The job interview you are about to have is not just about you. It is about the person hiring you and the company. Remember, that you are interviewing the boss who hires you too. The trick is not to let him or her know they are on trial.
There are some wonderful and encouraging ways you can ace your interview the first time, including how to get to know the company before going and which questions are the right ones to ask.
Let’s start with some of the questions you could be asked. Now, the questions you need to think about asking can be divided into different categories.
You will need to know how to respond to questions involving project deadlines, boss reactions, and your reactions. Glassdoor provides a sample outline of what you could expect. Not all of the samples will be included with your healthcare interview, but we hope it gives you some perspective.
There are questions that you will be asked that are more common. They could also include savvy brain-teasers. Not all questions found online will be included with your interview, but it is always best to be prepared in case.
The Anecdotal Part
Some of the health field jobs require more business savvy, including being quick with the anecdotes. You better rehearse this portion thoroughly if you are not sure about what you are doing.
The boss might ask you about your proudest accomplishment. He or she might also ask about your least favorable accomplishment. They want to get a good range on your skill levels. It helps them assess how you will perform on the job. One bad performance with an anecdote could send your resume into the “don’t call us, we will call you” pile.
The boss will ask about the last time you made a mistake. They will ask how you handled it. That kind of borders the next question, which is: How do you handle a difficult situation?”
They want to know if you can handle yourself appropriately in a heavily-stressed job(if that is what you are applying for).
Some people can think great on their feet. Some are great under pressure, no matter what situation is thrown at them. Some like to be kept dancing on their feet. Others do not. You have to decide which one you are before the interview.
How you answer those questions could make or break your performance.
The boss could ask you the last time you disagreed with someone in charge. That is important to know for a few reasons. Focus your performance on how you handled your differences together and resolved the problem. The boss does not want to hear you bad mouth someone else in management.
It is okay to agree to disagree. However, to badmouth your last boss in front of your potential new boss is not going to go over well.
Recruiters and headhunters are not there just to look pretty. They are there to help candidates get a job. Listen to what your recruiter has to say. One reason why some candidates do not get the job they want is due to their lack of listening and hearing what someone else has to say.
They like to make it all about them. You hired the recruiter for a reason. Take in their words. You cannot hear what you want to hear. That is not going to end well either. Your recruiter has been in the business for a long time. They know why candidates do not get certain jobs.
Think about touring the healthcare facility before you agree to the terms and conditions. Social media is a great tool for finding out what the internal culture is like in the office.
We do not recommend paying too much time reading reviews from people who just want to complain. There is a difference between positive criticism and negative criticism. You want to pay attention to the first one, not the second.
Positive critiques of a company will give you an idea of whether or not you will fit in in the first place. Reviews tell you a lot before you begin the process.
This is one mistake that a lot of candidates make. They read the job description wrong. The job title might be the same, but the same cannot be said for the tasks you are expected to perform.
Everything varies with a company.
Job and Values Are A Match
Some people forget about their values when they look at a job offer. The perks of the job can sometimes override a person’s better judgment. You need to pick a job that fits how you feel inside.
The Red Flags To Look For
- Does the person dance around job specifics? Do they whitewash something you have asked? That is a red flag that something is wrong.
- Does the person repeat questions? That implies a few things. The main thing it implies is the job is fake, in which case, they are just wasting your time. It does happen. We simply want you to be aware.
- Do they whitewash the answer when you ask about how far you can go? We have worked for a few of those companies, It generally means that you are applying for a dead-end position. That is not going to work if you want to maintain longevity in the health field.
One final note involves long-drawn-out interviews. That means the person is not serious about hiring you. They are simply using you to fill some dead space in the office.