Congratulations! You’ve landed an interview! Feels good, doesn’t it?
After all the work you’ve done to get this interview, you want to put your best foot forward! With that in mind, here are a few interview tips for healthcare clinicians!
- Research the Company
Most healthcare companies have an online presence, so take the time to research the company while preparing for an interview. Along with looking at their social media to understand company culture, it is important to look at the company’s mission statement, learn their values and make sure they align with yours. Be prepared to answer questions like how you can help them achieve their company objectives and how you can add value to their healthcare team and patients.
Utilizing social media will give you a heads up of what they stand for and are currently focusing on, as well as issues they find important. As you look over their social feeds write down any questions that you may have about them to let them know you’re interested and engaged. When it comes to interviews “asking is awesome!”
It is likely that most companies utilize social media platforms to screen their future candidates. If you have social media, be sure to clean it up and be professional. Make sure that all your information is up to date and represents you well.
This is the perfect time to update your LinkedIn profile or create one if you don’t already have one. LinkedIn is the best platform to create a professional presence, so you want your profile to be at “All Star” level. Start with a professional photo. Fill in in all the sections completely, include volunteer experience, accomplishments, and interests. Ask past employers, professors and colleagues for endorsements.
- Prepare Documents
Gather your resume, ID, professional license, and any other documentation you think they may want or need.
As you’re preparing, be sure to review your resume. You need to be able to back up any skill, certification, and place of employment or schooling you list. For instance, if you list, “time management skills” or list procedures you’ve performed, be prepared to tell the interviewer exactly how you’ve done this in past jobs and why it is important.
You need to be able to answer questions and give relevant examples for the information that is on the resume you submitted. Take time to think about everything you’ve listed; you never know what you will be asked to give examples of.
- Prep Your References
Most people don’t like surprises, so let your references know they may be contacted. Let your references know you are in the interview process and ask them for permission to give out their information. Take the time to select past employers or colleagues that know your working style and will be your best advocate! While you’re at it, make sure you have their correct contact information. And remember, there’s no harm in going the extra mile.
- Look Sharp
It’s no secret that you want to dress well for an interview, so be prepared! Study the company’s culture to help make an informed decision about what to wear. It is always smart to dress more formal than casual for an interview.
It doesn’t hurt to do a quick search on Pinterest for “interview outfits” or current healthcare trends. Find out what the protocol is for where you are interviewing, and be sure to abide by that protocol. If you need to hide a piercing, make sure you have a clear retainer or figure out another way to hide it before the morning of the interview. If you need to hide a tattoo, make sure your outfit covers it or have an alternate plan.
- Plan Ahead
Avoid the headache the day of the interview and prepare in advance. Start by mapping out the location you are going to and plan for enough time to get their 15 minutes before. If your interview is over the phone or skype, set yourself up in a quiet and non-distractive area. Make sure you have any programs downloaded in advance (Skype, Join.me, Zoom, etc) or the phone number written down to avoid technical difficulties later. Being on time and professional during and after your interview is important. A good night’s rest and a nutritious meal before your interview will help you relax. Set a reminder in your phone to send a follow up email to employer, or better yet a follow up card. If you are applying for a job that is competitive, it is important to stand out!
Now you’re ready. Remember that you’ve made it this far, so the company likes you! Just take a deep breath, answer questions truthfully, and ask questions about the position. Oh, and don’t forget to silence your phone. Not doing so could end in less than favorable odds on your end.
You’ve been smart in your preparations so you can walk into that interview with your head held high and make a great impression!