No matter you are interviewing for a nursing, physician, aide or administrative position within a hospital, you have to do well in the interview to land the job successfully. During the interview, your interviewer will discuss about your educational background, previous working experience in health care field as well as your personal career goals within the field. Highlight your accomplishments and study the history and policies of the organization before heading to the interview.
1. Research on the hospital.
Before you go to the interview, get familiar with the hospital by conducting a thorough research on the hospital. The research should include visiting the hospital’s website to learn about their goals, directions, values, plans, organizational structure, patient base and the positions’ duties. If you are asked why you want to work at this hospital, you should impress the interviewer with your knowledge about the business and give them some insightful answers. The research helps you get a better idea about what skills and personality are required for the position. Additionally, you can investigate the hospital’s economic stability and financial standing so you will see if there is room for your future advancement.
2. Pack all the paperwork and documents.
No matter you are applying as a doctor, aide, nurse or even administrative assistant, you should provide copies of your licenses, certifications and any other documents to prove your qualifications. You may bring extra copies of your resume, reference list and letters of recommendations in case some of the interviewer don’t have them in hand. Bring a pen and paper so you can jot down notes at the interview.
3. Ask proper questions.
Often, you will get a chance to ask your own questions at the end of an interview and you can ask questions about the position and the company. If you want to make a good impression, you should compile a list of questions prior to the interview and take that list with you. The questions can be related with the work environment, for example, if you are applying for a nursing position, you can ask about the nurse to patient ratio. For another instance, if you are interviewing with medical biller position, you may ask what billing software that the financial department is using. Additionally, you can ask about how your job performance is measured or is there any policy that requires you to continue education and training.
4. Stay positive.
You are highly likely to be asked about your previous supervisor or employer and why you left the position. Another relevant question is how you handled conflicts with your previous co-workers. By asking such questions, your interviewer wants to see if you are a positive person. Specifically, you are going to work in a hospital, where customer service is equally important with medical service. Hence, you are required to work well with both your co-workers and the public, often under stress. When you are answering these kinds of questions, please avoid say something bad on your previous employer and co-workers and even though you had bad experience before, you should give specific and truthful answer, and most importantly, you should stay positive and focus on what you have learned to solve problems.
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