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Interview Tips

Interviewing is an art. Whether you interview inside or outside of a hospital or medical facility, the steps to success are the same. In order to sell your unique product (YOU!), you need to know all of your attributes: skills, interests, aptitudes, experience, achievements and values. Then you need to listen to your interviewer's wants and show how you can assist them in meeting that goal.



Even with some practice role playing, you will be nervous. That's natural because this is an important conversation and some anxiety about its outcome is to be expected.

  • Relax! Take a deep breath, remind yourself of your career successes and think of what you have to offer this organization! Describe your abilities and assets in relation to the job you want. This will more than likely impress the interviewer and help you to be more relaxed and confident.

  • Emphasize the positive and indicate that you could contribute to the organization. Don't volunteer weaknesses, but be prepared to discuss what limitations you have, and more importantly, what you are doing or have done to improve them.

  • Arrive early. This is critical! Lateness can leave a lasting negative impression. Have enough time to collect your thoughts and make a final check of your appearance in a mirror. This will lessen your nervousness and help you to feel prepared and more relaxed.

  • Dress appropriately. You should look the part you wish to play. Dressing "conservatively" is advised, and most often means a suit for men and suit or professional looking attire for women. Minimize jewelry, make-up and overpowering fragrances.

  • Be confident. Once in the interview, avoid excessive gesturing, eye contact with the floor instead of the interviewer and poor posture that may indicate a lack of enthusiasm or interest.

  • Conversation goes both ways. Try to think of the interview as a conversation, an exchange of information. Though it tends to be more formal than most, establishing rapport with the interviewer and having a sense of humor can be as important as communicating the ability to make sound decisions and having a fistful of credentials. Having poise and confidence definitely counts.

  • Be prepared to answer certain significant questions about yourself. Know what questions you want to ask the prospective employer regarding training programs, new products, services or clientele, general working conditions, etc. Research the organization ahead of time, so you already know some of these answers and use the interview to find out more. You'll score more points with the interviewer if you already know something about the organization and the kind of position you want. Knowing little about either is an instant turn off. 

While each interview will be different, the average is 45 minutes in length with three key parts: small talk, down to business, and next steps. In each part, the interviewer is getting key information to make a decision about your skills, experience, and interested based on the job. Your goal is to be doing about 50 to 70 percent of the talking.


Small Talk

  • First 5 minutes of an interview.

  • Interviewer is getting a first impression about your professional appearance, likeability, confidence and your comfort in building a relationship.

  • Non-verbal communication such as a warm smile, handshake, eye contact and posture are all cues in creating a positiv impression.

Down to Business

  • The interviewer will ask questions about your experience and to share specific examples.

  • Then more questions about personality, style, accomplishments and initiatives.

  • Told about job responsibilities

  • You will be asked if you have any questions.

  • At the end of this portion of the interview be sure to add any information you would like to share, summarize your understanding of the job and express interest.

Next Steps

  • Ask about next steps and the best way to follow up.

  • Ask for a business card.

  • Send a thank you letter.

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