It’s always important to make a good impression in a job interview, but if you’re in the habit of taking contract positions, you may find yourself interviewing a little more often. As a medical professional, you may feel intimidated by this prospect, especially if you’ve just graduated or haven’t sought a new position in some time. But don’t worry! These interviews are your opportunity to highlight your unique experience and demonstrate how qualified you already are for the position.
Here, we’ve compiled our favorite tried-and-true ways to ensure that ace your next interview in the medical field. Candidates who have employed these strategies in the past have always been on the top of the call-back list.
Do your Research
Always do as much research as possible about the position and organization you are applying to before your interview. Review the job description carefully and be prepared to outline how your experience makes you the perfect fit for that position. The better informed you are about the functions and duties of the role, the better you will be able to tailor your responses to the interview questions to demonstrate why you’re the right person for the role.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Especially if you’re nervous before interviews, it can often help to practice beforehand. Get a friend or colleague to do a practice interview or two with you a few days before your real one, so that you can practice answered standard interview questions. This will help ease some of your jitters before the big day—and give your confidence a boost.
Present with Polish
While many aspects of interviewing in the healthcare industry may be unique, you can’t go wrong with some of the old interview standbys—and that includes personal presentation. It should go without saying that you’ll want to come to your interview dressed in a professional suit or skirt, well-groomed, and generally looking polished and put together. Even if you’ll spend every day of the job in scrubs, it’s essential to turn up in your best for the interview.
Stay Industry Informed
As you research potential employers and positions you might be interested in pursuing, it’s worth familiarizing yourself with current healthcare industry trends. From healthcare insurance to patient advocacy, you’ll want to be able to hold your own on hot topics in the medical world. Many hiring managers will want to know that you are able to stay on top of the trends in a continuously progressing field.
Since technology has seen a huge surge in implementation across the medical field in recent years, your skills with technology are now a great selling point. During your interview, make sure to highlight any experience you may have with the latest tools and informatics. This will help you stand out from other candidates and highlight a skill that most hiring managers in these fields are desperately looking to find.
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