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4 Tips to Help Prepare for Your Job Interview

job interview preparation skillsPrepare for your job interview with these essential tips!

Job interviews are an important step in your job search. Although interviews can be nerve-wracking, they are necessary for potential employers to see if you’re the right match for the position.

It’s important to prepare for job interviews so employers can see your fullest potential. If you don’t prepare, you could look flustered or irresponsible. Taking the time to prepare gives you the opportunity to give more thoughtful answers and be more confident on your interview day.

Here are four tips to help you prepare for your upcoming healthcare job interview.

1. Research your potential employer

Before your interview, you should research your potential employer. Knowing the mission statement and background of the organization or healthcare facility lets potential employers know that you’re serious and passionate about working with them.  It could also help you determine if you’ll like working there. You can research your potential employer through:

  • Online reviews
  • Financial and annual reports
  • Local and online news
  • Employer’s website

2. Dress appropriately

Make sure you dress professionally on your interview day. Plan your outfit a few days ahead of time. Avoid wearing casual clothes like hoodies or jeans. Wear business casual attire like a blazer, business pants, or button-down shirt. Good hygiene will show you care about yourself.

3. Bring questions

You will be answering questions throughout your job interview, but you also need to ask your potential employer questions too. Bring a list of around 10 questions to ask so you know if the job is a good fit for you. You can ask

Potential employers will see you as conscientious and prepared.

Here are some sample questions:

  • What are the main responsibilities of the position?
  • Who would supervise me/Where would I report?
  • What is a typical work shift?
  • What are the future goals of the department or facility?
  • What do you enjoy about working here?

4. Practice your interview skills

Practicing interview questions will help you prepare for your interview day. You can rehearse what you’re going to say with a friend or family member.  If you’re enrolled in a training school, visit your Career Services department to request a mock interview. Use these sample questions to practice:

  • What experience do you have in this field?
  • Do you have computer skills?
  • Give an example when you had to solve a problem.
  • What are your strength and weaknesses?
  • What are your career goals?
  • Why do you want this job?

Even if you dread job interviews, take advantage of the opportunity to gain experience preparing for the healthcare world. Make sure to be at least 15 minutes early for your interview and bring copies of your resume and a list of references. It may even help to have a letter of recommendation.

The Harris School of Business hopes these interview tools help you during your job interviews. Preparing will help you become more confident and positive during interviews. We hope this is the start of a successful career for you!

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The Harris School of Business provides career advice and other career-focused information in its weekly blog. Contact us to learn more about our training programs at one of our eight campuses.

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