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Top 30 Dietitian and Nutritionist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
If a physician requested this patient received more Vitamin D, what foods would you recommend to this patient?
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Question 2 of 30
When did you realize you wanted to be a Dietitian?
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"I realized I wanted to be a dietician when I had an appointment with one when I found out I was diabetic. The dietician's knowledge and passion about my illness made me want to help others as well."
Now is your time to shine. Time to tell that silly story about when you were a kid feeding your baby dolls. That time you saw your grandmother struggle to keep her diabetes under control. The moment you felt fed up with your child's school lunch program. Whatever the situation was that 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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Question 3 of 30
What was your favorite teaching experience? What made it so enjoyable?
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"My favorite teaching experience was bringing a chair exercise class to our local community center. It was so inspiring to see our older generation eager to learn and better themselves."
If you aren't much of a public speaker now is the time to speak up. If you aren't comfortable talking to crowds let the interviewer know this but that you are working on it. If you bend the truth about your amazing public speaking skills they may throw you into a full time teaching gig and you'll be miserable. Nothing wrong with preferring one on one counseling sessions. Highlight why they are enjoyable. Do you prefer the more private conversations where your patients can open up to you? Does your inner child come out when you get the opportunity to teach children about healthy food options in the form of a game? Have fun with this answer!
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Question 4 of 30
What do you think are the most important skills or traits for a Dietitian and Nutritionist to have?
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"I think the most important skill a Dietitian 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."
"I think one of the most important skills for a Dietitian is patience. Getting clients to change their eating habits and bad habits doesn't happen overnight."
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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Question 5 of 30
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 6 of 30
How do you deal with work stress?
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Question 7 of 30
What would your co-workers say about you?
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Question 8 of 30
How do you manage a large workload?
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Question 9 of 30
Have you ever been in a leadership position?
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Question 10 of 30
How do you handle confrontational co-workers?
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Question 11 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 12 of 30
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 13 of 30
Tell me about your previous boss.
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Question 14 of 30
Why should we hire you?
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Question 15 of 30
How do you deal with challenging days, such as when there is too much going on and you feel as though others are pulling you in a million different directions?
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Question 16 of 30
How do you keep current on the changing science of nutrition?
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Question 17 of 30
Who was the best supervisor you ever had? What made this person so good to work for and with?
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Question 18 of 30
How do you continue your education in nutrition, outside of the classroom?
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Question 19 of 30
What was the most recent dietitian study you have read?
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Question 20 of 30
What diet would you recommend to an 70 year old female, who has just recovered from breast cancer treatments?
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Question 21 of 30
Why would you be the best Dietitian for our hospital?
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Question 22 of 30
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Dietitian and Nutritionist?
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Question 23 of 30
What areas of medical nutrition therapy interest you the most? Why?
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Question 24 of 30
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
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Question 25 of 30
What kinds of projects do you enjoy working on? What do you think that you would enjoy working on if given a chance?
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Question 26 of 30
What relationship do you think that the Kitchen and the Clinical Nutrition Department staff should have?
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Question 27 of 30
Have you ever considered becoming certified in a specialty or continuing your education in some other way?
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Question 28 of 30
How would you describe your counseling style?
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Question 29 of 30
Who was the most difficult client/patient that you ever had to deal with? How did you handle it?
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Question 30 of 30
Who is your mentor?
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Question 1 of 30
If a physician requested this patient received more Vitamin D, what foods would you recommend to this patient?
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Milk, yogurt, leafy greens.
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Yogurt, orange juice, tuna.
3.
Oily fish, dairy products.
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Oily fish, cod liver oil, eggs, meat, milk, fortified breakfast cereals, margarine.
Question 2 of 30
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 30
What was your favorite teaching experience? What made it so enjoyable?
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I did a conversation map group session on diabetes and covered the topics of packaging and labelling and found it quite enjoyable. I'm a natural introvert and find it difficult to speak with large groups of people but this group were very nice and were interested in what I had to say. The session was very interactive and thankfully I was able to answer any questions they had for me.
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Diabetes converstation map.
Question 4 of 30
What do you think are the most important skills or traits for a Dietitian and 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 5 of 30
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 6 of 30
How do you deal with work stress?
Question 7 of 30
What would your co-workers say about you?
Question 8 of 30
How do you manage a large workload?
Question 9 of 30
Have you ever been in a leadership position?
Question 10 of 30
How do you handle confrontational co-workers?
Question 11 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
Question 12 of 30
Tell me about yourself.
Question 13 of 30
Tell me about your previous boss.
Question 14 of 30
Why should we hire you?
Question 15 of 30
How do you deal with challenging days, such as when there is too much going on and you feel as though others are pulling you in a million different directions?
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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 16 of 30
How do you keep current on the changing science of nutrition?
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On twitter and the internet.
Question 17 of 30
Who was the best supervisor you ever had? What made this person so good to work for and with?
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Laura Columb. We got along very well and she was close to my age. She was easy to approach and didn't make me feel silly about asking stupid question.
Question 18 of 30
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 19 of 30
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 20 of 30
What diet would you recommend to an 70 year old female, who has just recovered from 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 21 of 30
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 22 of 30
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Dietitian and Nutritionist?
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To pursue my career as a (DN) to become a Professional and achieve my goal as well.
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I was really interested in the relationship between diet and disease. Nutrition is often overlooked as a solution (or part of the solution) to a medical issue.
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During biology class at secondary class I became very interested in the human nut.
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I was raised in a household where a healthy diet was important, and I truly saw how diet can impact disease when my dad suffered from Crohn's disease and both of my parents suffered through cancer.
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Because I enjoy interacting with patients and I find this field very interesting.
Question 23 of 30
What areas of medical nutrition therapy interest you the most? Why?
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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 24 of 30
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
User-Submitted Answers
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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 25 of 30
What kinds of projects do you enjoy working on? What do you think that you would enjoy working on if given a chance?
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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 26 of 30
What relationship do you think that the Kitchen and the Clinical Nutrition Department staff should have?
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I think it should be a very open, symbiotic relationship. I feel that dietitians should be in the kitchens more frequently and have good relationships with the staff because they would be more willing to help you if you needed something extra for a patient.
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I think they should have a closer, more symbiotic relationship and that dietitians should spend some time getting to know the staff as this would help dietitians to get special requests fulfilled.
Question 27 of 30
Have you ever considered becoming certified in a specialty or continuing your education in some other way?
User-Submitted Answers
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Yes most definitely. I would be keen to do a PhD if the right topic were to come along.
Question 28 of 30
How would you describe your counseling style?
User-Submitted Answers
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I try to make it client-centred and uncover the reasons behind certain behaviours.
Question 29 of 30
Who was the most difficult client/patient that you ever had to deal with? How did you handle it?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
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 30 of 30
Who is your mentor?

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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