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At Company ABC 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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List of 30 Healthcare Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

    At Company ABC 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?

      How to Answer

      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?

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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."

      Community Answer

      "If I could increase public awareness on any healthcare related issue, I would choose the early detection of kidney disease or people being aware of signs, symptoms, and dangers of undiagnosed diabetes. Those topics are important to me because my high school best friend died of kidney failure at age 30. She was too young, and that could have been prevented if she had the knowledge."

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      Alexandra E.

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Alexandra E. Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great answer! This clearly displays your passion.

  • 2.

    At Company ABC 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?

      How to Answer

      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.

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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."

      Community Answer

      "I'd choose more knowledge in my field of nursing and get certified. It would make me more confident and help me better serve my patients."

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      Alexandra E.

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Alexandra E. Reviewed the Above Answer

      Good answer! If I were the interviewer I would probably follow up and ask why nephrology specifically (unless we had clearly touched on this in previous questions).

  • 3.

    At Company ABC we see a lot of candidate interest for positions such as this. Why are you the best candidate for us?

      How to Answer

      What makes you a stand-out candidate when there are so many other potential candidates for Company ABC to consider? Talk to the interviewer about the qualities that make you the best candidate for them.

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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."

      Community Answer

      "I am the best candidate for here because of my 13+ years of experience in pharmacy. I have also a genuine interest in health and wellbeing and advising customers which I have been doing for many years. I have done the ipu otc training. I am a people person, also I am passionate about my customers."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      You mention a lot of valuable qualities here which align closely with the needs of the role. Good work!

  • 4.

    There are many options for employment in the healthcare field. Why do you want to work for Company ABC?

      How to Answer

      What attracts you to this position with Company ABC? 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.

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  • 5.

    What type of career growth would you like to see with Company ABC? How can we help you to advance?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 6.

    In your opinion, what is the most important quality you can possess as a healthcare professional?

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      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?

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  • 7.

    Working in healthcare is a very demanding career path. What keeps you motivated on the hardest days?

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      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?

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  • 8.

    At Company ABC 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?

      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about your post-secondary education. Discuss your high points and the more challenging points.

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  • 9.

    What do you feel we do best here at Company ABC?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to feel confident that you are engaged in the interview process. Display that you have researched Company ABC before your interview and getting to know what they do best. Talk about your research and findings.

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  • 10.

    What do you know about the workplace culture at Company ABC? What is your ideal workplace environment?

      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about the research you have conducted when it comes to the workplace culture at Company ABC. Assure the interviewer that you would find their workplace culture a stable fit.

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  • 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?

      How to Answer

      Display to the interviewer that you are interested in the new advances in healthcare. Be prepared to defend your answer.

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  • 12.

    Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

      How to Answer

      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!

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  • 13.

    In the healthcare industry, problems arise frequently. When a major problem arises, what is your first reaction?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 14.

    When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?

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      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?

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  • 15.

    Do you consider yourself a patient person? How do you increase your patience level in challenging situations?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 16.

    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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  • 17.

    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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  • 18.

    What is your personal mission statement?

      How to Answer

      Not everyone has a mission statement or personal mantra just off the cuff. In business, especially when entering leadership, this is an important question to ponder. Do you have a quote that inspires you or a saying that you grew up with that resonates with you?

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  • 19.

    When are your leadership skills the most effective?

      How to Answer

      When you have a great relationship with the individuals you are leading, your leadership skills will be the most effective. Show the interviewer that you recognize a great relationship starts with clear communication, trust, and honesty. Tell the interviewer that you spend time genuinely getting to know your team.

      For instance, perhaps you like to understand what activities they have going on both inside and outside of work, their kids' names, or if they have any pets. Building a relationship with your team will ensure that you can frequently and genuinely ask them how they are doing. The more comfortable they are, the better chance they will come to you for help in the workplace when they need it.

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  • 20.

    Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

      How to Answer

      On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?



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  • 21.

    How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?

      How to Answer

      One of the toughest parts of communication can be delivering bad news to people that you work with and for whom you care. Whether it is providing a less than positive work review or terminating someone, giving bad news is not an easy task. Assure the interviewer that you can handle this type of duty in a transparent, concise, and professional manner.

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  • 22.

    If you were not able to be in the healthcare profession, what other careers do you see yourself doing?

      How to Answer

      Show the interviewer that you know your strengths and talk about a profession that seems exciting and interesting to you. It's great to talk about a dream job but be sure to solidify your interest in the role and career path for which you are interviewing.

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  • 23.

    Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you genuinely feel that honesty is the best policy. Many will argue that honesty is not always the best policy. What is your take? Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on morality in the workplace.

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  • 24.

    How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?

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      When you feel torn between multiple projects or tasks, how do you decide which one needs your attention the most? Assure the interviewer that you can be diligent when it comes to assessing your priorities.

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  • 25.

    How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?

      How to Answer

      It is always best to support your reply with a real-life example. Talk to the interviewer about your level of attentiveness when it comes to details on the job.

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  • 26.

    What are your salary expectations?

      How to Answer

      The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

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  • 27.

    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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  • 28.

    What do you think might be the greatest challenges faced in this job? How will you overcome these challenges?

      How to Answer

      Even though it may seem like a dream job, the interviewer wants to know that you have realistic expectations of the role and that you will not be blindsided if problems or challenges present themselves. Keep your answer simple. It is okay to ask for clarification on the position if you do not fully understand what challenges are in store for you.

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  • 29.

    Who has inspired you in your life and why?

      How to Answer

      Your life's inspiration can come from a book, a mentor, your family, a celebrity, author - literally anyone! Talk to the interviewer about who has inspired your life and why.

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  • 30.

    How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know more about the types of tools you use to stay on task and meet deadlines. Discuss how you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once. Think about the ways you manage your projects and daily tasks.

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