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Top 25 Dietitian and Nutritionist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
If a physician requested a patient receive more Vitamin D, what foods would you recommend?
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Question 2 of 25
When did you realize you wanted to be a Dietitian?
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"My journey into nutrition started with my struggle with weight, and overall health. I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease and, rather than accept all of the prescription drugs; I decided to take a more holistic approach. My results were incredible, so I started blogging. From there, I began to attend classes to gain my Degree in Nutrition."
The interviewer wants to see your passion for nutrition shine through in your answer. You can hit a personal note by discussing your health journey if you like. Perhaps you saw your grandmother struggle to keep her diabetes under control. Maybe you were fed up with your child's school lunch program and decided to take action. Whatever made you want to help others, through healthy eating, convey it in a way that will make the interviewer want you on their team.
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"I was diagnosed with childhood diabetes many years ago. I realized I wanted to be a dietician when I had an appointment with a dietician who was so knowledgeable about food and health. The dietician's passion about my illness and path to recovery made me want to help others as well."
Experienced Example
"Initially I was set to attend medical school, but that goal did not pan out for me. After that setback, I took some time to break down what it was that interested me most in the health and medical field. It all came back to diet, and nutrition. I also had a passion for cooking, so I then chose to chase my dreams as a nutritionist. I love helping other people find a passion for cooking healthy food that heals their body."
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Question 3 of 25
What do you think are the most important skills or traits for a dietitian or nutritionist to have?
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"I think the most important skill a dietitian or nutritionist must have is active listening skills. As a dietitian, we must give full attention to what other people are saying, take the time to understand the points being made, ask questions as appropriate, and not interrupt at inappropriate times."
The interviewer wants to know what you think makes a good dietician or nutritionist. Chances are, the skills or traits that you mention are going to be some of your most influential. Public speaking, critical thinking, monitoring, time management and instructing abilities are just a few skills a dietitian and nutritionist have to have. Of course, you have all these skills but it's best to narrow it down so you don't spend an hour answering this question.
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"I think one of the most important skills for a dietitian to have, is patience. Getting clients to change their eating habits and bad habits doesn't happen overnight, and I need to be able to stay the course with them."
Experienced Example
"Confidence in your knowledge is the most important trait that a dietician or nutritionist can have. No client will follow your advice if you cannot present it with confidence."
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Question 4 of 25
No one can be an expert in everything. What are some of the things that you would like to learn more about?
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"I've always wanted to learn more about oncology nutrition. I think it is fascinating how the body reacts to different types of cancers, and treatments, and how the right combination of food and exercise can help alleviate pain and help heal the patient alongside medication."
This question could be a tricky way to ask what your weaknesses are, within your career field. Try not to answer this too generically but instead choose something particular about your career field that you'd like to learn more about. If there is something, you don't have a lot of experience with that's ok! Let the interviewer know that you are ready to learn.
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"I'd like to learn more about how medications work in our bodies when it comes to treating chronic illness. I'd like to do more research on natural remedies for chronic issues."
Experienced Example
"There are so many topics that I would like to learn about - that's a tough question! If I had to choose one topic, I would love to learn more about the rise of auto-immune diseases and the variety of treatments available."
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Question 5 of 25
How do you deal with work stress?
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"I handle stress very well, and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."
Of course, you have stress. We all do. But how we handle it says a lot about us. Do you find yourself confronting people when you are stressed out? Do you chain smoke out behind the building? If you happen to have, a few bad habits keep those to yourself. What you should portray with this answer is something positive. Do you like to run, do yoga, spend time with your family, read, or listen to music on your off time? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to manage pressure in the workplace.
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"I manage my work stress by leading a community yoga group in our local park three times a week. It helps tremendously when it comes to keeping my mind in a positive space."
Experienced Example
"Stress is part of any demanding job, and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels. Also, just like I tell my clients, diet is everything! When I eat well and take care of my body, I feel best prepared to handle stress."
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Question 6 of 25
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 7 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 8 of 25
Why should we hire you?
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Question 9 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 10 of 25
When have you had to adapt your workload due to increasing demand from your supervisors?
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Question 11 of 25
Have you progressed in your dietician career as you have expected?
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Question 12 of 25
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
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Question 13 of 25
Which parts of your current position bring you the most stress?
