We do our best to thoroughly prepare you, and hope that you will ask questions and let us know about any concerns you may have along the way. Here are some easy steps to follow in preparing for your interview:
Prior to your Interview
- Double-check with your recruiter concerning the time and location of the interview.
- Learn as much as possible about the healthcare facility, position, and hiring manager.
- Prepare a list of questions for the hiring manager.
- Confirm all travel, lodging and other relevant arrangements.
Common Interview Questions
Every interview question should be taken seriously even if it seems routine. An interviewer will evaluate your reaction, and response, to each question. Typical interview questions will definitely include some of the following, so be prepared with answers:
- Why would you like to work with us?
- Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
- Why should you be hired for this position?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What can you tell us about your previous work experience?
- Do you prefer working with others, or by yourself?
- Have you encountered any major problems, and if so, how did you handle them?
- If you had the choice of a good boss, or a good salary, which would you choose?
- What are your future goals?
- What are your hobbies?
- How do you think a peer would describe you?
- What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?
- Can you take instructions without getting upset?
- Have you ever been fired from a job?
- What motivates you?
Telephone interviews are becoming more and more a fact of life, so it is extremely important to be as well prepared for them as you would be for a face-to-face interview. Not only that, but a telephone interview could be your only chance to make an impression, since many companies are using them to evaluate whether or not to invest in a face-to-face meeting with you. Be prepared when the phone rings.
- Have a list of questions and comments about the facility and the position, along with a copy of your resume, posted next to the telephone.
- Follow-up with your recruiter immediately after the interview.
Face to Face Interviews
Dress for Success
First impressions are lasting ones, so be sure you make a good one. Along with a professional, confident and sincere attitude, a firm handshake, and eye contact, your attire often speaks volumes. Here are some suggestions:
Dressing tips for women
- Suits and dresses are still the best option.
- Wear neutral colors. Navy, black, and gray are always appropriate.
- Make-up and jewelry should be conservative, not distracting.
- Have well-groomed fingernails.
- Make sure that you have something else to wear for return interviews. Mix and match pieces of clothing to create different outfits.
Dressing tips for men
- A basic business suit is the best option.
- Navy, gray, shadow plaids and tweeds are the best choices for color.
- Wear well-pressed traditional cotton shirts.
- Wear a good quality, 3 to 3 1/4 inch wide tie.
- Wear a classic, well-polished shoe.
In addition, make sure that you have developed a personal mission statement in response to the request to “Tell me about yourself.” This should include your love for the job, your fiscal acumen, problem solving skills, team attitude, and customer service approach to surgeons. And last but not least, always carry additional copies of your resume on good paper for unexpected interviewers.
Interview Thank You Letters
With regard to follow-up thank you letters, typed or handwritten notes are still widely accepted. Always write a brief note expressing your gratitude for the opportunity to interview and expressing again your desire to work for the facility, and why!
Resigning With Style A resignation letter to your current employer should include several components in order to avoid conflicts, or counter offers.
- Regardless of your attitude toward your current situation, the best way to resign is to be positive, firm, and enthusiastic about your career move.
- Remember, all contact with this company does not end with your resignation; it is important to leave on good terms to ensure yourself a positive reference.
- Do not spell out the reasons you are leaving your present employer.
- Make sure to thank your current employer for the opportunities and experience they have provided you.
- Mention that your decision has been thought out and is not up for negotiation.
- Never express any dissatisfaction with the company, or fellow employees.