As a Health Educator you use formal and informal techniques to assess the learning needs and styles of your students. Tell the interviewer about a successful way you were able to reach your students. Were you recognized by your supervisor for a job well done?
"One of my most common and easiest ways that I assess the learning needs of my students is by pausing every few minutes to see whether students are following along with the lesson. It not only identifies gaps in comprehension, but helps break up lectures into more digestible bites."
"I can tell mainly by their body language and facial expressions if they are following or not. I encourage an open forum to ask and answer questions so we can all learn from each other."
As a Health Educator you mentor your clients every day. Have you had the opportunity to be a mentor to a peer? Do people regularly seek you out for advice or words of encouragement? Share a story with the interviewer of a recent time you mentored a co-worker. Tell the interviewer why they came to you, what the outcome was and what you both learned throughout the process.
"One of my fellow co-workers has a fear of speaking to large audiences. I was able to help him prepare his presentation, he practiced a couple of times and felt comfortable enough to do the presentation. I provided assistance and encouragement."
This is your chance to sell yourself with your 30 to 45 minute elevator speech. Since you are interviewing for a Health Educator position in a school it will be important to highlight the work you've done in schools. The interviewer wants to know you can bring success into their school programs as you did in the last.
"I have two children of my own; 6 and 9 years old. I know how to get down to their level and make learning fun."
As a Health Educator you know that you have to appeal to various types of populations. Some people learn best from researching the information via the internet. You provide only the best sites that give accurate and up to date information. Have you made flyers and pamphlets to hand out to your clients as a quick guide to these sites?
"My go-to website that I like to share with my clients is MedlinePlus.org. This website provides quality health information."
"I've had great feedback from my Millennials about FIT.com. Fit is a great magazine and online option for great information to maintain a healthy lifestyle."
If the Health Educator position you are applying to is a leadership position, then the obvious answer is yes, followed by several convincing reasons why this is so. Tell the interviewer about a time where you were a successful leader and what the outcome was.
"I'm regularly requested by my supervisor to be the lead on many projects. My most recent lead role I had was forming a diabetes support group for our community. It has been going strong now for 6 months."
"I haven't had the opportunity to lead fellow co-workers but I have had the opportunity to lead groups within my workshops that I instruct."
When answering this question, refer to one of your biggest accomplishments and why it was a success. Feel free to name drop someone that could verify the success of this event. Tell the interviewer about the event you led at an elementary school about healthy eating habits or a workshop for adults on how to better control their diabetes. Tell the interviewer your steps from developing a checklist, determining the budget, securing the location, plan the publicity and reflect after the event has ended to see where you can improve next time.
"I led an event at our local elementary school about healthy eating habits. My goal was to encourage better choices at the lunch hour. The kids participated in the workshop and had a blast."
"This past summer I had a booth at our local city picnic. I brought information about healthy living and healthy choices. I consider it a success because I had a lot of traffic past my booth as well as questions."
Think back to your college classes. Which was your favorite? Where you ever an intern supporting a health promotion program? Did you have a professor that mentored you and encouraged you to be where you are today? Why was this time in your education your favorite?
"I graduated from the University of Florida the top of my class. My favorite course was my last year where I was the guest speaker at our local high school. The topic was underage drinking and sexual activity. I was able to incorporate a bit of humor and music to the assembly. I knew it was a success because of the students participation and attentiveness."
"I've always enjoyed my biology lab classes. I like the hands on aspect of labs and loved learning new things."
This question is your chance to tell the interviewer that if you had the resources and endless supply of money, how you would change the world. What program speaks to you personally? Is there a chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or asthma that you feel passionately about that you would love to find a cure to?
"If the budget wasn't a concern I would give five cities per state $500k to build a community garden. I think community gardens bring people together, encourage healthy eating, get people outside and help our environment."
"My public health initiative would be to provide plan b within the school system. I would encourage School nurses to work with the school psychologists to counsel young woman and have the medication available if necessary."
They say 'practice what you preach.' How do you lead by example in a positive and healthy way? Do you bike, do yoga, not smoke and do your best to eat healthy everyday? Tell the interviewer why you take care of yourself and that you believe that by portraying a positive self image it will help your clients know that you believe in what you teach so much that you practice it yourself.
"I lead a free yoga class in our community park every Saturday morning."
Feel free to write your questions down and bring them to the interview with you. A short list of 3 questions will help you keep on track, not ramble and not ask something inappropriate like how often you get smoke breaks. The interviewer's response will give you great insight into how solid of an opportunity this will be for you
"Why is this position available?"
