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.
|No||Job Title||Categories||Date Published|
|1||Laboratory Technician – Construction Materials Testing – Pennoni – Bethlehem PA||Engineering||23 Jul 2019 @ 01:03|
|2||Civil Engineering Drafting Technician II – City of Baltimore, MD – Baltimore MD||Construction||23 Jul 2019 @ 01:00|
|3||Training Events Administrator – National School Project – Whittier CA||Management||23 Jul 2019 @ 00:46|
|4||Inventory Control Specialist – Northwest Cosmetic Labs – Idaho Falls ID||Inventory||23 Jul 2019 @ 00:43|
|5||Front Desk Coordinator – Part Time – Brooks Rehab Healthcare Plaza Clinic – Brooks Rehabilitation – Jacksonville FL||Insurance||23 Jul 2019 @ 00:40|
|6||Educational Sales Consultant for the state of Wisconsin – Custom Education Solutions – Milwaukee WI||Education||23 Jul 2019 @ 00:36|
|7||Packer 1 – FI-USA902 – Kathleen GA||Warehouse||22 Jul 2019 @ 22:57|
|8||Packer 1 – FI-USA902 – Canton OH||Warehouse||22 Jul 2019 @ 22:57|
|9||Training and Development Specialist – Student Quarters – Atlanta GA||Training||22 Jul 2019 @ 22:52|
|10||Data Entry Operator – Le Divine Collection – Chicago IL||Customer Service||22 Jul 2019 @ 20:13|
|11||Call Taker – Santa Fe Tow Service – Lenexa KS||Customer Service||22 Jul 2019 @ 20:12|
|12||Quality Engineer – GKN Aerospace – Sumner WA||Aviation||22 Jul 2019 @ 19:45|
|13||Sr. Materials Planner – New Belgium Brewing Company – Fort Collins CO||Supply Chain||22 Jul 2019 @ 19:40|
|14||Barista – The Coffee Tree Roasters – Pittsburgh PA||Retail||22 Jul 2019 @ 19:37|
|15||Children’s Advocate at Laura’s House – Laura’s House – Ladera Ranch CA||Real Estate||22 Jul 2019 @ 19:31|
|16||Development Associate–Special Events – Maymont Foundation – Richmond VA||Real Estate||22 Jul 2019 @ 19:30|
|17||Purchasing Analyst – Toyota – Saline MI||Procurement||22 Jul 2019 @ 19:26|
|18||Professional Healthcare Representative, Internal Medicine (Team 3) – Stockton, CA – Pfizer – CA||Marketing||22 Jul 2019 @ 18:27|
|19||Front Desk Receptionist – Naperville Integrated Wellness – Naperville IL||Hotel||22 Jul 2019 @ 18:23|
|20||Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Epidemiologist – Wired People Inc. – Tampa FL||Health Care||22 Jul 2019 @ 18:21|