Congratulations, you have got an interview
Now you need to make sure you are as prepared as possible. Here are some tips.
What is the job?
Know as much as possible about what the position involves before the interview. Be very familiar with the person specification. And don't forget to re-read your application.
You should also read up about recent developments and debates in your chosen field - and consider your opinions. Websites and professional publications are good places to look.
Prepare for questions about yourself
And write down some answers. Here are some examples to get you started:
- What particular strengths (and weaknesses) could you bring to the position?
- How do you manage stress / conflicts within the team?
- What do you like to do outside work?
Think about questions to ask the panel
A good way to come across as confident and enthusiastic during an interview is to ask relevant questions that show the panel you have given your application real thought.
Do not forget the basics
Make sure you know how to find your way there, because hospitals can be quite difficult to navigate. Be punctual and, of course, dress appropriately. This will send out good signals.
Managing the interview
However much preparation you do, going into an interview can be nerve-wracking. But there are a number of techniques you can use to make sure you come across in the best light.
This is not just about speaking calmly and audibly - it is also about letting the panel know what point you are making, and why. Make a point of deliberately linking what you say to the requirements of the job you have applied for.
Structuring your answers with three or four main points and keeping them concise will make life much easier for the interviewing panel - which will be good news for you.
Leave modesty behind
This interview is about you, so don't say 'we' when you really mean 'I'. Giving specific examples from your own experience is important, because it shows an ability to learn and develop and helps you steer clear of vague statements.
You may find yourself surprised by the questions, the tone of the interviewers, or even the seating arrangements. But this gives you the chance to show your ability to think on your feet.
- A panel still consists of individuals, so try to address them as such.
- Although the occasional joke can be a good way of lightening the atmosphere, it is important to show you take the prospective job seriously. A balance is ideal.
Remember, the most important part of an interview is to sell yourself, and to show why you are right for the job. But try to show the 'real you' if you can. Whether you get the job will be as much down to your personality and enthusiasm as it will to your skills and experience, and the answers you give. Good luck.