The importance of job interviews cannot be overstated. The impression you make during the interview will either get you the job or eliminate you from consideration. You need to make sure you are doing the right things at the right time. Here are some key do’s and don’ts for the job interview.
The most important do is probably preparation. Prepare on two levels. The first level is what you are going to say about yourself, how exactly you are going to sell yourself. The second level involves research about the healthcare organization and the people you will be dealing with.
You should be able to talk cogently about your skills and strengths as they relate to the job. You need to present your accomplishments, along with facts and figures to support your achievements, and to make them as compelling as possible.
You also should be able to talk about problems and challenges you faced, the context in which these issues arose, the actions you took to solve them, and what the results of your actions were.
Learn as much as possible about the healthcare establishment, its culture and operations. Annual reports are a good source of information. The organization’s website as well as other articles and news reports online are another source.
Find out as much as possible about the people who will be interviewing you, something about their backgrounds and interests that may help you to establish a rapport with them.
Other things to do
During the interview, remember to smile and show enthusiasm. This will also help to make a connection to the interviewers. You don’t want to sound too arrogant, but at the same time, not come across as two reserved either.
You should also be prepared to ask questions during the interview. Have some prepared before you go to the interview. Other questions may occur to you as the interview progresses. Not asking questions may make it look as if you aren’t really that interested in the job.
Practice. Have a friend or colleague ask you questions that you’re likely to get during the interview so that you can practice your answers.
Discuss the next steps. Ask when you can follow up. Get contact information from interviewers so that you can send thank you notes.
When talking with hiring managers over the phone, you don’t want to have distractions. Make sure you are taking the call in a place without a lot of background noise and one that is isolated. Don’t be too casual on the phone. Maintain a professional demeanor, even though it is just a telephone conversation.
Don’t focus on other tasks while taking the call. You need to give your full attention to the person on the other end of the line and not attempt to do other things while on the phone.
Don’t wing it. This may sound like obvious advice. But it still needs to be said because people with a lot of experience and expertise under their belt may feel that they don’t need to engage in any rigorous preparation for an interview, that they already know what they are going to talk about. But this is a mistake. Even experienced people need to practice and prepare for interview questions. They need to develop a story, a narrative for the hiring manager, and that needs to be practiced.
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