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26 Questions and Answers by Darby Faubion

Updated November 27th, 2018 | Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice.
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Do you feel you are capable of being a good team player?
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Unless you work in a job where you have no human contact or interaction, being able to work well within a team is a crucial skill. Describe what makes you feel like you are a good team player to the interviewer.
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Do you feel you are capable of being a good team player?
Unless you work in a job where you have no human contact or interaction, being able to work well within a team is a crucial skill. Describe what makes you feel like you are a good team player to the interviewer.

Darby's Answer #1
"Yes, I do feel like I am capable of being a good team player. I enjoy working with others and want to always do my part to make the teamwork work."
Darby's Answer #2
"I definitely feel like I am capable of being a good team player. I am easy to get along with and am eager to learn from those with more experience."
2.
Tell me about a time you were trusted with confidential information.
Working as an activities aide, you are trusted with sensitive information each day. Don't fall into this trap and answer this question with a story containing confidential information, people will view your answer negatively and view you as not being trustworthy. If you choose to tell about a situation be sure to be vague and not use names or too many details.

Darby's Answer #1
"I'm trusted with confidential information every day. I make a point to leave my work at work and not discuss patients outside of the facili. By not discussing confidential information about the patients I'm ensuring that I'm not breaking any rules and giving information to those that are not on a need to know basis."
Darby's Answer #2
"I am expected to keep all information confidential every day, so there is not just one instance that I can refer to. I believe in practicing within legal and ethical bounds and keeping patient's confidence is one way I do that."
3.
Being an activities requires a great deal of attention to detail and often multi-tasking. What do you do to help keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed?
Planning activities for large groups of patients/residents requires the ability to multitask and ensure all details are checked and double-checked. In an activities aide interview, discuss your understanding of the importance of maintaining an accurate calendar of events and share ways that you encourage patients to be involved with planned activities.

Darby's Answer #1
"I am very detail-oriented. One of my strengths as an activities aide is to manage multiple tasks with professionalism and good follow-through."
Darby's Answer #2
"I have learned to recognize the things that may cause me to feel overwhelmed and try to address them before a situation gets out of hand. For example, I always like to check my calendar at the end of my shift and then again the next day before a new shift begins. This helps me to stay on task and prepare for events in a timely manner without leaving me feeling overwhelmed later on."
4.
If you were the person responsible for hiring new employees, what qualities would you look for in a candidate? Do you think you possess those qualities?
There is more than one reason for asking this question. First, the interviewer wants to know what qualities you think are important to perform this job. Second, and most importantly, your answer will tell the interviewer if you hold yourself to the same standard as you do others. If you want to see certain characteristics in your peers, you should be able to tell the interviewer with confidence that you possess those traits, as well. This question is one that interviewers often use to distinguish sincerity on the part of the candidate.

Darby's Answer #1
"I believe that honesty is important no matter what job title a person holds. I have found that being honest with people creates an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Those qualities, I feel, are essential when building rapport with patients and co-workers."
Darby's Answer #2
"If I were hiring someone, I would look for someone who is passionate about the job and about patient care. I also feel that being approachable and willing to learn is very important."
5.
Have you ever considered going back to school to get certified as an Activity Director?
Interviewers often ask this question. An answer of 'yes' is not as disqualifier, as many people may think. An interest in pursuing a higher education, especially within the same field, tells the interviewer that you are committed to your job. However, being happy with your education level is just as important.

Darby's Answer #1
"At one time, I considered becoming a dental hygienist. However, when I began working as an activities aide, I knew this is what I wanted to do from now on. I enjoy being able to spend my days working with people and interacting with them. Many of those we care for do not have family or friends who visit with them. My job allows me to fill a void in their lives and I love it."
Darby's Answer #2
"I really haven't thought about going back to school. I enjoy being an activities aide and having the opportunity to be involved with people and be an active part of their lives. One day, if the opportunity presents itself, I may consider it, but for now I am happy with where I am."

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Have you ever had a disagreement with a coworker? If so, how was it resolved?
Any time you work with someone else, there is a chance of having a disagreement about something at one time or another. The interviewer knows this. It's human nature for people to have their own opinions. What is important to the interviewer in this question is whether or not you are willing to compromise and work through difficult situations with your co-workers. Being unwilling to compromise or find alternative solutions to a dispute can affect everyone on the team, even if it is indirectly. Sharing a personal experience is OK, but do not embellish it to 'be the hero.'

