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31 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brunner

Published January 18th, 2019 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries.
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Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has a diverse workforce. When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?
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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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1.
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has a diverse workforce. When have you worked amongst 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.

Ryan'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."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I am so glad you pointed out your need for diversity at Winnipeg Regional Health Authority 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."
2.
As part of our strategic plan at Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, we place an emphasis on improving patient wait times and overall patient access. Why is this important to you in your job?
From the perspective of the patient, receiving speedy care is of utmost importance and WRHA realizes this and puts an emphasis on taking all measures possible to improve in these areas. No matter the job that you work in, you can play a part in patient wait times or access down the road and your interviewer will be looking to hear that you understand this. For your answer, be sure to talk about why you think focusing on these measures is important and also talk about any efforts that you put forth to help improve one or both of these areas.

Ryan's Answer #1
"In the lab setting, I am working with both direct patients in our lab and other tissue samples that come in from patients on our inpatient units. All orders are important, so we take a measured approach to prioritizing orders when we are busy. To help work through orders during busy times, I need to be efficient and accurate and this takes some extra focus in my work. We as a team also offer help to those in need to help make our way through our workload and I love when a true team effort helps us be more efficient."
Ryan's Answer #2
"In the OR, we balance a lot of things regarding access for patients that awaiting simple outpatient procedures vs. emergent trauma surgeries that come up on a daily basis. Last year, my department ran a detailed analysis and made some changes that enabled us to schedule more procedures each day. For me as a Surgical Tech, this required me to be much more efficient and timely in my work. To do this, my downtime needs to be spent on wise things like restocking supplies and cleaning the OR suites rather than catching up on email during the work day. I now have to save the administrative side for early mornings or late evenings after my cases are done for the day."
3.
Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?
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.

Ryan's Answer #1
"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."
Ryan's Answer #2
"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."
4.
Why do you think you will be successful in this role with Winnipeg Regional Health Authority?
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 Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. 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.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I know I will be successful in this role because I have been working in this industry for five years with great training and mentorship. I have a solid understanding of X, Y, and Z (skills listed in the job description). Also, I have all of my updated certifications as outlined in your job description. I am well-prepared for this next step in my career."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I believe my success with Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Inc. will come from having all of the hard skills that you are looking for, whether learned in school or gained through work experience. I know all the key players in this region and stay informed of best practices."
5.
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!

Ryan's Answer #1
"I believe I could improve on some technical skills including Excel and Word. Currently I am at a beginner to intermediate level; however, I would be more comfortable at an advanced level. I have enrolled myself in an evening/weekend workshop for the next six weeks. We will see how stellar my skills are after that course!"
Ryan's Answer #2
"I know this will come off as cliche, but it's truthful. My weakness is in not delegating. I know what I want to be done 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."
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