You studied hard, you worked diligently, remained focused – and finally – graduation. While the completion of an NP or PA program is definitely an accomplishment worth celebrating, it’s only part of your journey to success.
The next phase on your the path is obtaining that dream job. But in order to get there, you’re going to have to go through the “dreaded” job interview process.
NP PA Recruiters wants to help you ace that interview with 7 fantastic interview tips for both NPs and PAs. By being prepared for this final step, all that hard work will help you to get exactly to where you want to go.
Consider the following:
- Prep that resume.
You should take this step before you even get an interview. There are a few major tricks of the trade to get your resume up-to-par including:
- Keep information relevant to the position you are applying for.
- Triple check for grammatical and spelling errors.
- Keep the formatting and fonts professional.
- Don’t forget to use a professional email address. That silly username you had during college isn’t going to cut it.
- Keep it concise. Your resume should ideally be 1-page or 2-pages tops.
- Prepare yourself.
As cliche as it may seem – “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”
While you can’t anticipate every single question that will be asked during the interview, it is still vital that you prepare both answers and documents before an interview. This means having multiple copies of your resume, licenses, and other certificates available for the interviewer(s).
You should also do a brief online search of a few NP, PA interview questions and jot down some responses to practice. Going over the questions and answers will help to build up your confidence, enhance your articulation when delivering your message and generally get you better prepared for the big day.
- Do your research.
Preparation includes having a solid grasp of the employer, what the interview process will include, who you will be speaking with and the requirements of the job.
This is why research plays such a vital role in the interview process. The more informed you are about the employer, your potential co-workers and the job itself, the more effectively you will be able to answer their questions.
You should spend some time going through the organization’s website and through any articles or published material that can be found online.
Another great source of professional information is LinkedIn. You might find a wealth of information on this professional online network including staff members, recognitions the agency has received, their specialized areas and more.
A thorough research of your potential employer can validate your willingness and interest in working for them.
- Recognize your weaknesses.
If you are a new NP or PA program graduate, you may be a bit concerned about your lack of professional working experience – and your interviewer might be as well. However, by touching upon your professional weaknesses in a positive manner, you can help to alleviate their fears, or at the very least, address their concerns while you still have them in front of you.
Letting them know about your related working experiences, clinical hours, work ethic and desire to become a quality NP or PA can help to turn the tide your way.
- Ask meaningful questions.
Asking general questions that can provide you better insight into the organization’s culture and system showcases your genuine interest in the position you are applying for. Of course, you will want to be smart about these inquiries and should thus prepare only 2 or 3 quality questions.
Additionally, avoid asking questions about your pay or benefits on the first interview.
- Dress appropriately.
While this may seem like common sense, it is an absolutely vital rule that you should be following. The reality is our outward appearance – especially in a professional setting- can have a profound effect on the way others view us.
A few basic guidelines for dressing appropriately include:<
- Avoid gaudy jewelry or an overabundance of rings and/or earrings.
- Hide visible tattoos and nontraditional face piercings.
- Avoid eating or smoking right before the interview.
- Men should consider being clean shaven or having a neatly trimmed beard.
- Do not chew gum or candy during the interview.
- Remember that the small things count too.
The interview process involves so much more than the hour or so that you are in front of your interviewer. From the moment you arrive at the clinic/hospital until the moment you are back in your car, you should consider yourself to be in “interview mode”.
Don’t forget these small but meaningful details on interview day:
- Arrive about 10-15 minutes early to the interview so you can complete any additional paper and settle down for a moment.
- Treat everyone you encounter with courtesy and respect. A rude attitude will get you nowhere.
- Remember to stand, smile, and firmly shake hands with interviewers.
- Make eye contact with everyone in the room who is participating in the interview.
- Body language plays a major role in how you come off. Sit up straight, actively listen and nod, and smile when appropriate.
- It’s ok to show your passion for the field, just remember to keep answers as concise as possible.
- Don’t forget to breathe!
NP PA Recruiters understands the potential you hold as a new NP or PA graduate and we are here to help you unlock all those opportunities.
Explore our job listings to get started on the path to a successful medical career. Our recruitment firm is committed to helping you achieve permanent placement in a medical setting nationwide.
Set your sights on the future and give us a call at 956-772-1400 or 214-351-3880 today.