Many people aspire to work in the field of medicine – be it as a doctor, nurse, radiologist, physical therapist and so on. It is a beneficial job as well as a fulfilling one. Each year, thousands upon thousands of job applicants in the field of medicine compete against each other.
To make it through the interview process, one must come prepared, just like in combat. Don’t allow one single mistake to make you miss out on your chance of landing that much coveted job in the medical field.
Just like in any other job interview, one must come prepared. Put your thinking cap on and start by doing a research online about the hospital or institution you are hoping to work for. Find out the following information:
- Are they a specialist hospital?
- Is it a financially stable hospital or do they rely on funds from the government and other institutions?
- What is their reputation like? If it’s a well known hospital in your area, ask people you know what their experiences were – good and bad.
- If you know of anyone who works there, it would be good if you could get an inside opinion of the way things are run, or the way things are like, especially when it comes to salary and benefits.
Some people forget to plan ahead especially when it comes to logistics and leave it to chance. When it comes to job interviews, this is a big no-no. You must cover all your ground from what to wear and how to get there.
Make a check list of the following:
- Copy of your CV (and another extra one just in case they ask for it).
- Check your CV with plagiarism checker, try to make it original.
- Copy of other papers they might be asking from you (e.g. school credentials).
- Make sure you have a list of reference available, including contact information in case they ask for it during the interview process.
- Know your route even if it’s familiar to you. If not, make sure you know how to get there before hand. If you’re planning to take public transportation make sure you have ample time for accidents to happen (e.g. missing the bus, no taxis available or traffic).
- Make sure you have a professional-looking outfit to wear on the interview. You can never go wrong with a business suit or for women, formal pants with a blazer in conservative colors no matter what kind of position you are applying for. Make sure you don’t over-accessorize.
Practice Makes Perfect
It’s good to come across as confident during the job interview. To achieve this, it will help if you are prepared to answer some questions ahead of time. Seek the help of someone you trust to ask you some questions that may or may not come up in the interview. If not sit in front of the mirror and answer the following questions:
- Have you always seen yourself working in the medical profession?
- Do you consider yourself a good candidate for this position?
- Why does this job appeal to you?
- Why do you want to work in our institution or hospital?
- How do you handle stress?
If you’re able to answer the above questions confidently without appearing too arrogant, you might just have reason to celebrate later.