Progress doesn't look the same for every client. It's your job to help them move forward in their lives by looking at the past, patterns and ways of thinking that are keeping them from living a full life. They may never reach their full potential through the time you are counseling them, but you have the opportunity to show them what they are capable of. Give an example of how you understand that progress is relative to each client.
"Progress is the client meeting their short term goals during out treatment."
Your counseling sessions could last from 30 minutes to 3 hours. Let the interviewer know that you are flexible to work with the client's needs. You may prefer 60 minute sessions because it gives you enough time to review the last meeting and still have time to listen and advise your client. Explain your preference and then ask about expectations. Share how you manage your time in order to set up your clients for success.
Having a five year plan reveals your ambition and ability to plan for the future. You work with clients to help them attain their goals, so why not set some for yourself? Before your interview take some time to think through your goals and how you intend to reach them.
"I would like to complete more trainings that will help me to assist my clients in alternative ways. I'm interested in acupuncture. In five years, I want to be able to offer this as an option for treatment."
Sometimes information you share as a Health Educator is received well and sometimes put on the back burner by clients that haven't bought into your information provided. If you choose to tell the interviewer about a time that you presented information and it wasn't received well, be sure to add why you don't think it went well and what you did at that moment to redeem yourself. If you choose to tell a success story, explain why you think it went well and why you will be using the same technique in the future.
"Prezi isn't necessarily new technology but it was new to me before I created a presentation with it last month. The slide maker is fun, upbeat and I thought kept my audiences attention more so than the presentations I've used in the past."
When answering this question, go ahead and walk the interviewer through your process of prioritizing and why it works for you. Describe the job, the work inputs and the tasks involved. Explain the different levels of importance of each task. Explain how you work with management to arrange your priorities. Describe how you manage timeframes and explain why your system of prioritization works.
"I meet with my office each morning to go over what each of us has on our to-do lists for the day. Our manager helps us prioritizing by letting us know what he needs from us and what can be put on hold. If one of us has a clear schedule we offer to help the other."
"I use a daily planner. I like to have the ability keep it in my purse and refer to it throughout the day if needed."
No matter how experienced you are or how many great examples you have of how you have worked to develop and improve your skills in the past, you will need to prove it by demonstrating an open and flexible attitude. Share with the interviewer about a skill you have that you would like to improve upon. Is it your public speaking skills or your empathy towards your clients? The only wrong way to answer this question is to not support it with a way that you are working on improving the skills.
"To improve my skills as a health educator I've reached out to a mentor within my workplace. He provides constructive feedback and helps guide my professional journey. I've very thankful that I have the opportunity to learn from him."
"I can improve my skills by stepping outside of the box to teach classes and seek out clients with diagnosis and high risk factors that I'm not use to caring for."
This is your chance to display your passion as a Health Educator. Do you enjoy working with a particular group of people best? Is there a topic that you jump at the chance to teach your community about because it personally speaks to you? Tell the interviewer why you continue to educate your community.
"The thing I enjoy most about being a Health Educator is knowing that I'm genuinely helping people become healthier people. I've built great relationships with my community and get regular feedback from clients telling me that I've helped them. Knowing that I've helped even one person makes me want to continue doing what I'm doing."
"I love presenting to a large crowd. I love being able to get hundreds of people engaged and excited to become healthy. Their energy energizes me."
Fads and trends are growing and a lot of them are unhealthy habits that your clients are taking part in. As a Health Educator you teach and mentor. When answering this question be sure to tell the interviewer how you plan on being a part of stopping the growth of this trend. How will you make an impact on your community to end the unhealthiness of these trends.
"The growing trend that worries me most is nicotine use. Nicotine use is growing stronger everyday within our younger population. I plan to continue my path of educating our younger population on the dangers of nicotine with the hopes that those I educate will discontinue its use and share their success stories with those around them."
"Over exposure to electronics in children worries me. Children are spending too much time inside on their electronic devices instead of being outside in the fresh air being kids."
This question is a test to see if you did your homework on the organization you are applying to. Once you get to the interview stage, you'll want to do further research about the organization. Start with the website, reviewing their mission, values and culture. You can read employee reviews to see what their experience was like. Do your homework so that you can respond confidently. Strive to impress the interviewer with your knowledge. That shows you have vested interested in the organization and that you're thinking long-term.
"Your clinic specializes in providing education and assistance to those struggling with diabetes. As a diabetic myself, my personal goals align with your clinic goals and I'm excited to share what I've learned along the way with the patients."
"I love that your organization support the local schools in the area. I think we should start early with our children and teach them how to live happier and healthier lives. I'm excited at the opportunity to be apart of the team."
