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25 Questions and Answers by Heather Douglass

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Heather has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates,
specifically in the health care industry.
Question 1 of 25
Why should we hire you?
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Don't be fooled by this trick question. The interviewer isn't interested in your cheesy statement that you are the best person for the job. They have an idea you probably are, the chose to interview you. The interviewer wants to know why you chose this line of work, your education and how your past employment directly supports the position you are applying to. Answer this question with your rehearsed and memorized elevator speech. Make it unique and convincing or they will move to the next candidate.
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1.
Why should we hire you?
Don't be fooled by this trick question. The interviewer isn't interested in your cheesy statement that you are the best person for the job. They have an idea you probably are, the chose to interview you. The interviewer wants to know why you chose this line of work, your education and how your past employment directly supports the position you are applying to. Answer this question with your rehearsed and memorized elevator speech. Make it unique and convincing or they will move to the next candidate.
Heather's Answer
"I've just finished my internship and earned my licensure. I'd like to work with this company because I can grow with it. Start in an entry level position and work towards a leadership position over time."
2.
What is your greatest strength?
This question can be difficult for some to answer if they aren't comfortable and confident in bragging about themselves. The interview is the time and the place to show them what you're all about and why they want to hire you. Having a hard time determining what strength you should answer with? Try making a list of your skills dividing them into three categories: Your knowledge based skills, transferrable skills and your personal traits.

Heather's Answer #1
"My greatest strength would be my patience. I can keep my cool through any situation and find a release for a stressful situation later. My stress release is reading outside in the fresh air."
Heather's Answer #2
"One of my strengths is my ability to empathize and express my understanding to my patients makes them feel more comfortable talking to me."
3.
How do you respond to a patient that is trying to manipulate you?
As an Addiction Therapist , you can handle the some of the most aggressive and abusive patients through one thing: Communication. You have all the tricks up your sleeve to effectively communicate with your patient and help them choose a safer way of interacting their those around them. If the patient is an adult or someone that can hurt you, relay to the interviewer that you would take the appropriate steps to have someone on standby to assist you if needed.

Here is a sample question: "If I identified that a patient was trying to manipulate me I would review the treatment plan that we set together and remind them of their boundaries."
Heather's Answer #1
"If I identified that a patient was trying to manipulate me I would review the treatment plan that we set together and remind them of their boundaries."
Heather's Answer #2
"As an Addiction Therapist, I know that addicts have a way of sweet talking people to get what they want. My years of experience and training alert me to when a patient is trying to manipulate me."
4.
What is your greatest weakness?
Anticipate this question in the Medical Career field. Strength and weakness questions are the most challenging interview questions for anyone. Because we all have weaknesses you'll need to have one identified and rehearsed for this answer. Choose a weakness that can be improved upon. Let the interviewer know that you've identified it and you are working at it to make it one of your strengths.

Heather's Answer #1
"I feel that my leadership skills could be stronger and I am currently working to improve them."
Heather's Answer #2
"One of my weaknesses is working through my breaks and lunch hour. Sometimes I have to tell myself to walk away and take a break so I can come back refreshed."
5.
How do you handle stress and pressure?
Addiction Therapy can be an emotionally draining job. How do you get away from it all and relax? Do you do yoga or go to the gym? Spend time with your family at the beach? Don't tell the interviewer that you don't have work stress because we all have a little. Instead, tell the interviewer that you welcome and thrive on a little bit of work stress. Work stress can motivate us and make our day more interesting.
Heather's Answer
"If I'm facing a stressful situation I'll call in the reinforcements. I ask for help when appropriate to avoid situations getting out of control."
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