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Question 14 of 25
How do you keep current on the changing science of nutrition?
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Question 15 of 25
How do you continue your education in nutrition, outside of the classroom?
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Question 16 of 25
What was the most recent dietitian study you have read?
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Question 17 of 25
What diet would you recommend to an elderly female, who has just gone through breast cancer treatments?
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Question 18 of 25
Why would you be the best Dietitian for our hospital?
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Question 19 of 25
What area of medical nutrition therapy interests you the most?
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Question 20 of 25
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
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Question 21 of 25
What kinds of projects do you most enjoy working on?
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Question 22 of 25
Have you ever considered continuing your nutrition education in a particular specialty?
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Question 23 of 25
How would you describe your counseling style?
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Question 24 of 25
Tell me about your most difficult patient/client.
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Question 25 of 25
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
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Question 1 of 25
If a physician requested a patient receive more Vitamin D, what foods would you recommend?
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Milk, yogurt, leafy greens.
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Yogurt, orange juice, tuna.
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Oily fish, dairy products.
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Oily fish, cod liver oil, eggs, meat, milk, fortified breakfast cereals, margarine.
Question 2 of 25
When did you realize you wanted to be a Dietitian?
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When I was 17 in Biology class. We started the human nutrition section and became interested in vitamins and minerals and the diseases that can be caused by both deficiency and excess.
Question 3 of 25
What do you think are the most important skills or traits for a dietitian or nutritionist to have?
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Good communication, caring, be able to work independently as well as part of a team.
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Caring, empathetic, conscienctious, team player, be able to work independently.
Question 4 of 25
No one can be an expert in everything. What are some of the things that you would like to learn more about?
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Tubefeeding. I wouldn't be confident putting someone on a regime. Although I've learned about it in class, the actual practical application is a different story.
Question 5 of 25
How do you deal with work stress?
Question 6 of 25
What are your salary expectations?
Question 7 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
Question 8 of 25
Why should we hire you?
Question 9 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
Question 10 of 25
When have you had to adapt your workload due to increasing demand from your supervisors?
Question 11 of 25
Have you progressed in your dietician career as you have expected?
Question 12 of 25
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
Question 13 of 25
Which parts of your current position bring you the most stress?
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I try to do as much as I can but tell myself that there are only 24 hours in a day. I will try to prioritise the work that has to be done imminently and leave what can wait until I have more time.
Question 14 of 25
How do you keep current on the changing science of nutrition?
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On twitter and the internet.
Question 15 of 25
How do you continue your education in nutrition, outside of the classroom?
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I regularly visit the nutrition society homepage as well as the BDA. I follow a number of nutrition science on twitter and that keeps me abreast of new developments.
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Online CPD courses, BDA CED courses. At present, twitter, nutrition society website.
Question 16 of 25
What was the most recent dietitian study you have read?
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I read a paper comparing the use of low- and high-carbohydrate diets for type 2 diabetes management. Both the LC and HC diets produced comparable weight loss and improvements in HbA1c and several CVD risk markers. LC diet had more favourable effects on triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, and glycaemic control as shown by lower diabetes medication requirements and greater attenuation of diurnal blood glucose fluctuation. LC diets with high unsaturated fat and low saturated fat contents may be advantageous for T2DM management long-term.
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Comparing LC and HC diets in T2DM patients. Both had similar outcomes. Both the LC and HC diets produced comparable weight loss and improvements in HbA1c and several CVD risk markers. LC diet had more favourable effects on triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, and glycaemic control as shown by lower diabetes medication requirements and greater attenuation of diurnal blood glucose fluctuation. LC diets with high unsaturated fat and low saturated fat contents may be advantageous for T2DM management long-term.
Question 17 of 25
What diet would you recommend to an elderly female, who has just gone through breast cancer treatments?
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I would recommend following a healthy eating plan such as basing meals around wholegrain carbohydrates, lean sources of protein, 2-3 servings of dairy products per day (low-fat where possible), lots of fruit and vegetables, and limiting high fat, high sugar foods. Alcohol should also be consumed in moderation and I would recommend regular exercise in order to maintain a healthy weight.
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Healthy balanced diet. Meals based around wholegrain CHOs, lean meats, 2 portions of fish/week (one to be oily), 2-3 servings of dairy/day (choosing low fat varieties where possible, small amounts of high fat/sugar foods, moderate amounts of alcohol and regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight.
