That first interview after graduation can be a bit terrifying. That’s why your professional medical recruiters here at NP PA Recruiters would like to give you some helpful advice.
Take a deep breath, exhale, and read this blog post to give you the edge you need to truly nail that interview. Believe us when we tell you, you’ll want to bookmark this page.
1. Think of the interview as a mission to get intel on the practice.
Considering an interview in this light somewhat lessens the anxiety you may be feeling. Essentially, an exchange of information occurs between you and the practice or hospital you are applying to.
The practice is looking to see if your skill set will match their needs and you should be looking to see if you will be the right fit for the position. The only way you can do this is if you engage with the hiring manager and ask questions.
2. Draft your own questions before the interview.
This entails a little homework before the interview. A quick Google search can pull up information on the practice you will be interviewing at. Be sure to familiarize yourself with your potential employer including the specifics of the job description, all of the job responsibilities, and your would-be reporting hierarchy.
Then, make a list of all the questions that would be relevant to ask the hiring manager. Some types of questions to ask include:
- What benchmark or other types of criteria will be used to evaluate my performance?
- What details can you relay about the role and its specific responsibilities?
- Will I be working with other nurse practitioners/physician assistants in this department?
- Can you describe the orientation and hiring processes that new NP or PA trainees go through?
- Will there be potential learning opportunities?
All in all, preparing questions before the interview shows that you have an interest in this role, and that is sure to leave a positive impression on the interviewer.
3. Put your pride aside and accept that the role may be new to you.
No one expects you to be an expert and that’s alright.
Your interviewer may understand that you have limited work experience. You’ll have plenty of hours of student clinical rotations under your belt but that doesn’t mean that you have enough proficient clinical experience.
The best thing that you can do is acknowledge that fact. Don’t dwell on it though. Your interviewer will want to know about the attributes you will bring into this role, like your passion, patience, ability to learn, and your effective communication skills.
Let them know what you bring to the table by citing a few examples from previous work experiences or experiences encountered during your student clinical rotations that highlight these attributes and show that you are a team player who adapts quickly.
4. Embracing the job is embracing the future.
This role that you are applying for likely won’t be the final stop of your NP or PA career pathway.
It is important, however, that when submitting applications at a practice that you skip the “shotgun approach”. This means that you don’t apply to as many jobs as you can within the practice. Your hiring manager/interviewer may get the impression that you aren’t really looking for any particular job but just want some sort of job.
Apply to only one position in the practice and research your entire career pathway beforehand from the time you start working to whatever other specialty field you want to get in to. Relay this to your interviewer to inform him or her of your intentions.
5. Practice with a mock interview.
Last, but not least, practice.
This process can be as simple or as complex as you would like, but more importantly, strive for a more realistic interview.
Many campus career centers offer you the ability to sign up for a mock interview with a career counselor. Taking advantage of this service gives you a sense of what to expect during the interview, and practicing the interview can help pinpoint any weak areas in your responses, giving you the opportunity to fix them beforehand.
With these five tips, you’ll feel less anxiety and much more confidence for your next interview. If you have yet to start your journey, take that first step by looking at our job board or by contacting us today at (956) 772-1400 or (214) 351-3880.