The interview process might be one of the more nerve-wracking parts of getting a new job. Whether you’re interviewing for a travel position or for a permanent position, the process is the same. A hiring manager is looking at you as a potential recruit for their facility. They want to know you’ll represent their hospital well, provide good care to their patients and be an asset to their community.
Knowing what rides on these interviews may make it difficult to think clearly and speak coherently. When you work with a recruiter, you’ll go into an interview well prepared to demonstrate and communicate your abilities. Here are just some ways a recruiter can help you get ready.
It’s the age-old interview question, “What are your strengths and weakness?” However, today’s hiring managers are more subtle and get the same information by asking different questions. A professional recruiter will help you define these characteristics and portray them in the best light possible.
While everyone has weaknesses, being able to communicate how you overcame them can help you show your responsible nature. Before any interview write down five strengths and an accomplishment in which you used the strength. You won’t be sharing the document in the interview, but it will help you think about and define a strength and how it can be used to improve your new work environment.
Like most people, interviewers have short attention spans. If your answer to a question is longer than three minutes, they may think you’re long-winded and boring. But shorter than a minute, and you may be tagged as superficial. Instead, practice how to frame your answer so the interviewer remembers the information.
Make an opening statement with the answer and follow it with one to three examples. Then wrap it up by restating the answer in a different light. Like most people, interviewers will remember stories more than mere statements. This means your examples are the crux of the answer they’ll take away with them. As they compare your answers to another candidate, they’ll be able to communicate why you’re the better option using your examples.
Try writing with a pen and paper and not the computer. The very act of putting pen to paper has a neurological effect to help you recall the information faster. The idea is to be able to coherently communicate what you’ve accomplished, how it made you a better professional and how that will impact their facility.
If you don’t have a chance to talk about your accomplishments early in the interview it will be time to take the bull by the horns and ask a very important question of your interviewer: “I’m not sure I have a complete understanding of your current needs. If you could tell me some of the key challenges others are facing, I can give you some examples of my work that are comparable.”
Prepare by removing anything online that may not line up with your professional image. Anything and everything is fair game when a hiring manager is considering applicants. Then practice and practice again. Consider practicing in front of a camera to help mimic the interview process. Most people will be nervous in front of a camera in the same way you’ll have jitters during a real interview. The more you practice, the better prepared you’ll be and the more likely you won’t stumble over your words or forget important information.
The professional recruiters at Amare are ready to get you ready. When you shine in your interview it increases your potential of getting the job. Call us today and we’ll help you find your next assignment and be ready for the interview.