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Dietitian and Nutritionist Interview Questions

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?
How to Answer
As a dietitian or nutritionist, you know your foods rich in vitamin D like the back of your hand. Tell the interviewer how you would educate the patient about the importance of eating foods rich in vitamin D. If mushrooms, fish, and pork doesn't appeal to your patient, stress the importance of taking a daily cod liver oil capsule. Feel free to share a story about a time you needed a patient to take in more vitamin D and what the outcome was.

Answer Example
"I have a great download available to my clients, for free, focused solely on vitamin D consumption. The recommendations in this download include mushrooms, eggs, cod liver oil, salmon, tuna, and mackerel."
Entry Level Example
"First and foremost, I would recommend more natural sunlight if possible. Then, when discussing vitamin D rich foods, I would tell the patient to increase their fish intake; particularly salmon, mackerel, and tuna."
Experienced Example
"My recommendation would be based on their food preferences. For instance, if the patient is vegan, I would not recommend the typical salmon, tuna, or eggs. In the instance of a vegan, natural sunlight is best and perhaps a good supplement. Also, mushrooms are high in vitamin D."
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Question 2 of 25
How do you keep current on the changing science of nutrition?
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It seems like there is always a new magic pill or diet tea on social media that has all the answers. As a dietitian, you are only interested in the facts. Tell the interviewer about an author, credible site or another resource for accurate information that you enjoy following. It's a great idea to ask the interviewer about their favorite resources for up and coming industry news. You never know what you will learn!

Answer Example
"I remain current on the changing science of nutrition by reading multiple blogs, subscribing to a few notable podcasts, and through industry-related google alerts. When I come across a new study or interesting paper, I bring it to my colleagues to gather their thoughts as well."
Entry Level Example
"I have subscriptions to various journals, follow online sites as well as build professional relationships with my co-workers to keep current on the changing science of nutrition."
Experienced Example
"Over the course of my twelve-year career as a nutritionist, I have become privy to many reputable journals and influencers in the dietary space. Some of my favorites include Robin Miller, Jack Norris, and Vesanto Melina. I follow their blogs, and other resources quite closely. Which are your favorite resources for staying up to date in this industry?"
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Question 3 of 25
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
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Companies will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring clients over on the occasion that you leave their company. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on confidentiality agreements.

Answer Example
"I never have, to my knowledge, broken a confidentiality agreement. Despite my reasons for leaving a position, I would never choose to hurt a previous employer in any way."
Entry Level Example
"No. I have only once had a confidentiality agreement and had no problem adhering to it."
Experienced Example
"Confidentiality agreements are necessary and important to protect an organization. I understand the need for confidentiality and take those factors very seriously. I have never broken the trust of my employer."
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Question 4 of 25
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
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In which manner do you prefer to communicate - written or verbal? Discuss your preference with the interviewer and support your answer.

Answer Example
"I prefer verbal communication because I feel that with written communication, a lot can be misread due to lack of tone, fluctuation, expression and body language. I will always choose a face to face conversation whenever possible."
Entry Level Example
"I like to leverage both methods of communications when dealing with business. Sometimes, situations call for verbal communications and other times, written. As a rule of thumb, I tend to practice verbal communications, with written follow up or vice versa. Utilizing multiple methods creates repetition and therefore, change."
Experienced Example
"I do not lean one way or another when it comes to verbal or written communication. Both are equally important to me. If I have to choose just one, I will choose written communication as one can always look back on written communication for reference."
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Question 5 of 25
Have you progressed in your dietician career as you have expected?
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Question 6 of 25
When have you had to adapt your workload due to increasing demand from your supervisors?
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Question 7 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 8 of 25
Why should we hire you?
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Question 9 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 10 of 25
What are your salary expectations?
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First written on: 03/09/2014
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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Question 11 of 25
How do you deal with work stress?
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Question 12 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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Question 13 of 25
What do you think are the most important skills or traits for a dietitian or nutritionist to have?
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Question 14 of 25
Which parts of your current position bring you the most stress?
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Question 15 of 25
When did you realize you wanted to be a Dietitian?
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Question 16 of 25
Tell me about your most difficult patient/client.
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Question 17 of 25
How would you describe your counseling style?
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Question 18 of 25
Have you ever considered continuing your nutrition education in a particular specialty?
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Question 19 of 25
What kinds of projects do you most enjoy working on?
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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 area of medical nutrition therapy interests you the most?
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Question 22 of 25
Why would you be the best Dietitian for our hospital?
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Question 23 of 25
What diet would you recommend to an elderly female, who has just gone through breast cancer treatments?
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Question 24 of 25
What was the most recent dietitian study you have read?
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Question 25 of 25
How do you continue your education in nutrition, outside of the classroom?
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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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