Lesson 9: Interviewing and Site Visits
Put your best foot forward
Don’t assume your skills and experience speak for themselves. You need to let employers know you are the right person for their practice, hospital or system, while also making evaluating the position, team and facility so that it is the right fit for you. You are there to find out about the position and the site as much as they are there to find out about you.
It’s your time to shine, so dress in a business suit to show you take the interview and the position seriously. Remember, though, that flashy clothes may signal to those hiring that they can’t afford you.
Here are some tips for making the most out of your interviews and site visits:
- Do research on the facility beforehand so you can ask specific questions and get to know the team on a deeper level. Good questions to ask include:
- Practice your answers to typical questions:
- Why do you want to join us?
- What do you bring to the practice/facility/research project?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses? This one can be tough, but it’s a good time to highlight your ability to learn from your mistakes and what you’re doing to improve.
- Be courteous to everyone, from the receptionist and administrative staff to the midlevel providers and nurses. Their feedback is often important and solicited by the decision makers.
- Pay attention to how you communicate. Make eye contact, shake hands firmly, use the interviewers’ names in the conversation. All this will send a message about how you communicate with peers and patients.
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