Interview Tips

By March 23, 2016News


Look at your interview as if you are writing a paper. You will have an introduction, body, and conclusion.

In the introduction you will be introducing the topic which will be yourself and introducing your objective, the position you are seeking. This is your chance to make a great first impression!

In your introduction it is important to include:
  • Hands on experience related to your field
  • Certificates you currently hold
  • Related work experience
  • Personality traits that make you a good fit
  • Express interest and enthusiasm regarding the position

The body will include questions asked by the interviewer, it is important to research questions you may be asked, and answer these questions out loud, the cliché is true practice makes perfect!

Tips to keep in mind:
  • Proper vocabulary, use medical terminology, know procedures in your scope of practice
  • Your personal life is not the priority of the interviewer, and may create disinterest based off of your home obligations
  • Always research the company! ¬†Know their mission statement, what kind of facility it is, average patient flow, how many locations, how many doctors etc.
  • Use your clinical experience as reference to questions regarding past employment

This will be the lasting impression that you leave on your interviewer. Make sure you are professional and appropriate.

Remember to include:
  • A brief thank you for the interview and their time
  • Ask for a business card to complete a thank you letter

Interview Etiquette

  • Dress for success: no stretchy pants, revealing clothes, facial piercings, ill fitting clothes
  • Have a portfolio showcasing your resume, certificates, and recommendations
  • Bring multiple copies of your resume/cover letter, 3 should suffice
  • Arrive 10 minutes early
  • Always shake your interviewers hand firmly, with appropriate length and not overly vigorous
  • Wait to be invited to take a seat
  • Place purse, keys, sunglasses, phone away from you
  • Remember proper posture and body language, not too relaxed or too stiff
  • Take verbal cues, do not take over the entire conversation or create awkward silence
  • ALWAYS ask questions to express interest, when offered the opportunity
  • Create a thank you letter which you can email, fax, or hand deliver