The healthcare industry is growing fast. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics lists “healthcare practitioners and technical occupations” and “healthcare support occupations” as the two fastest growing of its 22 job categories. Industry growth means more jobs will be available and prospective employees will have a better chance at getting an interview, which in turns means there has never been a better time to brush up on interviewing tips.
Follow The Basics
A few pieces of basic interviewing advice tend to get repeated so often that they’re practically cliches by now, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have merit. If you have an interview, always make sure to dress professionally and arrive at least a few minutes early. If an unforeseen complication (like sudden car trouble) comes up, be sure to call your interviewer to let him or her know. Even if you have to reschedule, the fact that you had the foresight and initiative to call ahead speaks volumes about you as an employee.
Do Your Research
Before your interview, take some time to look into the hospital or practice. What is their specialty? Have they received any awards or commendations recently? What is their mission statement to patients? Bringing up these specifics shows that you cared enough to learn about the business ahead of time, which in turn shows both work ethic and dedication.
Prepare For Questions
Virtually every interview in any field will ask a handful of generic questions (what your strengths are, what your weaknesses are, how you found out about the job, etc.), but healthcare positions often add a few extras to the mix. According to Monster.com, two of the most common (and also trickiest) medical field interview questions are “Why did you choose this specific branch of the healthcare industry?” and “What do you see as the future of healthcare?” If you really want to shine, make sure you have your answers planned out ahead of time so you can deliver them eloquently and with confidence. In these two cases, the recommendations are to deliver a personal anecdote and to highlight ideas that helped your previous healthcare workplaces succeed, respectively.