How to Prepare for An Interview

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This morning was “Match-Day”! So it is only fitting that we tackle a big career topic today – How to Prepare for a Job Interview. While different jobs have slightly different key points for preparation, the concepts are the same. We will give you some tips on making sure that you are ready to make a great first impression, and shine during your interview!

1-Research the company, and the position

The internet is a powerful tool, and has changed the landscape of job interviewing. If you have secured an interview at a company or business, check out their website in advance. Familiarize yourself with their Mission Statement and Vision, and be able to speak to how this matches with your own beliefs and professional goals. 

2-Research your interviewers

Often, you will be interviewing with more than one person. A good rule of thumb is that if you have a one on one interview with a person during the day, you should look them up. If nothing else, look up the hiring manager. If you are interviewing for any job in health care, be sure to check PubMed for any article they may have authored recently. This can tell you a lot about the direction of the institution, the interviewer’s professional viewpoints, and potentially give you some insight into the specifics of the program for which you are interviewing. For example, many institutions publish papers regarding major services they have implemented to improve patient care, and it would speak volumes if you have familiarized yourself with what the institution has done to change the landscape of your field. If you don’t have a membership to PubMed, check Google Scholar for peer reviewed articles. 

3-Self Reflect

Sit down with a list of common, traditional job interview questions (like those linked here) and reflect on some scenarios in your professional life that exemplify the type of employee you are. Over the past 10 years, behavioral interviewing has become much more common, particularly in hospital interviews. Behavioral interviewing is a strategy for asking questions about past experiences to predict future behaviors. If you have ever been asked to “describe a time/scenario/situation when..” you are being asked about your previous experiences, and thus engaging in behavioral interviewing. Ensuring that you address the question, and provide a resolution to the problem or scenario presented is the key to a well-rounded answer. For a list of common behavioral interview questions, follow this link here.

4-Bring Copies of your resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) and business cards or contact information

If you have a resume or CV, it is nice to come prepared with additional copies in the event that the interviewers don’t have it or would like an extra copy. Business cards may seem outdated, but some people (like Leaf 2) hang on to every business card they ever receive, and sometimes reach out at a later date. You never know when you may come across the perfect opportunity to reach out to someone you’ve met along the way!

5-Enter the day with an open mind

Be well prepared and be confident! It is natural to get nervous during an interview, but spending some time preparing in advance will help make the day go as smoothly as possible.

6-Strive for professional appearance

See our previous blog on “What to Wear to Interviews”.

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