The interviewer is giving you the chance to sell yourself and tell them why you would be a good fit for their team. Tell the interviewer that you possess a combination of skills and experience that make you stand out from the crowd. That you can do the work and deliver exceptional results. You will fit in beautifully and be a great addition to the team. When you answer this question, gear your personality traits, work experience and skills towards the job description.
"I love that your company is a family run practice. Your mission is focused on creating a balanced and healthy work environment that will allow me to have a flexible schedule and work in a fun, positive environment."
"I've recently moved to the area with my husbands job. I am excited at the opportunity to work with a population that I haven't had a lot of experience with. I'm ready for the challenge."
This question is to test your time management skills and your ability to prioritize. Tell the interviewer how you prioritize your day and get everything completed in a timely fashion. Are you comfortable delegating work? Tell the interviewer about a time you were in charge of a project and were able to delegate work in order to meet a deadline. As a Health Educator, Time Management is your middle name. Explain how you can juggle your time and still give 100% to your job.
"I am efficient with my time. I set aside time each morning to evaluate my day and ensure I'm meeting deadlines, responding to urgent needs, and staying on track with meeting goals."
"Any free time that I have is spent collecting data, tracking success in my clients and putting workshops together for the future. I utilize my time wisely."
As a Health Educator, you have people all around you making poor choices in regards to their health. What program are you most passionate about? Which research field have you spent most of your work history in because you know you make a difference? Tell the interviewer about a few ways you know people are making poor choices, how you educate them to change their ways and a few success stories to support your efforts.
"Our local elementary school requested I come down to speak to the kids about healthy eating. Having school aged children myself I really took this project to heart. I worked with the school over a 6 month period of time to get healthier food in the school lunch program."
"Nicotine is the biggest addictions that my clients come to me for help. We work together to come up with a plan and kick the habit."
There is always that one student...the one that heckles you, mocks you, insists they've tried it all and you couldn't possibly be the one that will change their ways. How did you find a work around to change this person's mind? Share a brief story about a time you worked with a difficult student. Be sure to close with how you settled the situation and the two of you learned from it.
"I had a client that was in a group session for smoking cessation. The client had insisted that no one could help him with his nicotine addiction and that I wasn't going to be any different. I was able to talk to the client one on one and show him that despite his past we would work through the struggles together. He was appreciative and started opening up more in group. With his new found positive attitude he is bound to stop smoking soon."
"Teenagers have attitudes, I should know, I have a 15 year old daughter. I've found that teenagers often project a rough exterior because they are trying to impress their friends. Once they find out that I genuinely want to help they will let their guard down with me and learn."
As a Health Educator, you job is all about tracking data to see what needs our out in your community. To track your information do you use a particular type of program? Tell the interviewer how you track your data and the importance of it. How do you go back and refer to your data collected in order to use it for a future class?
"Each class I teach, I collect various types of data. From compliance to feedback from the students. I utilize the data as constructive feedback to continuously improve my future classes."
"I think it is important to collect and track data in regards to my classes. It provides feedback to let me know what is working and what isn't."
When answering this question you will want to consider qualities that are relevant to this position. Good communication skills, attention to detail, and technical mindset are all important characteristics for any Health Educator. Show off your strengths, like having a good attitude when faced with difficulty or being willing to go above and beyond expectations to help someone out. Don't be afraid to brag a little, but keep it relevant.
"My peers would describe me as an energetic, hardworking, knowledgeable Health Educator. They would say that I'm always willing to help others and that I love my job."
"My co-workers would say that I am dependable and a knowledgeable Health Educator."
Give the interviewer a step-by-step approach to how you would help your client. Give an example to make it more concrete. "I had a client who was struggling with an eating disorder. We set small goals to help her take better control over it. We looked at the bigger picture of her life and found opportunities where she could take control, like her job and her living situation. We worked with a Psychologist for an added support system."
"I had a client who was struggling with an eating disorder. We set small goals to help her take better control over it. We looked at the bigger picture of her life and found opportunities where she could take control, like her job and her living situation. We worked with a Psychologist for an added support system."
As a Health Educator you teach people about behaviors that promote wellness, healthy living and even prevent disease. Through collecting data and discussing health concerns with members of specific populations or communities, you develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Your patients include: the general public, at-risk populations, diabetes patients, expectant mothers and heart patients. Preparing presentations, conducting health screenings and patient outreach, and serving as point of contact for patients are just a few of your duties as a Health Educator.
Skills needed to be a successful Health Educator are your communication skills, organization and ability to teach others. Your active listening, judgment and decision making will be an important part of the job. Preparing presentations will become second nature as well as your administrative skills.
To prepare for your interview the interviewer may want to see samples of your work. Bringing a portfolio of your work could be an easy and visual way to show your best work. Discuss presentations you created, workshops you led and groups you've created for your at-risk population.