It’s Showtime (Interviewing)

Don’t assume your skills and experience speak for themselves.  You have to do the talking to convince employers you are the best fit for their practice, hospital or system. Do research so you can ask intelligent—and relevant—questions.  You are there to find out about the position and the site as much as they are there to find out about you.

  • Dress appropriately, in a conservative business suit.  Flashy clothes may signal to those hiring that they can’t afford you.  Clothes that are too casual may insult the interviewer or give the impression you don’t take the position seriously.
  • Know something about the facility or practice, so you can inquire specifically and intelligently.  Not: “I hear you are doing interesting research here.”  
  • Be ready with 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.  Try to turn it into a positive—i.e., how you are working to shore up the deficiency or turn it into a strength— without sounding contrived.
  • Be courteous to everyone, from the receptionist to the nurses, administrative staff, midlevel providers, technicians… everyone.  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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