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Tips for Clinicians Who Are Preparing for a Job Interview

If you are looking for your first job — or a new job — here are some tips on how to prepare to shine when you meet your next potential employer.

If you are looking for your first job — or a new one — here are some tips on preparing to shine when you meet your next potential employer.

A few days before your interview, mentally prepare for what you will say. Rehearse it in your mind so you feel ready to respond naturally.

Look at the Organization’s Website

  • Review their mission statement to learn their main values.
  • Read their press releases of research developments, awards, and future plans.
  • Learn their therapeutic specialties, clinics, and departments.
  • Check staff bios to see how you would fit in.

Mentioning your knowledge of the organization during the interview will show interest and provide opportunities to demonstrate how you can contribute to their future growth.

Review the Job Description

  • Highlight every job requirement and write down how you meet it.
  • Review your resume to show how you meet “preferred” and “desired” criteria.
  • Look for areas in which you need more experience, and think about other skills you have that will help you with those tasks.
  • Identify some key factors about the job that interests you.

Review the Resume and Cover Letter You Submitted

  • Also review any correspondence they sent in response.
  • Try to identify what they saw that interested them.
  • Make notes of any special skills or outside interests related to their needs.
  • Print extra copies of your resume to bring with you.

Prepare Descriptions of Your Best Work

  • Write concise examples of your three best cases, why they were challenging, and how you handled them.
  • Write a description of what you love best about your current medical job.
  • Write down a goal statement of what interests you for the future and what you would like to accomplish.

Consider What You Will Wear

  • Have at least two options cleaned and ready.
  • Choose clothes that are flattering, professional, and will not distract the interviewer.
  • Avoid loud fabrics, colors, or patterns — don’t go for trendy or revealing.
  • Dress for the job you are going to have, not the one you already have — but no uniforms.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • When in doubt, dress up a bit rather than down.
  • Never wear casual home clothes to an interview — no jeans or t-shirts.
  • Keep hair clean and neat.
  • Minimize jewelry.

The goal is for your qualifications to stand out, not your look. Once you get the job, you can express your style more.

The Night Before

  • Check the route to where you are going, and prepare to leave at least 20 to 30 minutes extra to get there.
  • Assemble any information you will need to complete forms.

The Day Of

  • Eat something healthy at least an hour before.
  • Arrive early and review your notes.
  • Relax and smile at everyone you meet.

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