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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated December 15th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Has anyone in particular been helpful to you in your growth as a cardiovascular professional?
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The interviewer wants to know whether you've formed strong professional relationships in your past work and educational environments. Discuss anyone who has inspired passion in you and mention how you appreciate learning from others. If you seek continual growth in the form of a mentor, or continued education opportunities, this is a great time to mention those initiatives.
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1.
Has anyone in particular been helpful to you in your growth as a cardiovascular professional?
The interviewer wants to know whether you've formed strong professional relationships in your past work and educational environments. Discuss anyone who has inspired passion in you and mention how you appreciate learning from others. If you seek continual growth in the form of a mentor, or continued education opportunities, this is a great time to mention those initiatives.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have remained in close contact with my general sciences professor. She is the person who recommended I check out a career in cardiovascular, specifically. After my father suffered a heart attack, she knew the appreciation that grew in me, for the cardiovascular field. She sends me new resources and articles frequently, which are always helpful tools."
Heather's Answer #2
"My father has been helpful in my career growth, as he is a cardiologist. His passion for the patients he helps is what sparked my interest in the medical field. He has always encouraged me to work harder, to continue educating myself, and strive to be the best that I can be in my career."
2.
What do you know about our hospital?
Make sure you do your homework before your interview. Knowing about the hospital, and staff will show the interviewer that you are interested in their particular position and not just floating your resume. First, mention their goals and mission and how you appreciate their involvement within the community. Talk about the awards and accreditations the hospital has received. Reviewing the annual reports on their website is a great way to brush up on how the hospital is making a difference in the community.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I know that your hospital has won recognition for being the top in cardiology, in the state. Your physicians are world-renowned, and you receive a great deal of support from local philanthropists, allowing you to purchase state-of-the-art equipment. I look forward to joining such an esteemed medical facility."
Heather's Answer #2
"Your facility has one of the top-rated cardiovascular units in the country, and I am interested in utilizing my experience with cardiac patients in a hospital engaging in the latest research and techniques."
3.
Think about a difficult boss, professor or coworker. What made him or her difficult? How did you successfully interact with this person?
Show the interviewer that you work well with most personalities even though you recognize there are some folks out there who are quite difficult to please.

Think about that one person at work who is seen as hard to please. Perhaps there is someone at work who tries to intimidate others. Talk to the interviewer about what made this person challenging and what their relationship was to you. Avoid speaking poorly of anyone and be sure to end your response on a positive note.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I once worked at a small clinic where the supervisor was very demanding. The owner had great intentions; however, his people skills were a little rough. I could see that he meant well, and I recognized that he wanted to do a lot of good things. When we interacted, I always took his feedback with the understanding that he didn't mean things as harshly as he might say them."
Heather's Answer #2
"I had a rocky start with a manager earlier in my career because we had different expectations for the flow of the workday. Once we talked about it, we realized that our goals were very compatible, and we were able to work very successfully together for several years."
4.
When entering a new job, describe how you build relationships with your new coworkers and supervisors.
The interviewer would like to know how you plan to start relationships with your new co-workers. Due to a wide variety of personalities, coworker connections can take time to form. How do you ensure that you have a strong line of communication with your co-workers and supervisors, right from the start?

Here are some ideas for getting started on the right foot:

- Be willing to accept feedback and help
- Offer to join a committee or volunteer assistance in some way
- Do not have an air of entitlement or act as though you know the ins and outs immediately
- Avoid all clinic gossip, at all cost
- Be thankful for the equipment that you have. Don't complain about your used computer or your slow dial out line!
- Be early on your first day (and every day after that!)
- Come dressed appropriately

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that some relationships come quickly and others take time to nurture. When starting a new job all that I can do is be my true self and let my personality, integrity, and reliability speak for itself."
Heather's Answer #2
"I show up on time and dressed appropriately. I spend as much time as I can getting to know my new coworkers and telling them about myself and my family, and asking them about theirs. It is important to understand people on a bit of a personal level to know how to approach them."
5.
Where do you see your career one year from now?
This question is a short variation of the typical interview query, 'Where do you see yourself in five years?' Instead, the interviewer may ask more directly, 'Where do you see yourself in the next year?'.

Interviewing, hiring, and onboarding is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor for any company. The interviewer wants assurance that, if hired, you will see this as a longer-term fit. Discuss your career plans, goals, and how those fit with what this company is offering. Describe your passion for this opportunity, and what you like about the company for which you are applying.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am thrilled to be interviewing for your cardiovascular technologist opportunity. I believe with the talents and skill set I bring to your team, we will solve some very challenging health problems for your important patients. This opportunity is one I have been seeking for some time now, so I plan to stay for the long term should I be lucky enough to be hired."
Heather's Answer #2
"A year from now I'm hoping to be growing and becoming a stronger and more knowledgeable tech in your clinic. I look forward to learning and growing in a friendly organization that cares about its patients and medical staff. I have been progressing in the cardiovascular field for the last three years, and I know there is more to learn when it comes to terminology and reporting."
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