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Top 30 Health Educator Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
How do you typically assess the learning needs of your students?
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Question 2 of 30
Tell me about a successful program you taught. What made it successful and why was it different?
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"My most recent event 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 has a waiting list of 10 people."
"My most successful class was a class I brought to our local middle school. My audience was 200 children full of smiles and questions. We had a great time, they were very engaged and everyone learned something."
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. Where you able to start a program and 1 year later it was still running successfully? Did you increase attendance and knowledge of your students?
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Question 3 of 30
What type of communicator are you?
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"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 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."
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. You welcome the back and fourth with your clients.
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Question 4 of 30
Tell me about an effective health education or promotion program which you developed and/or presented.
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"My most recent program that I organized and presented was smoking cessation in our elderly population. I identified that people wanted to stop smoking regardless of their age so I decided to target our elderly population. I received great feedback and saw great success in my clients."
Effectively designed health education and health promotion programs can improve health, reduce disease risks, manage chronic illnesses, and improve the well-being and self-sufficiency of individuals, families, organizations and communities. To be effective, these programs must have a clear understanding of the targeted health behaviors, the target audience, and the environmental system. Have details of a program that you've worked in your back pocket, ready to share, that was effective and successful.
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What is your long-range objective?
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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 7 of 30
What makes you the best health educator for our school?
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Question 8 of 30
What websites do you like to direct your students towards, in regards to health information?
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Question 9 of 30
Are you comfortable giving commands to people and leading a group or a team?
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Question 10 of 30
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 11 of 30
Tell me about your post-secondary education. What was your favorite course and why?
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Question 12 of 30
If you could start any public health initiative, with an unlimited budget, what would it be?
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Question 13 of 30
How do you keep yourself a model citizen when it comes to nutrition, exercise, and overall health?
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Question 14 of 30
Do you have any questions for us?
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Question 15 of 30
How do you measure progress with your clients?
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Question 16 of 30
How long do your counseling sessions last?
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Question 17 of 30
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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Question 18 of 30
Share an experience when you applied new technology or information in the classroom. How well was it received?
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Question 19 of 30
Tell me how you organize, plan, and prioritize your work.
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Question 20 of 30
In what ways can you improve your skills as a health educator?
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Question 21 of 30
What do you enjoy most about being a health educator?
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Question 22 of 30
What growing trend worries you the most in regards to peoples health?
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Question 23 of 30
What do you know about our organization?
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Question 24 of 30
Why do you want to work for us?
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Question 25 of 30
Are you efficient with your time?
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Question 26 of 30
In what ways do you often see people making poor choices in regards to their health?
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Question 27 of 30
Share an experience you had in dealing with a challenging student and how you handled the situation.
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Question 28 of 30
Do you collect data and track results as your health education classes are progressing?
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Question 29 of 30
How would your peers describe you?
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Question 30 of 30
How do you help clients set goals?
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Question 1 of 30
How do you typically assess the learning needs of your students?
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Start collecting data and analysis to define the problem. put prioreties of problems accrding to the needs.
2.
First, I consider local, state and national data and research around the leading indicators and issues that I am seeing arise. I'd discuss any disparate data and information with colleagues, with coalitions and organizations who might be addressing such indicators. After gathering both quantitative and qualitative information, I'd consider where there might be gaps within the popuation.
3.
I typically get an understanding of their needs and assess this through a needs assessment survey or even just asking the questions myself to get an interactive communication of what they need.
4.
I look at their ages, and the way they learn differently. Everyone learns differently so everyone's needs in the classroom are going to differ.
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Pre-assessments are taken and finding out what their interest are.
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I would first look at national, local, and, state data to find the major health issue indicators. I would then use this data and share it with my agency, coalitions, organizations who may already be addressing this issue. I would also engage community members in this process. Lastly, I would prioritize the health indicators based on needs and identify the gaps.
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With my prior teaching experience, I understand that every student learns differently; Auditory, Visual, Kinesthetic. That's why it's very important that I present my material in a variety of ways, so I can reach every student's learning style. There are several different types of assessments that I would implement into my classroom. I feel that I could measure comprehension through Q&A during our group discussions. That way I could determine what information needs to be retaught in further detail. I would also be able to determine prior knowledge based on Pre-Assessments, and measure their gain score through a Post-Assessment. Other ways of measurement... Portfolio, journaling, quizzes, and individual/group projects!
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Example of when you set expectations and monitored the performance of subordinated. What guidance and direction did you find most effective?
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I ask what their goals are for the program and tailor the program to their needs.
Question 2 of 30
Tell me about a successful program you taught. What made it successful and why was it different?
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I provided a presentation to FACS teachers a year ago in Colorado Springs about adolescent health and teaching human sexuality effectively. I believe I was successful because I spent adequate time preparing, understanding their needs and their curriculum, talking with FACS teachers beforehand, and listening. I find it easy to talk with people in large groups and to present. I'm confident in my knowlege. I still receive inquiries and messages from participants in that program! I have also successfully taught both short and long term human sexuality programs, one being at Reflections for Youth. I have used both the PSD 10 lesson curriculum and also an evidence-based program called Reducing the Risk. I enjoy educating and being in front of a group and using humor and straightforwardness in my communcations.
