Mayo Clinic Interview Questions

Updated Sep 10, 2014
Updated Sep 10, 2014
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    Speech-Language Pathologist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Interview Details

    I was very impressed when I spoke with my interviewer on the phone, and excited. I was not told upfront that it would be not 1, but 3 in person interviews which was disconcerting. The interviewer was friendly and professional, but it felt as if the interview process and the entire place was very secretive. In addition to the 6 hours of interviews, I was required to submit writing samples which totaled 8 pages (one MBS report, one tx report for language patient, one for a cognitive patient, one assessment report for dysphagia patient at bedside. All of these were to be written fictitiously of course so it took some time, etc.). I was also asked to provide 3 letters of recommendation on top of references. OUTrageous! I had to ask how many more interviews after the first, and had to ask when I would hear back. I was given a date. That date came and went. I heard nothing for well over a month. I e-mailed once and left a voicemail once during that time politely requesting a response and heard nothing. I was incensed! After 6 hours spent interviewing, providing everything else that was over the top and asked of me, it would be decent to return a phone call, or to reach out personally and say it wasn't a match rather than send an HR e-mail: Thank you for applying to job number XYFU but it has been filled. Later learned they have cameras everywhere there and voice recording equipment so if you swear or do anything unprofessional you are recorded. Not the place for me, so I'm glad I didn't get the job now, but wow I never want to go through that again!

    Interview Questions
    • It was in total 6 hours of technical questions that nobody remembers from school unless you graduated yesterday. It does not mean you are not an excellent therapist. A clinician just goes back to the books when you need an answer that will help make a decision. A sample 8 questions: a patient presents with fluent aphasia, good repetition, etc. what kind of aphasia is this? I was asked this question over and over again and saw on the notepad "DNK" did not know. Strained strangled, varying pitch, poor respiratory control. Where is the lesion in the brain?!!!! Sweating bullets. DNK DNK DNK. AH! Should have given me warning was joining the military not a hospital where I could make a career and be happy   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Human Resources Senior Service Partner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Rochester, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rochester, MN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Mayo Clinic in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    Mayo is a fantastic employer. The interview process was difficult because it should be a two way street for the candidate to decide if it's a fit with the interviewers but because of using a structured interview format, it was impossible to tell what any of the interviewers would be like to work for. I interviewed with 14 people. It wasn't until the last panel interview that I caught on that I needed to interject my unusual skills and qualifications because the structured questions were very narrow and left little room for expansion. They do use behavioral questions which is good but the questions were way too narrow in scope and it was about 8 questions per hour. It was exhausting!

    Interview Questions
    • Tell us about a time that you had difficulty administering a federal employment law.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Human Resources Senior Service Partner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Rochester, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rochester, MN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Mayo Clinic in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    Mayo conducts a behavioral interview with a panel. Each person asks one question from a sheet, everyone takes notes. If there is time left at the end of the questions (one hours), there is an opportunity to ask questions. The questions are difficult, even if you are expecting a behavioral format. Mayo does advise you up front of the type of interviewing.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you were able to use your insight to analyze the politics of a situation and use your influence to resolve.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Lead Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Rochester, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rochester, MN
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Mayo Clinic in January 2008.

    Interview Details

    It is very difficult for an outsider (at least in Rochester) to get an interview at Mayo Clinic. They are very closed and prefer shift people from within from different departments. Whether you are from the outside or inside, you are required to do an behavioral interview. I conducted many of these interviews. They are also required to do a certain amount of interviews. On many occasions we knew exactly who was going to be hired (from the inside) but were required to do a certain number of interviews anyway. This wasted everyone's time but procedures within Mayo are required to be followed EXACTLY! Situational, behavioral questions are asked.

    Interview Questions
    • Have you ever experienced a time when a co-worker was acting inappropriately in the office? If so, how did you handle it?   View Answer
    • What do you consider to be a weakness of yours?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Completely and totally a waste of time to negotiate an offer. I had excellent references and experience and even letters from physicians from the inside sent to HR and they could have cared less.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Registered Nurse Resident Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jacksonville, FL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Mayo Clinic in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    The nurse residency program interview process is rigorous. The online application begins the process. Residents are selected twice a year. Initial applications received for the posting total approximately 175-250. From this, roughly 100 are phone screened. Then 50 applicants are selected for onsite or video conference interviews. There are typically 14 total job openings across various units that need to be filled.

    As other potential employees have stated, the interviews themselves are made up of behavioral questions. However, in the phone screen there were some traditional questions, e.g. Tell me about yourself?, Why do you want to work for the Mayo Clinic?, etc.

    As one poster stated, time is limited in which one can ask questions of the potential hiring managers to determine an appropriate fit (i.e. do you really want to work for this person). This is a part of the interview process that needs improving.

    HR sticks to their word; they will notify you one way or the other when they give a deadline for candidate selection.

    As others have stated, the second round interview is 8-9 questions from a panel (the hiring managers for the various units). The questions I was asked were fairly straightforward. I did encounter two part questions that some have alluded to.

    Make sure you are very familiar with the company's culture, mission, values, and current projects. Good Luck!

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Business Consulting Fellowship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Rochester, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rochester, MN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Mayo Clinic.

    Interview Details

    Interviewing for a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic was probably the worst interview experience I have ever had. Regardless of not being able to hear through the static and both interviewers speaking at the same time, I was never given the opportunity to highlight my strengths that would contribute to their fellowship program. Instead, I was asked specific questions from the engineer interviewer (I am a Health Care Management student), about engineering principles that were not clearly defined as qualifications for the position. I found myself defending my extensive knowledge of business operations, instead of answering his questions directly. For a fellowship program, which is supposed to be continued education, I was unprepared for the specificity of questions asked.

    Interview Questions
    • Explain your use of Six Sigma. (An academic introduction to it was not enough)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    RN Nurse Residency Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Mayo Clinic.

    Interview Details

    Two days after application deadline, received a call for a screening interview. Interview scheduled for the following day.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Emergency Room Physician Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Rochester, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rochester, MN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 months - interviewed at Mayo Clinic in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Snail's pace between initial application and calling for interview. Interview process was all behavioral and about scenarios, along with "teamwork" questions and how to handle difficult patients.

    Interview Questions
    • Give us an example of when you had differences with a colleague.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    New Nurse Residency Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Mayo Clinic in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online, and got a call to schedule an phone interview after 1 week. The interview was with the HR department and it was very hard. The questions were: Why nursing? What kind of nurse you want to be? Give me an example of a time you had a difficult patient. Where do you see yourself in 5 years. Can you work weekends and holidays? tell me what separates you from other candidates, and why we should hire you. The person interviewing me seemed very bored, and never asked me about an answer i gave. It seemed very mechanical. I believed I did good.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me why we should hire you, and what separates you from the other candidates.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Staff RN Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Rochester, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rochester, MN
    Application Details

    I applied in-person - interviewed at Mayo Clinic in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    A panel of 2-5 people conduct interviews. All questions are from a behavioral question/response format which may cause interviewee more nervous especially if they lack experience in a certain area.

    Interview Questions
    • Any type of question that would pertain to an emergency   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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