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Getting the Perfect Job Pt. 2: Mastering the Interview

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Our three-part series to help you land the perfect job as an integrative practitioner continues with an in-depth look at interviewing. If you missed our first installment on finding a position and writing your resume, click here to read more.

As with most things in the healthcare field, the interview process is often structured in two parts, beginning with a phone interview and followed by an in-person interview. Both are very important in showing your employer who you are and why you are the best fit for the position. With the proper preparation, the interview becomes a simple step to your new career.

Pre-Interview Prep

  • Research your potential employer
    Research corporate culture, values, financial stability and potential growth. It will also help to understand the interview process.
  • Have references ready
    Have a minimum of three names with their titles, company, dates you worked for them, email and phone number ready. Learn how to get the most out of your references HERE.
  • Plan your route and attire
    Know how long it will take you to get to your interview and plan to arrive 10 minutes early. Clarify where you will need to meet your potential employer. A few days beforehand, be sure to check that your professional attire is clean, neat and pressed if needed.
  • Rehearse your answers
    Look into common interview questions and have your answers ready. View a few HERE with sample answers.
  • More ideas

The Phone Interview

  • Remove distractions
    Take the call in a quiet area with minimal distractions so you can focus and your interviewer can here you.
     
  • Be alert, attentive and ready to answer questions
    This is your first opportunity to show your employer who you are.
  • Take notes
    Write down the name and contact information of who you are talking to ask well as any information you feel is important concerning the position.
  • Be prepared to commit to a follow-up interview
    Have your calendar on hand to take advantage of the momentum of your interview.

The In-Person Interview

  • Be prompt and thorough
    Arrive 10 minutes early and bring extra copies of your resume (or CV) and reference contact information.
  • Use examples
    Use your experiences to your advantage. Consider preparing a list of your achievements, setbacks, positive & negative attributes, and professional goals to help you guide your discussion.
  • Remember your body language
    A little confidence goes a long way. Learn more about proper body language HERE
  • Ask questions
    Yes, interviews go both ways! You want to make sure the position is right for you. For some ideas, click HERE.

Or The Virtual Interview

  • Test your technology
    At least 30 minutes before your interview, test your computer, internet speed, the camera and mic. Is your picture grainy or any echos? Being caught off guard will throw you off your game and possibly cause them to question whether you are the right candidate for the job.

  • Set up your work station
    Find a room in your house with little distractions that is well lit. Make sure everything in the camera field of vision is clean. The best background is a blank wall.
  • Remember your body language
    Even if you are at your computer, still follow the tips from above. Sitting up straight and keeping your eye on the camera when talking is important.
  • Dress professionally
    Even though you are still at home, you should look professional to show you are serious about the position.

Follow Up

  • Write a thank you
    A hand-written note two days after your interview is ideal, though email will do if necessary. It provides an opportunity to show courtesy as well as emphasize your strengths and enthusiasm. Learn more about what to include HERE.

Additional Interview Questions and Tips from The Healthcare Initiative

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