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Health Educator Interview Questions

29 Health Educator Interview Questions
Question 1 of 29
Tell me about a successful program you taught. What made it successful and why was it different?
How to Answer
As a Health Educator, you assess individual and community needs for health education.
You plan health education strategies, interventions, and programs. Tell the interviewer about a recent program you taught and why you felt it was successful. Were you able to start a program and 1 year later it was still running successfully? Did you increase attendance and knowledge of your students? This is your chance to show success as a Health Educator so make sure to shine!

Answer Example
"A recent event that I coordinated was a cooking class. We had 12 participants and all had a great time. Everyone laughed, helped each other out and learned the importance of eating fresh and eating healthy. I knew it was a successful class because the class that followed had a waiting list of 10 people that were all referred to the class by others that had attended. In the planning stages, I wanted to make the class both educational and fun at the same time."
Entry Level Example
"During my internship, I got to work with a non-profit organization that worked with teenagers that were struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. During my three months there, I was tasked with preparing a new presentation on the harmful effects of methamphetamine on both people and entire families with the audience being middle school students between sixth and eight grades. As my finale, I had the chance to put on a one hour assembly in front of the student body and staff. Following the presentation, I was thanked by the principal and administrator for such a powerful program"
Experienced Example
"In my current role, I get contracted to work with private businesses to provide education to their staff to help lower healthcare costs and better the health and well-being of their workforce. For one particular organization, I was asked to come in and speak on the importance that diet and exercise play on a person's health to a manufacturer that employed over 75% men. Being a woman in this field, this task seemed very intimidating at first. But in my initial consultation with the HR Director at the company, seeing the rising health costs and work comp claims for the company told me that my services were needed. Knowing my audience after this initial consultation, I took a straightforward approach to my facts in the presentation and used some hard to see examples from people that suffered from obesity leading to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. After the presentation, several employees and the HR Director approached me and thanked me for the point blank presentation."
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Question 2 of 29
How do you typically assess the learning needs of your students?
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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?

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"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. Asking for participation among the group is also a technique that I use to keep them engaged and continuously learning."
Entry Level Example
"During my internship, I was fortunate to be able to work with a private employer where I worked with groups of people that really needed and desired our programs and learning opportunities. We used assessments and surveys to gauge the general needs of the employee population and developed programs around the needs. Then, during training sessions, we utilized a classroom style training that engaged the learners in activities and role-playing activity. By ensuring their participation, we saw greater results and satisfaction in the classes."
Experienced Example
"In the actual classroom type of setting that I am used to teaching in, I start off with a question and answer session to help get a feel for the knowledge base that the group has that I am speaking to. I have fun prizes for participants and I find that this helps brings participation to a maximum level. Then, when I get into the meat and potatoes of my presentation, I watch for body language and facial expression cues to ensure that participants are listening and engaged. Through this part, I always ask questions to the audience."
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Question 3 of 29
What type of communicator are you?
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As a Health Educator, it is important to know which type of communicator you are. Do you consider yourself analytical, intuitive, functional or personal? Tell the interviewer that you are able to change your communication style based on your audience and their way of learning. The important thing to relay is that you are an effective communicator. Tell your interview that you welcome the back and forth dialogue with your clients.

Answer Example
"I'm the type of communicator that encourages open communication. I like to show my clients and coworkers that I'm approachable, knowledgeable and want to help others. I do this by asking a lot of questions of my students and reflectively listening to what they are saying."
Entry Level Example
"I am a direct communicator. I find that it is best to be brief and direct especially when presenting instruction or directions to clients. This leaves little room for miscommunication. With my colleagues, I also take this same approach while being open to new thoughts and ideas."
Experienced Example
"I am a personal communicator that also utilizes a very analytical approach. To best reach my learners, having a personal touch goes a long ways with each individual to make them open and more receptive to what I am presenting. I am empathetic and a great listener to each person's needs. Once I have a personal connection, the data that I have researched becomes more impactful with the students."
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Question 4 of 29
What are your career goals in this field?
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The interviewer is asking this question to align expectations for the role with your long-term expectations. The interviewer is also checking to see if you have realistic goals and to gauge your level of ambition. It is important for you to research the job prior to your interview to ensure that your personal professional goals are in-line with the job and organization that you are interviewing with. Be open and honest with your interviewer on this question and express how important these goals are to you.