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High fibre, moderate fat, high protein diet .
Question 18 of 25
Why would you be the best Dietitian for our hospital?
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I am a very determined person. I strive to be the best I can possibly be in all aspects of my life and I would see my career as no exception. I am a very caring individual also and feel I have a nice manner with patients.
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I'm a hard worker and determined. I always like to get the best out of myself in all aspects of my life and my career would be no different. I also have a very caring, empathetic manner which I've been told puts patients at ease.
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I have the passion and drive to dedicate 100% of myself to helping patients live a better life.
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Because I am a keen learner, inquisitive, hard working.
Question 19 of 25
What area of medical nutrition therapy interests you the most?
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My interested area's was to become an (RD) because my passion and goal is to help other people to achieve thier healthy living lives.
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Diabetes. It's a growing problem and from my previous work experience, some sufferers still don't know the basic facts.
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At the moment I would have to say diabetes. It's such a growing problem in our society and from doing a public health project about diabetes during my last work placement, it was quite shocking to learn that many people don't know a lot about their own condition.
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Nutrition to prevent chronic disease or nutrition to treat chronic disease. Nutrition can be important for reducing risk of chronic disease, but when disease is developed, nutrition is of upmost important for treatment.
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Heart disease & obesity there is such a great need to intervene, our nation is more obese today than it ever has been. we need to educate, encourage, and empower patients so that they can live a healthier lifestyle.
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Diabetes. I am very interested in the topic and very enthusiastic towards guiding the patients with diabetes.
Question 20 of 25
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
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Having a steady income as a nutritionist.
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I see myself being a accredited dietitian helping patients with the management of their disease.
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I see myself in a senior position managing important portfolio of the company.
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I see myself being more established in my career as a dietitian and perhaps specialising in some particular aspect of clinical nutrition.
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I see myself hopefully working as a competent dietitian, competent in my own abilities and potentially working in a more specialised area such as diabetes.
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Helping anyone I can in the field of nutrition.
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Most probably a ceo of the company. And a well informed and knowledgeable individual.
Question 21 of 25
What kinds of projects do you most enjoy working on?
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I enjoy studies - following people for several weeks to see if there are any changes in their health outcomes as a result of diet or lifestyle advice we have given them.
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I rather enjoy public health awareness. In Kilmarnock I was set a task of coming up with and designing a poster about diabetes. My colleague and I were unsure what would be best to put on this poster so we interviewed several patients at the clinic to find out about their current knowledge and it was surprising to learn how little was known.
Question 22 of 25
Have you ever considered continuing your nutrition education in a particular specialty?
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Yes most definitely. I would be keen to do a PhD if the right topic were to come along.
Question 23 of 25
How would you describe your counseling style?
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I try to make it client-centred and uncover the reasons behind certain behaviours.
Question 24 of 25
Tell me about your most difficult patient/client.
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I was due to see a Polish man who spoke no english for advice on type 2 diabetes. I was not allowed to use his friend who spoke english as a translator because it was against the trust's policy. In the end I had to use something called a language line where a translator is put on speaker phone in front of the patient. It was extremely awkward but it ended up being one of my favourite consultations.
Question 25 of 25
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?

About Dietitian and Nutritionist

February 3rd, 2017

Dietitians and Nutritionists are experts in food and nutrition. Dietitians and Nutritionists promote and educate children and adults about food plans, nutrition programs, meal preparation and serving size. The goal of a Dietitian and Nutritionist is to encourage a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating and exercise. Dietitians and Nutritionists can be found in a healthcare setting, schools, nursing facilities and various other facilities. Dietitians and Nutritionists feel at home in the kitchen.

A Dietitian or Nutritionists have Bachelor’s Degrees and is recommended to have a Master’s Degree in Nutritional Science. As a Dietitian and Nutritionist you have a passion for helping people. Your patients may be demanding, critically ill, terminal, or have mental health issues so patience is one of your characteristics.

To prepare for your interview you'll want to do your homework on the facility you are interviewing with. Learn about the patient population if you are interviewing at a healthcare facility. Are the majority of the patients diabetic, suffer from celiac disease or lactose intolerant? Is your interview within the school system where the school lunch program needs monitored and improved? Is your upcoming interview teaching nutrition classes for a major fitness center? As a Dietitian and Nutritionist teaching comes naturally. Tell the interviewer about the classes you taught, who your audience was and what the outcome was.

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