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In my current PE program I created a "STARS" Program. The word stars stood for my classroom rules; Stay on task, Try your best, Active listening, Respect yourself, others and equipment, and Sportsmanship. During this PE program, the students were to learn/demonstrate basic movement patterns, sports-related skills, and cooperative skills. I feel this was a successful PE program, because the environment was safe, student-centered and conducive to learning, the expectations were clear, students were held accountable for their actions, and the student buy-in for extra-curricular activities that were fitness-related was extremely high!
3.
I have taught a Type 2 Diabetes program. This health- realated topic appealed to many audience members. They were eager to know new ways of coping with their conditions. Many of the ways presented to them included but weren't limited to: lifestyle changes (dieting, exercise, sufficient sleep, etc.)
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The program I am working on right now is still in progress but it is a life skills class with high school upperclassmen. I'd say so far I have seen success with the program because the difference between the students' understanding of the topics that we cover changes so much between their initial pre test and post test. They also ask questions and come up with information in class that I did not even think was possible for them to know or to wonder about. As an educator, that makes me excited for them and for the potential the class has.
5.
I taught a program on drinking and smoking and the effects it can have. What made it successful was getting the students involved in the activities to see first hand how drinking and smoking can affect their lives.
Question 3 of 30
What type of communicator are you?
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My communication skills are effective. I accomplish what I set out to do-whether it is to write a letter, compose a presentation or simply do a presentation to a group of children when I was planning on talking to adults,
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I consider myself a "people person" and approach all communication, whether written or oral, formal or informal, with a belief that all parties bring their best intentions to the table. For me, this translates to an ability to be mindful of my reactions and think through responses effectively. There are some general rules of thumb that I follow when it comes to communicating. 1. I want to ensure what I'm saying is accurate and well informed and well articulated. 2. I am mindful of being a good listener, considering other viewpoints, and being respectful of opinions. This also includes seeking for and asking for input when appropriate. 3. I want to be motivating and clearly state the action I would like to be taken... Have I been 100% clear? I am fascinated with social media communications, and especially with newer applications, such as Yik Yak, Next Door, and Reddit. Both traditional and modern forms of communication are really important while working in our diverse and large county, so multiple communication methods are key.
3.
I have great communication skills, its one of my strong areas. I help when and where I am needed. I don't mind speaking in front of crowds. I like to be on the same page with my supervisor and co workers.
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I'm good at communicating with all genders, and clients that are willing to open and share. Those who are a little more difficult to reach, I start by using ice breakers.
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My communication skills are effective. I sete out to accomplish whatever I need to do. Whether it's preparing a presentation for a group of teens, when I was prepared to present to adults. Understanding the population and catering the presentation and materials to that population is key.
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My communication skills are effective. I sete out to accomplish whatever I need to do. Whether it's preparing a presentation for a group of teens, when I was prepared to present to adults. Understanding the population and catering the presentation and materials to that population is key.
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I feel that I have always been able to be pretty clear with my communication and expectations for my students. At the beginning of the school year, I will map out our entire classroom expectations and procedures. I will present what is expected of my students in order to be successful academically and the students will establish "goals" that they will try to accomplish throughout the semester. Before we start a new unit, I always present to the students what their learning objectives are. If we are working towards an individual/or group project, I always provide a grading rubric to my students so they are aware of what is expected to be presented in their project. As for ways to communicate with parents/guardians, I will also have my course information available on my school webpage (whether it's school page or google classroom). This will be updated weekly to let parents/guardians know what to expect in the upcoming week(s).
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I am very good at conversing with people and organizations convincing them and making sure that they believe all I say.
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I am able to present well. I am able to clearly write any observations I make.
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My communication skills are very effective.
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I'd say I have good communication skills. When I feel I am struggling to work along-side someone or someone in a certain setting has made me feel uncomfortable, I feel that I am able to approach them and express my feelings effectively and reach a way to move forward.
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I believe I have great communication skills. I understand when to speak and when to listen, and understanding that each person communicates in different ways and to effectively communicate with them I have to understand that.
Question 4 of 30
Tell me about an effective health education or promotion program which you developed and/or presented.
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Sure. One of my favorite projects was presenting the Snap-n-Strap program to third graders in Larimer County when SafeKids was housed here at the Health Department. I found it to be a wonderful collaboration between multiple city and county agencies as well as there being an incredible amount of support from the larger community. The goal of this project was to increase helmet use and bicycle safety, while teaching young students about how the brain works and why we should protect ours! On a much larger scale, I worked with Colorado's Beforeplay. Org campaign in several capacities, from assessment and research of the reproductive health needs of people in Colorado, understanding the desires of our funders, creating website and blog content on sexual health topics, managing social media channels and building awareness of campaign, reaching out to potential partners, talking with reporters, delivering materials, hiring outreach staff, communicating with medical professionals, presenting at conferences, and participating in large events as a representative. Reached.