Darby's Answer #1
"I believe if we think about it, each of us could remember at least one disagreement with a friend or coworker. Although I consider myself to be pretty easy-going, I am also very passionate about my patients and the care that they receive. I have been aware of disagreements between other co-workers, but really like to think of myself as more of a peacekeeper. I feel like professional people should be able to discuss things logically and come to an agreement that is satisfactory for everyone involved."
Darby's Answer #2
"I am usually a very soft-spoken person and strive to be the 'peacekeeper.' I can't recall any specific incident of a disagreement. I would like to think that if a disagreement arises I would be able to handle things in a professional manner and resolve the issue in a respectful manner."
7.
What made you choose a career as an Activities Aide?
Your choice of profession tells alot about you. Interviewers often ask what made you choose a specific profession. It's their way of getting to know you and seeing how passionate you come across regarding your choice.

Darby's Answer #1
"I love working with people. At one time I considered going to nursing school, but I just wasn't sure if that was the right choice for me. I visited some different healthcare facilities and realized how active the Activity Director and the aides who worked with her were in their patient's daily lives. I just felt like this would be a great fit for me."
Darby's Answer #2
"I actually worked as a nursing assistant for a while, but when the opportunity to work in an activity department became available, I applied. I loved the idea of getting to care for people by giving them something fun to look forward to each day."
8.
How do you respond to an emergency situation at work?
Depending on the situation, you will want to respond quickly and make yourself available to assist the doctor in any way you can. Be aware of the surroundings and also observe the patient. Your best response will be one where you are sensitive to the situation by listening closely to the doctor and nurses involved. There may not be anything you can do to help, but if you get in the way, you could definitely create more problems. Ask what you can do and pay attention. If you need to step aside, be respectful and understanding.

Darby's Answer #1
"If an emergency were to arise, I would wait patiently for the doctors orders and assist her or him in whatever she or he needs. If there is an immediate danger to a patient or someone in my care, I would make sure to offer assistance to get them to safety."
Darby's Answer #2
"That really depends on the situation. I always try to remember to remain as calm as possible and report to my designated area as quickly as possible and follow emergency protocol."
9.
What are some activities that you like to assist with as an activities aide?
The role of an activities aide can vary from day to day. From planning activities, assisting with games or arts and crafts, or assisting with an outing, the activities aide is often very busy. The interviewer is interested in knowing what you like about your job.

Darby's Answer #1
"One of my favorite activities is touch therapy. In this activity, I get to experience one on one activities with my patients. The activity may involve something as simple as helping a female patient paint her nails, roll her hair, or fix her makeup. The smile on their faces when they have someone to spend some extra time with them is often priceless."
Darby's Answer #2
"I love helping with 'game day'. On this day, we schedule a variety of different games to play within the facility. It may be bingo, go fish, any kind of game that can engage the patients. We give out small prizes for winners and they love it!"
10.
What makes you think you will be successful at our organization?
Rather than just sharing how you have gone above and beyond expectations in the past, focus on how your qualities will help you meet and exceed expectations with their organization. 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.

Darby'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."
Darby's Answer #2
"I feel I have the education and skills necessary to become an asset to your organization and I believe, given the opportunity, I can prove that."
11.
What is your greatest weakness?
This is probably one of the most dreaded questions in a job interview. Answering this question requires self evaluation and honesty. Remember, whatever weakness you decide to share, make sure it is not a key characteristic needed to perform your job.

Darby's Answer #1
"I think one of my biggest weaknesses is that I can get sidetracked easily. I recognize that in myself and have made a conscious effort to plan my day as much as possible and to stay on target."
Darby's Answer #2
"One of my weaknesses is that I often get nervous around people I don't know. I know we all do that to a certain degree, but for me, it has become something that I am aware of. I now try to attend social activities where I know there are going to be opportunities to meet new people so that I can overcome social anxiety."
12.
Do you anticipate any changes in your life within the next 12-24 months that may cause you to have to relocate or leave this job?
Knowing what goals you have and any changes you anticipate in your life will give the interviewer an opportunity to evaluate two things: 1. what positions are available that won't disrupt your plans and, 2. are you interested in having a long-term relationship within the company? Either way, being upfront and honest is always appreciated.

