Interviewing Tips

 

Interviewing Tips

If you didn’t know better, you may think interviewing is a four letter word! Many describe the process as stressful, exhausting, and painful! But let’s alter your perception a bit! Interviewing is the means to a new opportunity. It opens the door to your future. It is also a two way communication exchange. Not only is the interviewer learning about you, but it’s a process that also allows you to learn more about a potential employer. Following are a few tips to help you embrace the process and present your best self ever!

 

  1. Be prepared. Research the company or healthcare facility prior to your interview. Learn as much as you can about the culture and what it takes to succeed in the environment. Your recruiter will also be a great source of information on who you are interviewing with and the hiring process that is in place.

  2. Take your resume to the interview. Although the resume was most likely sent electronically, be prepared to give the interviewer a copy of your resume.

  3. Arrive 15 minutes early. Make certain you allow for traffic. If possible, do a test run the day before. This will ensure that your directions from mapquest, googlemaps, or your GPS is correct!

  4. Appearance does count! Although today’s world does seem a bit more casual, interview dress is not! Business dress is the appropriate attire. A conservative suit for both men and women is always best. Keep jewelry to a minimum. Wear little or no perfume or cologne. Hair and nails should be neatly groomed. Shoes should be polished. You want the interviewer to focus on you and not what you are wearing.

  5. From the moment you arrive for your interview, greet everyone you meet with a firm handshake and a smile.

  6. Leave your cell phone in the car. No exceptions. This eliminates any possibility of the cell phone ringing during the interview. (How many times have you ‘thought’ you turned it to silent?) And texting or surfing the net while waiting in reception is also not acceptable.

  7. Do not bring in your water bottle or cup of coffee. No chewing gum or candy. No smoking. Body language and eye contact are very important. Sit straight up in your chair. Your purse should be on the floor beside you, not in your lap. Never slouch or look at your watch. This projects the image that you are not interested.

  8. Be prepared to answer the most frequently asked questions:

    -Tell me about yourself.. Make certain you focus on your professional life rather than personal life. Share your career history in a concise, chronological order and focus on your accomplishments.

    -What are your strengths?

    This is the time to sell yourself. Be prepared to communicate what you do best.

    -What are your challenges?

    Be honest. We all have areas in which we can improve. You can turn this into and opportunity to share how you are working on improving these areas.

  9. Most interviewers today use behavioral based interviewing questions. This style of interviewing requires you to give examples of how you handled a ‘specific situation’ in a past position. Be prepared to share past experiences that deal with customer service, leadership, teamwork, management, and self motivation.

  10. If you don’t understand the interviewer’s question, do not hesitate to ask for clarification.

  11. Have a list of questions prepared for the interviewer. Telling the interviewer that he has covered it all, is never an option. You want to show genuine interest in the company. Remember, the interview is a two way process. This is your opportunity to learn as much as you can about the company.

  12. Never ask the salary. This information will be revealed. It may not be communicated until the second or third interview. Asking the salary too early may give the message that you are only interested in a paycheck.

  13. Send a handwritten thank you note immediately following the interview.

  14. If possible, offer to do a working interview. This gives you the opportunity not only to show the potential employer what you can really do, but it also gives you the opportunity to observe day to day operations before you accept a position.