So, you've taken the first step towards your dream healthcare job – securing the interview. Whether you've got years of experience under your belt or you’ve recently qualified, there are no two ways about it – interviews can be nerve-wracking. But with the right preparation, you can confidently step into that interview room and make a lasting impression. In this blog, we'll discuss some valuable tips to help you prepare.
Research the company / setting:
Before the interview, take some time to research the company, understanding their culture and values, the services they provide and any specialities they focus on. Not only will this show the interviewers that you're genuinely interested in the organisation, but it’s a great way to help you feel confident as you head into that first meeting.
Review your CV:
Read over your CV before the interview and be ready to discuss how your education, work experience and skillset fit the requirements of the job role. Taking the time to recap will mean you’ll be more than prepared for any questions relating to your previous roles or qualifications that you’ve included in your application.
Practice behavioural questions:
The best way to demonstrate your skills is to share specific examples of your skills in action– so spend some time before the interview identifying your most appropriate experience to back up your answers, using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to structure your answers effectively.
Stay updated on industry trends:
Healthcare is always evolving. Keep yourself informed on the latest industry trends, advancements, and healthcare news to demonstrate your commitment to ongoing learning. You’ll impress the interviewers with your passion for the industry and it could even help you stand out from the competition.
Remember, interviews are a two-way street. Prepare thoughtful questions to ask the interviewers about the organisation, its working culture, and any opportunities for training and progression. This demonstrates your genuine enthusiasm and helps you assess whether the job is the right fit for you – win-win!
An interview may seem daunting, but with proper preparation you can increase your chances of success. Remember that the interview is your chance to showcase your skills, experience, and passion for the healthcare industry, but also for you to establish if it’s the right opportunity for you. Best of luck!