Darby's Answer #1
"I recently became engaged. Although we have not set a date yet, we have agreed to wait twelve months before the marriage. Presently, our plans are to stay where we are and build a career, not just work a job. Also, we do not plan on having children for at least two years after our marriage. We both feel that being able to become established in our jobs and save for our future would be the responsible thing to do before starting a family."
Darby's Answer #2
"My hope is to find a position that will allow me to work long term. I do not anticipate any significant changes that would affect that."
13.
What makes you feel motivated to do a good job?
This question is practically begging you to highlight your positive attributes. So don't give a vague, generic response - it tells them very little about you. Instead, try and use this question as an opportunity to give the interviewer some insight into your character, and use examples where possible.

Darby's Answer #1
"I've always been motivated by the challenge of a tough situation. In my last role, I came across a particular patient who refused to participate in any activities. I was told he was 'always gruff and impossible.' I talked with him and was able to find something we had in common, which calmed him down. After the patient saw me make an effort to better understand his situation, he became much more agreeable to my aid. I love facing and overcoming challenges on such a personal level."
Darby's Answer #2
"The feeling of knowing that I have the chance to improve the quality of life for someone really motivates me. There is just something about knowing that I can have a small part in the life of someone who is trusting me to care for them."
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What is one of your favorite memories as an activities aide?
Events that make an impression on you speak a lot about what you value. Share something with the interviewer that made you happy or someone who touched your life.

Darby's Answer #1
"I will never forget a resident at the previous facility where I worked. Every time we had a dance scheduled, he would come to the activity director's office and ask me if I was going to save a dance for him. I can't dance and he pretty much couldn't either, but I always made time for one dance with him. He was always so happy because I took the time to make him feel special by dancing with him."
Darby's Answer #2
"There was a lady that was a resident at a nursing home where I worked. She loved to paint and said that when she was younger she dreamed of being an artist. Every time we had an activity that involved painting, she was one of the first people to come in and get involved. She displayed all of her 'artwork' like she was being honored in a gallery. I will never forget her."
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What are some things that you do to help promote balance in your life?
No matter what profession a person chooses, everyone needs some time to unwind and relax. Psychologists today say that a healthy balance in life allows a person to recharge and refocus which can result in better productivity at work. The interviewer simply wants to know what you do for you. Maybe you have a favorite pass-time or hobby. This is yet another way for the interviewer to get to know you as a person.

Darby's Answer #1
"One of my favorite pass-times is writing. After a busy day at work, I like to journal or write articles for a blog that I author. Both of these forms of writing allow me to release any feelings of frustration I may experience, especially after a stressful day or a difficult situation at work. The writings in my journal are private and my way of 'letting it all out.' The blog articles, on the other hand, are my way of using creative writing to share stories with my followers."
Darby's Answer #2
"I really enjoy working out at the gym and, I also take a kickboxing class twice weekly. After a good workout or class, I always feel like I can rest better and wake up energized and ready for the next day."
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  1. Do you feel you are capable of being a good team player?
  2. Tell me about a time you were trusted with confidential information.
  3. Being an activities requires a great deal of attention to detail and often multi-tasking. What do you do to help keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed?
  4. If you were the person responsible for hiring new employees, what qualities would you look for in a candidate? Do you think you possess those qualities?
  5. Have you ever considered going back to school to get certified as an Activity Director?
  6. Have you ever had a disagreement with a coworker? If so, how was it resolved?
  7. What made you choose a career as an Activities Aide?
  8. How do you respond to an emergency situation at work?
  9. What are some activities that you like to assist with as an activities aide?
  10. What makes you think you will be successful at our organization?
  11. What is your greatest weakness?
  12. Do you anticipate any changes in your life within the next 12-24 months that may cause you to have to relocate or leave this job?
  13. What makes you feel motivated to do a good job?
  14. What is one of your favorite memories as an activities aide?
  15. What are some things that you do to help promote balance in your life?
  16. How would you deal with an angry patient, and why?
  17. What are some things that need to be done in preparation for taking residents to an activity away from the facility?
  18. Salary is often commensurate with experience. How do you feel about someone with more experience than you having a higher salary but doing the same job?
  19. Have you ever had an issue arise with a patient that you had to report to a supervisor?
  20. How important is it for an activities person to be a patient person?
  21. How would your coworkers describe you?
  22. Have you ever been in a situation in which a co-worker put a patient in jeopardy? If so, how did you handle it?
  23. Do you have any experience helping with activities involving Alzheimer's patients?
  24. What are important characteristics for an activities aide to possess?
  25. Do you feel like you have strong relationship building skills?
  26. Has there ever been a time when you received negative feedback, and how did you handle it?
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