and I received a promotion."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"At times, I will be asked to perform tasks in our computer system that I am not completely familiar with. When this happens, I will not ask for help right away. Rather, I will search for the answer either in our manuals or online. I am comfortable taking on new tasks and enjoy learning new skills."
15.
Do you consider yourself a patient person? How do you increase your patience level in challenging situations?
The interviewer would like to know if you consider yourself a patient individual. Impatience can cause a lot of stress and anxiety in coworkers, so it is essential that you can showcase your ability to remain patient and professional in workplace situations.

Patience is indeed a virtue but can be challenging to maintain when it seems that situations continue to push your buttons. Show the interviewer that you possess the ability to keep your cool in challenging conditions.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I do consider myself a patient person. I would rate myself an eight /10 for patience because I certainly have room to grow, but I do have a very long fuse. If I need a boost of patience in a challenging situation, I will take a step away, count to 10 and then return to the situation. I recently read a book, 'The Power of Patience' by M.J. Ryan which also gave me some excellent new methods for coping with stress."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I was once working with a group that could not quite get along, and it tested my patience a bit because it prevented us from staying on track and focusing on the goals. I went above and beyond in helping the group get along by scheduling lunches as a team and helping to mediate situations that needed it."
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