Great news, you’ve gotten the call and they like you. Now comes the hard part. Interviews can be one of the most nerve-racking things you’ll experience during your professional life. You need to be professional, quick-witted and friendly as you answer a multitude of questions. Though you can’t predict all of the questions you’ll be asked, a majority of job interviews are set up for you to succeed if you are knowledgeable. That said, there is plenty you can do to be prepared.
The interview can be the toughest part of any job search but we’ll help make sure you do your best.
On the Record
An interview can be a lot of different things, especially for an aspiring nurse practitioner or physician assistant. While questions will certainly be part of the process, you should also expect to be tested on your specific skills in real situations. In healthcare, you’re expected to be able to think quickly on your feet, so be sure you’re comfortable with spontaneity.
While that will help determine your ability to work under certain situations, basic questions will be aimed more at learning about you. Your interviewer will want to learn about your past, both professional and educational, and get a better feel for how your experience will determine your future performance. Be sure to highlight your accomplishments, even if they seem small. Employers want to see passion and competence and playing up the highlights of your past work goes a long way towards doing that.
Know the Audience
Study up on the job listing and know the ins and outs of it. While job listings may share titles, you may be looking at different responsibilities or expectations depending on the office. On that same note, learn a little bit about the practice, as being knowledgeable about the people you hope to work with will help you better explain how you hope to fit in.
Never assume anything with your interviewer. While a big part of succeeding is simply being yourself, don’t assume you can be entirely casual. If your interviewer takes things a little more lightly, then you’re free to open up as well, but always display professionalism in an interview.
Lastly, don’t be so nervous. It’s easier said than done for some, but don’t look at an interview as a be-all end-all meeting. You can only control your performance, the rest is out of your hands. Relax, smile and be your smart and capable self.
Helping You Get the Career You Want
At NP PA Recruiters, we strive to make sure that you not only ace the interview, but also get the job. We work to make sure that you present your best self. If you would like to get a leg up in your job search, reach out to us and we’ll get to work.