Acing the Medical Job Interview

Medical job interviews not only involve an assessment of the professional qualifications. The interviewee is also evaluated by the interviewer for other qualities which are necessary for a healthcare workforce. This brings in a sense of uncertainty for the candidate who is going in for the job interview. Let us break some common myths or misconceptions associated with a medical job interview.

Creating a stressful interview — usually it is not a good practice to put the interviewee under stress during an interview. Although many a times the candidate may feel the interview to be stressful due to the strong personality of the interviewer or because of the senior position of the interviewer. Also sometimes stress may be caused by a practical evaluation.

Nervousness can spoil the interview — it is completely natural for anyone to feel a bit stressed and nervous. You should this nervous energy to perform better at the interview. For whatever position a candidate may be applying a little nervousness can rather help the candidate and avoid the mistakes of being over confident. The interviewee will notice, how you overcome your nervousness and give suitable responses to the interview questions.

Interviewer wants to know your life story — many candidates end up answering a story to the question of tell something about yourself. It is not necessary that you start from birth onwards. The interview board is keen to know about your professional history. If they have any specific questions about your personal life, they will ask you.

Prepare too rigidly for a certain set of questions — yes there may be a certain set of routine questions, which the interviewer will certainly ask, but it is not necessary that they will follow your script. They might throw a curveball at you and if you have provisioned to prepare for other set of questions also you can impress the selection panel. Thus, you should prepare from the overall perspective of the role, the departmental posting, the deliverables and such. It is good to prepare for a highly structured scenario, but it is better to be prepared for some exceptions.

Not preparing extra answers to information provided on resume — the questions that the interviewer will ask would be sourced from the information shared on the resume. You should utilize this opportunity to pitch the skills associated with the vacancy and tie it up with your previous experience and acquired qualification. You can describe your distinguishing strengths and highlight the benefit to the company by hiring you. They might ask you questions that are mentioned in the resume but due to lack of time they missed reading that part about you. So it is best recommended to prepare answers from your resume.

References are not important — in a service oriented field, references are very crucial to any selection. Human resource department employs the practice of doing a reference check to ensure the authenticity of the candidate’s experience and such. Provide references of your professional contacts who can help you with the job. They should impress upon your good professional qualities and not speak adversely of you.

So here are some quick tips to perform well in the medical job interview.

Fusco Browne Healthcare is a nurse and healthcare assistants recruitment agency for UK. We aim to link the best of candidates with employment providers who need their services

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