Nutritionist Interview Questions

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Nutritionist qualifications to look for 

A Nutritionist is a Registered Dietician (RD) who works in a variety of settings to educate patients about specific nutritional requirements for their medical conditions. 

Your top candidates will hold a four-year degree from an accredited RD program with a relevant internship. RDs are also required to complete regular training to stay updated on industry knowledge and maintain their credentials.

Keep an eye out for candidates who are:

  • Positive 
  • Strong communicators
  • Knowledgeable 
  • Detail-oriented
  • Empathetic 

Top tip: Hire candidates willing to grow by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.

Nutritionist interview questions

  • As a nutritionist, what is your role with emotional support for your patients? 
  • What makes you a good teacher and role model?
  • Are you interested in working with a specific population?
  • Describe your experience with prenatal nutrition. What are the important considerations to make when working with this population? 
  • Do you have experience with home care? Please explain.
  • Have you worked with social workers? Please describe. 
  • How often do you work with physicians? What’s the best way to keep them informed about their patient’s care with you?
  • Do you prefer advising individuals, or groups? Why? 
  • How would you advise a client to keep a food diary? How do you motivate them to keep up with it?
  • Recall a time you resolved a problem with a non-compliant patient. How did you handle it?
  • What kind of diet would you prescribe to a patient who was trying to lose weight? What steps do you take to ease them into dietary changes? 
  • What kind of diet would you prescribe for a patient who was trying to gain weight? How do you keep them on track? 
  • What dietary recommendations are important for geriatric populations? What are the important considerations to make when working with this population? 
  • What dietary recommendations are important for vegetarians? Do you recommend supplementing with this type of diet? Explain. 
  • Explain the difference between working with a Type 1 and Type 2 diabetic. 
  • How would you put together a diet for a 30-something male recently diagnosed with AIDS? What are some considerations you make? How do you advise him if he has no appetite?

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