Elements of the Over-The-Top Job Interview
Itâs often difficult enough just getting a job interview, especially when interviewing in a competitive health care career. When you get one, you certainly want to put your best foot forward. Thereâs a lot at stake to the start of your career and your livelihood.
What do you do? How do you wow a prospective health care career employer into hiring you?
What are the things that can put you over the top in an all-important job interview?
Donnell Adair, Graduate Employment Specialist at Concordeâs campus in Portland, Ore., has some tips to help you. Hint: It all comes down to preparation.
Adair said heâs seen countless times where people approach a health care career job interview with the attitude, âI got this.â Thatâs not all bad, but you also must put in the work beforehand doing everything possible to make sure you âgot this.â
âLook up the potential type of interview that could take place,â Adair said. âThat way, you donât fret when you walk into a seven-person panel interview. Research the potential questions you might be asked. This is so important to giving great, detailed, eloquent answers. Why wait to be put on the spot during an interview? Donât take that chance. Do the research now to limit that risk of not being prepared.â
A companyâs mission statement can give you a great idea of what it is all about, Adair said. It helps in forming an idea of how you see yourself fitting in the organization.
âThereâs nothing worse than an employer asking, âWhy do you want to work for this company?â and you not being able to give a clear answer,â he said. âIf you donât see yourself in the company, a hiring manager wonât either.â
However, Adair cautions not to believe you know everything about a health care career company just because youâve done some research. Donât go into an interview acting as though you do.
In a time where we often overlook the formalities of professional dress, it is absolutely important in making a good impression for your health care career interview, Adair said. Many of us are afraid to overdress when itâs usually the opposite and most people underdress.
âThereâs nothing wrong with a tie or a suit jacket,â Adair said. âJust make sure you are clean, neat and modest with colors, accessories, make-up, clothing, fragrances and jewelry. You want the main focus to be on you and your ability to fill the position, not what you did or didnât wear.â
The way you carry yourself can also have a big impact, according to Reina Resnik, Senior Graduate Employment Specialist at Concordeâs campus in Miramar, Fla.
Watch your posture. Donât fidget. Make appropriate eye contact.
âShake hands with a firm, but easy grip; an interview is neither an arm wrestling competition nor a cotillion,â Resnik said. âMake sure to listen carefully and to answer the questions asked by the interviewer. Try to find ways to naturally work in your best selling points during the conversation.â
Everything mentioned previously will all be for naught if you lack confidence, Adair said. You could give perfect answers and prove that youâve done your research on the company, and it will not be impactful without the confidence to back it up.
For our current Concorde students, you have dedicated months in preparation to performing well in your new career field. You have real-world experience to assure you. You also have the support of the Graduate Employment Department
, dedicated to your successful employment and with you through every step of the process.
âWe can help,â Adair said. âGive us a call or stop by and see us. For those not yet in the process of your training or have not decided to come to Concorde yet, know that the Graduate Employment office works with you while you are in school and while you are in your employment search seeking your first opportunity in your new field. It is a lifetime service offered to you as an alumnus of Concorde.â