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UC Health Interview Questions

To help you prepare for an UC Health job interview, here are 31 interview questions and answer examples.

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UC Health has a diverse workforce. When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?

How to Answer

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.

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31 UC Health Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. UC Health has a diverse workforce. When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?

      How to Answer

      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.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on January 25th, 2019

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on January 25th, 2019

      2nd Answer Example

      "I am so glad you pointed out your need for diversity at UC Health. 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."

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  • 2. UC Health 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?

      How to Answer

      Are you willing to earn your way up if the interviewer does not want to offer you top compensation? Discuss with the interviewer what you would expect for compensation if offered this position.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I would be happy to earn my way to the top compensation level if required. I do assure you that, despite my being shy of experience by a couple of years, I am a top performer and you would not be disappointed in my performance."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I understand I do not quite meet the qualifications of experience you are looking for and am willing to be compensated in adjustment to that fact. However, I do look forward to proving my worth to UC Health in hopes to be considered for the median salary for the role."

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

      How to Answer

      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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      1st Answer Example

      "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."

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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."

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  • 4. Why do you think you will be successful in this role with UC Health?

      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 UC Health. 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?

      How to Answer

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

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      The interviewer wants to know how you would rate your problem-solving skills. Of course, you want to give yourself a strong rating; however, it's essential that you remain realistic. Everyone has room to learn and improve! Be sure to justify your score as well.

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  • 7. UC Health is a strong believer in innovation in the healthcare industry and we put a lot of resources into innovation. Why is this important to you?

      How to Answer

      UC Health is continuously pursuing innovation in the healthcare field through education and research. They have even gone as far as creating the CARE Innovation Center that offers resources and services to healthcare startups looking to revolutionize the industry. For you personally, talk about why innovation is important in healthcare. Don't hesitate to talk about any personal experiences that you have where you have seen new products or procedures change patient care.

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  • 8. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

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      Are you pretty flexible in your ability to work in most environments? Have you experienced a position where the atmosphere wasn't conducive to your productivity? Be sure to know the type of situation offered in this position prior, to the interview. If you aren't completely clear on the workplace environment or culture, kindly ask the interviewer to expand on the work environment for you.

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

      How to Answer

      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. What distinguishes UC Health as a great employer to work for in your mind?

      How to Answer

      For this question, your interviewer will be looking to see that you've done your homework on the organization beyond the position and department you will be interviewing for and they'll be looking to hear that you will be a long-term fit for the position based on your answer to this question. UC Health distinguishes themselves in the Colorado area by being a leaders in innovation, education, research and providing a great work environment and benefits to their employees. Talk about the things that really pull at your heart strings and would make the organization a great fit for you personally.

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  • 11. If UC Health hired you today, what would you accomplish first?

      How to Answer

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

      How to Answer

      There are many facets of health care. If you could choose any area of healthcare to specialize in, which would you choose? Be sure to tie your answer into some aspects of what UC Health does.

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

      How to Answer

      Stress can often be a regular part of the day to day work experience. Talk to the interviewer about which areas of your career are the most stressful. Ensure that your answer does not include a factor that would make you appear unfit for the position. (IE: a bus driver should not find driving to be the most stressful part of the job).

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  • 14. Tell me about yourself.

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 15. UC Health supports a healthy work/life balance for all employees. How do you balance life and work?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 16. At UC Health, we measure success based on patient outcomes and satisfaction. Why is this important to you in your job?

      How to Answer

      The great debate in healthcare is how an organization can truly measure success. In the private, for-profit world of healthcare, results are most often measured in bottom line profits. On the opposite end of that spectrum in the not-for-profit healthcare world, results are gauged on patient outcomes and patient satisfaction. UC Health is a non-profit organization and they prioritize the overall satisfaction of patients and great outcomes and your interviewer will be looking for you to buy-in to this philosophy while also seeing the importance of saving money to impact the bottom line. Elaborate on why you feel that patient centered results are important in your job.

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

      How to Answer

      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. Can you talk about a time you witnessed a colleague bending or breaking the rules or policies in the workplace? What did you do in that situation?

      How to Answer

      This question dives into UC Health's core value of integrity, or the ability to show strong morals or honesty. We have all been in this situation where a coworker isn't following procedures, protocols or policies and what you do in those situations tells a lot about your moral compass and the integrity that you show in situations. For you example, talk about what happened and what your course of action was. In most cases, a discussion with the rule bending colleague is warranted and if you took this path, explain your approach with your colleagues. If the colleague was malicious or safety was compromised, talk about how you had to take further measures in the situation.

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

      How to Answer

      Being flexible, and able to handle change is a skill that all employers desire to see. Discuss with the interviewer your ability to approach a problem using new methods. Give a recent example but make sure to spend more time highlighting the resolution rather than the problem.

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

      How to Answer

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

      How to Answer

      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 UC Health fit into your longer-term plans?

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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?

      How to Answer

      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. Here at UC Health, one of our core values is prioritizing the needs of the patient first. Talk about a specific time you put the needs of a patient first when you had a full plate of other tasks to complete.

      How to Answer

      At UC Health, the needs of the patient are the top priority at any moment and for this question your interviewer will be looking to hear that you have the same priority by having you give an example of a time you demonstrated this. Think about a particular time you had a full work load and you had a patient need come up that required your immediate attention. Talk about the course of action you took, both with the patient and your other duties. Stress your ability to prioritize and come back to other tasks that may have been pushed aside for the moment to care for a patient.

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

      How to Answer

      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 UC Health 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 UC Health 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?

      How to Answer

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 27. What is your patient care philosophy?

      How to Answer

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

      How to Answer

      Assure the interviewer that you would treat everyone at UC Health 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. At UC Health, part of our mission is to improve lives through personal human connections. Talk about a time you made a personal connection with a patient or colleague that led to positive results. How did you go about building that connection?

      How to Answer

      Part of UC Health's missions statement is to improve lives through human connection. Healthcare is a human connection business and your interviewer will be looking to hear how you build connections with those you work with in your job to help make a positive difference in someone's life. Think about a time you made a personal connection with a patient or a colleague that helped lead to a great result or outcome. Elaborate on your process of building the connection and explain why this was important to the end result.

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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?

      How to Answer

      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
      - Warm Hearted

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  • 31. At UC Health 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?

      How to Answer

      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 UC Health as long as possible.

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