How to prepare for your job interview in healthcare

This Tips posted on 21 March 2019 - 06 : 06

You have obtained your certification and are ready to land your first allied job in healthcare. Or maybe you are already in the field but you want to continue or go up. Getting the job is about happiness, but it is usually the happiness that you create. As the Roman philosopher Seneca so famously said, “Happiness is what happens when preparation takes the opportunity.” So make your own happiness and follow these 10 tips to prepare for your job interview.

1. Investigate the company and the interviewer

One of the great things about entering healthcare is that there is a wide range of employers to choose from. From hospitals and pharmacies to assisted living facilities, every employer has a separate work environment and culture. Do as much research as possible about the company and the person you interview on sites such as LinkedIn, Glassdoor and of course their website. The interviewer will be impressed if you can read a news or company history that you have read on their website and it will show that you are genuinely interested in the company.

2. Tweak your resume

View the job requirements and make adjustments to your resume based on the job. This will increase your chances of rising to the top of the resume stack. BONUS: use words that they use in their job description to show that you are the candidate they are looking for! And make sure you view our resume tips for affiliated health professionals.

3. Anticipate CV questions

Your resume is your first impression on your potential employer. If it leaves question marks, be prepared to answer. Do you have a period of two years in your CV without any experience? That can be a red flag. Don’t worry, because this is not a deal-breaker, just be prepared to explain why. Maybe you were on a sabbatical to travel the world. Or you did some searching for your soul to discover what you really wanted to do. Or maybe you needed two years to concentrate on being a parent. Employers will respect your honesty and the fact that you are marching to the beat of your own drum.

4. Repeat some answers

Prepare a number of answers to questions that you think will come up in the interview. This will vary by position, but here are a few common ones, especially in allied health positions:

Tell me about yourself.
Why were you interested in working here?
What is your greatest strength?
What is your biggest weakness?
Why did you leave your last position?
What are your work goals?
Can you give an example of a time when you worked well in a stressful situation?

5. Make some own questions

Interviews go in two ways. They interview you to see if you fit the job well and you interview them to see if it suits you well. It’s not much different than dating, really. At the end of the interview you will probably be asked: “What questions do you have for me?” Have prepared a number of questions that will help you decide if the position is right for you. Be an active interviewer, not just an interviewee. After all, nobody wants to date someone who only talks about themselves.
6. Plan your outfit

Plan in advance what to wear to eliminate some stress on the interview day. You have already done your research into the working environment, so that you know what to expect. And in many allied health professions, it’s probably scrubs. This should be obvious: don’t wear scrubs! Business clothing is generally safe and formal is always better. Consider a suit or dress suitable for the company that does not fit too closely. Keep jewelry and makeup to a minimum to prevent distractions. And make sure you take the iron out if something is wrinkled.

7. Pack your bag

Prepare everything you need to save time so that you, like your outfit, don’t have to worry about the interview day. Here are some things to consider when packing:

Extra copies of your resume
A list of references
Notepad and pen to take notes
A stain removal pen (just in case!)
Breathing coins (make sure you are done freshening up BEFORE the interview, so the coin in your mouth is not a distraction)
A water bottle

8. Catch a few sleep

A good night’s sleep is important. According to WebMD, if you do not get enough sleep, you will not think so clearly, your emotions can be present everywhere and work performance can suffer (source). Strive for eight hours for an energetic breakfast and make sure that your body and mind are at their best.

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