You’ve found the job of your dreams and you are waiting to be interviewed. A few tips for a successful job interview can increase your chances of landing the job you want.
Present yourself as a professional
When you are interviewing for your first healthcare position, you are no longer a student. There are a number of ways you can present yourself as a professional who is ready for this position.
Regardless of your age, avoid a casual approach. This is not the time for jeans and t-shirts, or slang that you use with your friends. Do not bite your nails or make jokes. Dress and behave as a medical professional.
Communicate that you like people
Interviewers do not want to hear that you are applying for the job simply because you need money. While this is true in any workplace, it is especially important in the healthcare field.
Regardless of the specific job, you will play an important role in many people’s lives. You will be dealing with patients, patients’ families, and other healthcare employees every day. You should truly enjoy working with people and communicate this in your job interview.
Be honest about your experience
If you have recently graduated, you may think you do not have enough experience to mention during the interview. You probably have more experience than you realize, and it can help you get the position.
Start with your training and education. Let the interviewer know how you benefited from your classes, and how much you learned. If you received excellent grades or any special recognition, do not be afraid to talk about your accomplishments.
Life experience can count when you want to work in healthcare. Perhaps you provided care to an elderly relative, volunteered at a community center, or took care of young children. These are a few examples of experiences that will be relevant when you want the job.
Be confident in yourself and your abilities
No one wants to hire a person who boasts and brags, but confidence is different. When you are confident, it is impossible for the interviewer to not notice. He or she will see you are knowledgeable, capable, and intelligent. The interviewer will see that you are the person who should be hired.
Be prepared for questions
During an interview, you will be asked questions. Although you cannot foresee many questions in advance, you need to be ready to answer. Unless a question is especially difficult, you need to answer promptly and truthfully. If you do not understand a question, do not hesitate to ask for clarification.
You should ask questions too
While the interview itself will help the interviewer decide if he or she wants to hire you, it is not only based on your answers. You will show that you are interested by asking questions.
The best questions to ask are related to the work you will be expected to do, and what an average work day will be like in the healthcare facility. When you present yourself as genuinely interested, you are more likely to be hired.
Healthcare facilities have many applicants. Many do not get as far as an interview. Start with these tips to make the most of this opportunity. This job interview may be your first step to your first position in healthcare.