The path that you must follow to become a certified billing and coding specialist is littered with a series of actions that you must follow. One of these actions includes you studying for and taking the medical billing and coding AAPC exam.
Once this path has been cleared the next step will be passing your interview with the prospective employer. Granted you will still need to hear back from the employer once you have had your interview, passing the AAPC exam and being contact for an interview is a very good step in the right direction.
Just as you made the necessary preparation to take the exam, you will need to assert the same enthusiasm in preparing for your interview day. Once you have essentially passed your interview you will be well on your way of starting a rewarding career in a high demand field.
Below you will find some tips on how to prepare for your medical billing and coding interview:
Tip #1: Preparing your resumeWhen you are preparing your resume ensure that all of your health related work, skills, abilities are in clear view. Your resume will be the employer’s first impression of you and you can only make a first impression once so you need to get right to the point through your resume.
It is found that some people will create these long drawn out resumes that an employer would have to search through to find the information they are looking for (which is generally the information place in the ad to begin with).
Since many employers will have a bundle of resumes to go through, it is generally stated that an employer will take less than a minute to skim through a resume so keep the important stuff first. Some other places to highlight on your resume include education, work experience, certifications and licenses as they pertain to the position you are applying for.
Tip #2: Strategy and Confidence
Just as you would with other job interview sessions, medical billing and coding employers will require that as a potential employee you maintain your honesty. When discussing your background steer the focus to your skills and to how you can use your abilities to perform the duties expected of you for that position.
Draw on your past work experience to explain how you utilize your skills, your interviewer may ask this of you so be prepared.
Tip # 3 Be PreparedNEVER show up for an interview with your potential employer unprepared. For example, if they make a reference to a portion of your resume that they would like for you to elaborate on and you do not have a copy of resume to reference then what would that tell them?
Some other areas you will need to ensure that you are prepared include:
• Your appearance
• Attitude or mind-set
• The way you communicate
Stay focused on the questions that you are being asked, sometimes an employer will throw in a question that was designed to test how committed you are to the potential position as well as your integrity.