Okay, so I have my 3rd interview with an orthopedic physician on Monday (he is the guy I could potentially be working for). I am "competing" for the position with another girl, as we were the top two chosen out of about 20-30 interviews.
I feel that I have always conducted myself well during interviews, but of course there is room for improvement. I googled ways to "nail an interview" but I thought maybe you ladies would have other suggestions - perhaps some of you have interviewed candidates before and you have favorite things that really stand out to you.
Can ya help me out? Thank you!!
P.S. I am already a pro at 'thank you for interviewing me' cards.
I recently interviewed applicants for a Para position in my classroom. That was my first time being on that end of the interview and it was almost as nerve-wracking! lol
One of the applicants talked entirely too much and I felt like she was running the interview. I ruled her out for that reason alone. If you don't even know me and you're talking my ear off I can only imagine how chatty you'll be when you know me better. No thanks. So my advice would be to answer the question but don't ramble. More isn't always better.
Another applicant was so nervous she couldn't even answer my questions. That concerned me, because I needed someone that was quick on their feet. Fight through your nerves and be able to talk about your work history and education without fumbling.
The applicant I chose was polite, a little reserved, but able to answer all of my questions without hesitation. She was nervous (she broke out in hives during the interview! lol) but she was real. I appreciate honesty and a genuine person. Just be yourself and good luck!
I helped hire people for internship programs at a medical/biological research company. I can definitely second the rambling thing. It sounds like you clearly already are good at the interview process. I did the first batch of interviews while the lab directors did the final interviews so I didn't have to be so picky. Companies love behavioral questions now a days and your ability to come up with a clear, concise and articulate answer is always impressive. So many people get very flustered with those questions and either shut down or talk waaay too much.
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I am in the process of interviewing for a couple of positions in my dept. I have been most impressed with those who have researched our clinic beforehand. When I asked them what prompted them to seek employment with us, and they responded with specific interests regarding what services we offer, it really left an impression on me.
Don't ask what the pay rate is at the interview! Please! Wait until an offer is made to you or until they ask you for your salary expectations.
I also think a key is researching where you are going. I have interviewed so many people for jobs on our website and they didn't even look at it first! Very annoying.
Also the one trick I know is that if they ask you that question about what your weaknesses are, then you tell them about a weakness you USED to have and what you have done to overcome it.
Sounds like you interview well already. I am a terrible interview! But I have interviewed a lot of people for jobs I had available, I've seen quite the range. Oh and be sure to have a few questions about the place where you'll be working, if the person asks "any questions?" you want to have something to say.
One of my weaknesses was allowing coworkers to be lazy, and asking me to do something and I always said yes. I finally started to say no, because unless they were clearly swamped with patients/tasks or not feeling well, there was no reason to pass their work off to me.
I mean, could I mention that? Or is that not a very good thing to say?
Thanks for the advice so far, ladies.
I don't think you want to be talking about your coworkers being lazy, though. Not a good topic at a job interview! Maybe it's more that you were taking on too much, and you overcame it by learning to delegate and trust in your co-workers' ability to come through. That way it has a more positive spin and you're not calling anyone lazy.
I agree. Don't talk smack on any old co-workers or employers. They'll think you could be a potential drama queen.
Yes, you definitely have to have an answer for the weakness question. I agree that speaking about a past fault and how you overcame it is a good thing. Maybe something like you had a set list of goals each morning of things you wanted accomplished that day at work. But you found you were almost asking too much of yourself in one day, so to remedy this, you completed tasks that HAD to be done that day first, then moved on to other goals as time permitted.
That shows that you are goal-oriented, hard working, committed, and that you go above and beyond for the good of the practice.
If they ask about your professional goals (where do you see yourself in 5 years), be sure to taylor your answer to include where you are interviewing. This is also where researching the company beforehand will come in handy.
Another thing about the weakness question is making your weakness (or past weakness0 sound as if it reallyisn't one. If you are going to go with the "taking on too much" answer, then tweak it to sound as if it is a potential positive and not as if you can't delegate well. so maybe say it more like "I am quite the perfectionist and it used to cause me to take on too much in order to make sure it was done right." Something like that.
And I agree 100% NO dishing on past co-workersand do your research.
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