Interview Tips

How to Dress:

We encourage business casual attire for all interviews conducted with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

Some examples of business casual:

Men

  • Slacks, Pants, and Suit Pants with button down or polo shirts
  • Shoes: loafers, boots, dress or leather deck-type shoes
  • Not recommended:  jeans, shorts, t-shirts, flip flops, sandals, etc.

Women

  • Slacks, Pants, skirts with appropriate blouse/shirt; dresses are also acceptable
  • Shoes: Flats, dress heels, clogs, or other business type shoe – please keep in mind an interview may include a department or hospital tour and comfortable shoes are encouraged
  • Not recommended:  jeans, shorts, t-shirts, flip flops, sandals, etc.

Other Tips

  • No perfumes or fragrances should be worn as children may be susceptible to allergies
  • Please bandage all visible tattoos as they been known to frighten children or cause discern – please note this would be a requirement if hired as a Children’s employee
  • If scrubs must be worn, please discuss with your recruiter prior to the interview.

Interview Locations:

Please be sure you are aware of where your interview will take place from your assigned recruiter.  We have several locations on the main campus as well as a corporate office, so clarifying the exact location and parking instructions of your interview will make your experience at Children’s a positive one.

For more detailed information on locations visit here.

Our Human Resources office located in the Stemmons Building is also where you will go for any testing that may be required for the position that your recruiter has asked you to complete. The recruiter will set up the tests, if necessary, and share more information with you regarding testing procedures.

Stemmons Building
2777 N. Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75235

Behavioral Interviewing:

Children’s Medical Center finds value in using behavioral based interviewing questions to help us gather experience data based on candidates’ previous on-the-job behaviors – the best predictors of future behavior.  Your interviewers will capture data including your experience, knowledge, competencies, and motivations.
During a behavioral interview, you will be asked a series of standardized questions designed to get you to talk about how you handled or responded to certain situations in the past. With each answer, you'll be expected to describe situations from your past and your feelings and observations about them. The interviewer will use this information to assess your proficiency in one or more job-related areas, which may include anything from adaptability to leadership to problem solving.
One strategy for preparing for behavioral interviews is to use the STAR Technique, as outlined below.  This is the best way to format an answer when interviewing with a behavior-based technique.
 


Situation or 
Task

Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalized description of what you have done in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from a previous job, from a volunteer experience, or any relevant event.

Action you took

Describe the action you took and be sure to keep the focus on you. Even if you are discussing a group project or effort, describe what you did -- not the efforts of the team. Don't tell what you might do, tell what you did.

Results you achieved

What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn?

You can expect interviewers to have several follow up questions and probe for details that explore all aspects of a given situation or experience.

What are the questions like?

Behavioral questions usually begin with a statement like: 'Tell me about a time when...' or 'Can you a describe a situation where...'.
The following are some examples of typical behavioral questions and the competencies they demonstrate:

  • Describe a difficult problem that you tried to solve. How did you identify the problem? How did you go about trying to solve it? (Demonstrates problem solving)
  • Describe a time when you tried to persuade another person to do something that they were not very willing to do. (Demonstrates leadership)
  • Describe a time when you decided on your own that something needed to be done, and you took on the task to get it done. (Demonstrates initiative)

How do I prepare for the interview?

Review your resume and look for projects that highlight your experience that relate to the position that you are interviewing for. In your own notes, jot down the specifics to the project noting the situation, the actions you specifically took and the results. Try and identify 5-10 different experiences or projects that you would like to highlight or cover during the interview. Review your notes the night before the interview so that you can recall the specifics of each project; you may also bring your notes to the interview and reference at your convenience. It is also suggested to practice with a friend or family member who can ask questions to you and allow you to answer back. You may practice with the above examples or you will also find many more examples by using Google search and the key words “behavioral interviewing questions”. In additions to specific experience, also think about each past position and write down what you liked about the jobs and what you didn’t like. This will help you to identify your key motivators for selecting a new position. Children’s interviewers will discuss these motivators and help you assess if this position is the right position for you.

Still have more questions?

Your recruiter is always available to answer any questions about your upcoming interview. You may also pose general questions on our Careers facebook page at www.facebook.com/careersatchildrensmedicalcenter.