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I've presented an evidence based health education program called be proud be protective. This was an exiting program very interactive and motivating for teen pregnancy prevention.
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Even though I have really never had the opportunity to officially teach a health in a classroom setting, I have implemented several topics of health throughout my career teaching physical education. One of the programs that we developed and promoted was our Marathon Club. This was to promote physical activity through walking/running laps in attempt to accomplish a full Marathon! In my health classroom, I would have a group project where each group will be assigned to cover different health-related topics and collaborate together to find create ways to present/promote this information with the rest of the student body.
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I have held several breast cancer seminars. I developed these seminars to inform women of prevention and care for their bodies.
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I am currently a health educator at South Bronx United teaching life skills classes. For the first week we worked on community asset mapping and in the second week we have worked on health and wellness. Especially with a new topic such as Community Asset Mapping, it was sometimes difficult to gauge where the students understanding was. I designed a pre and post test for them for each week, complimented by curriculum-heavy lessons on monday. On tuesdays, we expand on mondays lessons before presenting them with the challenge of writing relevant research questions. On wednesday they utilize what they have learned during the week during mapping. Lastly, on thursday we play a review game with the students on thursday. The difference between the pre and post test has been remarkable and even the students that maybe dont like to participate, they still know the answers, which tells me they have learned.
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I do not have experience win program planning however I do have experience researching effective programs.
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I helped plan and facilitate Kansas Kids Fitness Day at Ottawa University where all 3rd grade students in the county participated in fitness type activities.
Question 5 of 30
What is your long-range objective?
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What are some long-range objectives that you developed in your last job?
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I didn't have any long- range objectives.
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Seeing progress in my students ability to communicate more with each other and be understanding of one another. I implemented lessons that focus on peoples individual issues and needs and how students need to be more understanding of each others differences.
Question 6 of 30
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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One of my favorite mentees was an undergraduate student at CSU in the Human Development Program. She was able to work with PSD administrators and survey PSD elementary teachers about their needs for teaching the human sexuality curriculum. She was able to make updates with the administration and gained a great deal of knowledge and skills throughout the collaboration, including research, understanding an applying an evidence base, and partnering with schools to improve health education.
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My favorite examples consist of my students with special needs. They all had their different challenges, but with the proper modifications, they were able to become demonstrate their struggling skills successfully! Not just that, but the other students in my class were taught Respect from day 1 and they understand that these students will not be successful without their help! So, they have taken it upon themselves to assist me by helping these students through our skills and activities/challenges!
3.
I helped mentor a freshman at the University when I was a senior. This young lady needed to implement a weight loss plan via her doctor's request since she had began to experience health problems due to weight gain. I instructed her to eat at several health conscious restaurants on campus, to add exercising to her schedule, and drink plenty of fluids such as water to remain hydrated. Weeks into her plan of action she began to feel better and lose weight.
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I once helped a student with figuring out how to manage their time between school and sports. When the student followed my program they became more focused on and off the field and their grades improved.
Question 7 of 30
What makes you the best health educator for our school?
Question 8 of 30
What websites do you like to direct your students towards, in regards to health information?
Question 9 of 30
Are you comfortable giving commands to people and leading a group or a team?
Question 10 of 30
Tell me about a health related event you have hosted. What was the goal of the event and did you consider it a success?
Question 11 of 30
Tell me about your post-secondary education. What was your favorite course and why?
Question 12 of 30
If you could start any public health initiative, with an unlimited budget, what would it be?
Question 13 of 30
How do you keep yourself a model citizen when it comes to nutrition, exercise, and overall health?
Question 14 of 30
Do you have any questions for us?
Question 15 of 30
How do you measure progress with your clients?
Question 16 of 30
How long do your counseling sessions last?
Question 17 of 30
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Question 18 of 30
Share an experience when you applied new technology or information in the classroom. How well was it received?
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Protext Yourself! Yik Yak. See possibilities with Reddit and Next Door. Also possibilities with further smartphone app capabilities. Also, the use of interactive Q&A interfaces that help make health information and education sessions more fun and interactive. Poll Everywhere.
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I had never used Microsoft Publisher until lately when I was creating a pamphlet on HIV/ AIDS.
Question 19 of 30
Tell me how you organize, plan, and prioritize your work.
Question 20 of 30
In what ways can you improve your skills as a health educator?
Question 21 of 30
What do you enjoy most about being a health educator?
Question 22 of 30
What growing trend worries you the most in regards to peoples health?
Question 23 of 30
What do you know about our organization?
Question 24 of 30
Why do you want to work for us?
Question 25 of 30
Are you efficient with your time?
Question 26 of 30
In what ways do you often see people making poor choices in regards to their health?
Question 27 of 30
Share an experience you had in dealing with a challenging student and how you handled the situation.
Question 28 of 30
Do you collect data and track results as your health education classes are progressing?
Question 29 of 30
How would your peers describe you?
Question 30 of 30
How do you help clients set goals?

About Health Educator

February 27th, 2017

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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