It’s time for your next step towards your dream career, but before you hop into the field you love, you need to conquer the interview. When people hear the word interview, another word comes to mind – nerves.
An interview can sometimes feel like an interrogation, making you anxious and pressuring you to say off the cuff remarks that may not mean exactly as you had intended. That is why preparing yourself beforehand can be of tremendous help for your first interview.
Let your medical recruitment team at NP PA Recruiters offer you some fantastic interview tips to help you get that dream job.
Tips You Need to Know
A Great Resume Does Wonders
Your resume should be a reflection of your qualifications as a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. Hiring managers and recruiters do not want to wade through error-filled resumes and irrelevant qualifications that won’t help them make their decision.
Keep it simple. Check out our resume tips here.
Be Impressive on Your Phone Interview
Before meeting face-to-face, you might have a phone interview. To impress during this stage of the process, there are a number of things you can do to prepare and make sure you don’t stumble over your words.
- Speak Clearly – Simply enunciating your words and speaking properly can highlight your confidence. Mumbling, using improper speech or slang, or using filler words – such as ‘like’ or ‘um’ – can come off as unprofessional and a big red flag for a potential employer.
- Know Your Qualifications – Keep your resume handy, but don’t just rely on it. Interviews have a tendency to make people nervous, resulting in forgetfulness or simply not thinking straight. During a phone interview, you don’t want to forget what you’re saying but you also don’t want to sound like your reading from a list or a script. Practice going over the important aspects of your qualifications until it sounds smooth and natural.
Practice Makes Perfect
There is no way to know exactly what an interviewer will ask you, but it’s always good to be prepared for what they could ask. Some questions specific to the field include:
- Why do you want to go into this unit/clinic/specialty?
- How do you interact with families and patients?
- Give an example of how you work with physicians and supervisors.
- What type of people do you have the most trouble getting along with in the workplace and how do you handle it?
There are many other examples of job-specific questions that you could use to prepare yourself and a quick Google search will give you a great starting point.
Dress Properly for the In-Person Interview
This tip speaks for itself; for any interview, you want to dress to impress. Professional business is the most appropriate style for an important interview. Some things that would be acceptable for a job interview would be:
- Nice blouse/button-up
- Navy, black, or dark grey slacks
- Dressy shoes/flats
- Light makeup
- Hair up and out of face
- Facial hair trimmed and tamed
A few things that are not acceptable would be:
- Blue jeans
- Heavy makeup
- Graphic t-shirts
- Wild/unkempt hair or facial hair
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions!
Remember, this is not only the time for the potential employer to see if you are a good fit for the job, but also to see if the job is a good fit for you. An interview is the right time for you to gather information so that you can accurately judge whether or not the position is a good fit for your skills, personality, and lifestyle.
The interviewer will also see this as you taking initiative. They could become even further impressed by your “go-getter” attitude, making your chances even better.
Follow-Up After the Interview
Sending a thank you note is courteous and thoughtful. Employers go through many interviews trying to find the right person and a little thanks could really make you stand out from the crowd. This quick note doesn’t have to be a formally written or a physical note at all. It could simply be a quick but professional email addressed to the individual that interviewed you.
Even if you decide that the job is not a fit for you, you should still send a thank you note, thanking them for their time.
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