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Dietitian and Nutritionist

25 Interview Questions & Answers

1.
If a physician requested a patient receive more Vitamin D, what foods would you recommend?
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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.

1.
If a physician requested a patient receive more Vitamin D, what foods would you recommend?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
2.
How do you keep current on the changing science of nutrition?
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!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
3.
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"No. I have only once had a confidentiality agreement and had no problem adhering to it."
4.
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
In which manner do you prefer to communicate - written or verbal? Discuss your preference with the interviewer and support your answer.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
5.
Have you progressed in your dietician career as you have expected?
Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Overall, I am satisfied with my career progression. Everyone, including me, hits roadblocks or setbacks, but I have been able to push through them and stay on track."
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