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Nail Your First Healthcare Interview with These 4 Tips

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So you’ve graduated from school, and now you’re ready to join a big-name health care organization where you can kick off your career in style. All you have to do is ace the interview.

There’s just one problem: you have no idea how to ace an interview, because you’ve never even had one before.

Not to worry! With these four helpful tips from Ameritech College of Healthcare, you’ll be able to approach your first healthcare interview with confidence. Once you’re finished reading, visit HealthCareerCenter.com for even more tips, plus job openings at the country’s leading healthcare institutions. 

1. Dress the part

One rule that’s worth remembering: it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. So if you’re ever unsure about the dress code at an interview, err on the side of professionalism.

Wearing understated and respectful clothing will send two important messages to hiring managers. One: that you take the interview and the job seriously; and two: that you’re a composed, level-headed person.

2. Know why you want to work there

Hiring managers interview countless people every year. After so much practice, it’s easy for them to separate the people who really want to work for their organization from the ones who are looking for any job they can get. How can they tell? By how much you know about them.

Do your research ahead of time, and be sure to convey in the interview that you don’t just want any job—you want that job. Support why you’re a perfect fit for that hospital, and vice versa, with reasons that are unique to that organization. Because when hospitals interview entry-level candidates, experience isn’t as important as who wants it more.

3. Support yourself with specifics

Though you may not have years of experience in a hospital setting, you do have the valuable skills you learned during classes and clinicals. Those experiences are important to hiring managers, because they prove that you’ll be able to handle the tasks they throw at you when you start.

For example, if an interviewer asks, “are you good at handling non-compliant patients?” supplement your answer with specifics on how you were successful in dealing with a non-compliant patient in the past.

4. Above all else, be confident

When you’re interviewing for your first job out of school, it’s easy to feel insecure about your lack of experience. “Why would they want me,” you ask yourself, “when there are so many others out there who know more than I do?”

First off, relax. Obviously they’re fine with hiring someone who just finished school. Otherwise, why would they be interviewing you at all? Second, remember all the challenges you’ve overcome to get this far. You’ve proven yourself to be a hard worker, and all that hard work has prepared you for what’s ahead. You are ready, even if you don’t think you are—so hold your head high.

 

 

 

 

The information in this article originally appeared on the Ameritech website. To read the original article, click here.