Answer Example
"In the near future, I am focused on coming up to speed quickly in my new role. My longer range goal is to become a subject matter expert in this particular field. After working for years in a more general role with a large hospital system, I became most passionate about diabetes prevention. Your organization would allow me the opportunity to focus on my passion where I would become the person that others seek out for the answers to their most difficult problems."
Entry Level Example
"My long-range career objective is to publish a book. I would love to tell the world about my involvement to put an end to childhood obesity and this organization will put me right on the forefront of working with the youth in our region. I think that my story growing up to get to the point where I am at today will resonate with a lot of people."
Experienced Example
"Having worked in the field for almost 15 years, I'm at a point where I am ready to focus on my true passion in this field working with mental health awareness and treatment. We are at a point where mental health is one of the top needs of people in this country and there just aren't enough resources to help all that are in need. In our field, our work as educators can go a long way with the general public and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to doing my part to bring mental health awareness to the minds of people."
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Question 5 of 29
Please share with me an example of how you helped coach or mentor another educator. What improvements did you see in the person's knowledge or skills?
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Question 6 of 29
How do you keep yourself a model citizen when it comes to nutrition, exercise, and overall health?
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Question 7 of 29
Talk about a time where you had to deal with a big change within your workplace? How did you handle that situation and what did you learn from it?
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Question 8 of 29
What are some challenges that you see health educators facing in the near future in this field?
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Question 9 of 29
Do you have experience public speaking? What size groups are you comfortable speaking in front of?
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Question 10 of 29
Talk about a time where you had to think outside the box to solve a problem on the job? What resources did you use to help?
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Creators of Health Educator Answers and Questions

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Heather Douglass
Heather Douglass has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
Ryan Brunner
Ryan has over 10 years of experience recruiting in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries. Ryan has a long track record of recruiting, interviewing and hiring candidates at all levels of the organizations that he has recruited for. These include entry-level workers, professional workers, physicians and executive level leaders. Ryan has created and worked with many interviewing formats in the industries that he has recruited for and has reviewed resumes and cover letter's for all of the positions he has recruited for.
First written on: 08/11/2014
Last modified on: 08/06/2018

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Question 11 of 29
Talk about your strategies on how you stay organized and on track when you are working on multiple projects at the same time.
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Question 12 of 29
What role do you feel that a Health Educator plays as part of a larger community health care team?
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Question 13 of 29
Are you able to work independently with little oversight?
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Question 14 of 29
Do you have any experience in grant writing?
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Question 15 of 29
How do you help clients set goals?
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Question 16 of 29
How long do your counseling sessions last?
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Question 17 of 29
How do you measure progress with your clients?
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Question 18 of 29
In what ways do you often see people making poor choices in regards to their health?
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Question 19 of 29
If you could start any public health initiative, with an unlimited budget, what would it be?
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Question 20 of 29
Tell me about your post-secondary education. What was your favorite course and why?
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Question 21 of 29
Tell me about a health related event you have hosted. What was the goal of the event and did you consider it a success?
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Question 22 of 29
Are you comfortable giving commands to people and leading a group or a team?
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Question 23 of 29
What websites do you like to direct your students towards, in regards to health information?
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Question 24 of 29
Share an experience when you applied new technology or information in the classroom. How well was it received?
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Question 25 of 29
Do you collect data and track results as your health education classes are progressing?
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Question 26 of 29
Share an experience you had in dealing with a challenging student and how you handled the situation.
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Question 27 of 29
Are you efficient with your time?
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Question 28 of 29
What do you enjoy most about being a health educator?
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Question 29 of 29
In what ways can you improve your skills as a health educator?
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About Health Educator

August 7th, 2018

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.

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