How to prepare for your first interview with a hospital

Published On: Nov 22, 2018
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Preparing for a healthcare interview can seem like a daunting process. However, if you take the time to break down this task into smaller goals, you'll find it much easier to make a fantastic first impression when you sit down for the interview.


Do your research


If you have an interview, you likely have some understanding of what the potential employer is looking for. However, you shouldn't stop there. Use sites like Glassdoor to learn what others have said about the organization and, if you feel comfortable doing so, try reaching out to people in similar positions to learn more about company expectations.


Practice answering common questions


When you feel prepared to answer questions, you'll come off as confident and self-assured. Thankfully, you can find lists of common interview questions online. Print some of these questions and grab a friend or family member who can give you a mock interview. Look for feedback on the way you use body language, in addition to how you answer the questions.

Practice answering common interview questions beforehand.Practice answering common interview questions beforehand.




Determine what you want from the job


Don't forget that an interview is a two-way street. Just as the interviewer is trying to determine if you would be a good fit for the organization, you should attempt to understand if the position aligns with your career goals. Think about questions you want to ask the interviewer and create a list of information you want to glean from the encounter.


Dress appropriately


Though you may end up wearing scrubs should you get the job, they do not make for good interview attire. Instead, wear a suit or dress that is appropriate for a semi-formal business environment. You don't have to worry about looking too fancy - keep jewelry reserved and don't wear colors that are too flashy or distracting.


Arrive early


Showing up late is never good - it will harm your first impression with your potential employer and may damage your self-confidence. If possible, practice the route to your interview ahead of time, so you know how long it will take to get there. Do your best to show up at least 10 minutes early, though it's better to get there 20 minutes early so you have time to review your resume and calm down before heading into the interview.

Now that you are prepared to have a successful hospital interview, sign up for free job alerts at myHealthTalent.com, and find your healthcare dream job today. Preparing for a healthcare interview can seem like a daunting process. However, if you take the time to break down this task into smaller goals, you'll find it much easier to make a fantastic first impression when you sit down for the interview.