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.
A few days before your interview, start mentally preparing for what you will say. Rehearse it in your mind so you feel ready to respond naturally.
1. 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 that you are interested and provide opportunities for you to demonstrate how you can contribute to their future growth.
2. 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 have less experience and think about other skills you have that will help you with those tasks.
- Identify some key factors about the job that interest you.
3. Review the resume and cover letter you submitted, along with any correspondence they sent in response:
- Try to identify what that saw that interested them.
- Make notes of any special skills or outside interests that may be related to their needs.
- Print extra copies of your resume to bring with you.
4. Prepare descriptions of your best work:
- Write out brief, concise examples of your best 3 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.
5. Think about what you will wear and have at least 2 options cleaned and ready. Choose clothes that are flattering, professional, and will not distract the interviewer:
- Quiet, well matched colors, simple styles
- 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
- 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 personal look. Once you get the job, you can express your personal style more.
The night before:
- Check the route to where you are going, and prepare to leave at least 20-30 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.
Last updated 9/21/19.