Mistakes To Avoid During Your Medical Job Interview

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Published: 8 Nov 2016      

Firstly, if you have managed to get a medical job interview – congratulations. Not every candidate makes it to that stage and it should be taken as a sign that you have the skills that potential employers are looking for, at least on paper.

Of course, for many, the interview itself is the scariest part of the application process. You get placed in a high pressure environment and poor performance may mean that you fall out of consideration for the role. This can lead to nerves building up, resulting in mistakes being made that harm your chances further.

To ensure you make the most out of the opportunity, try to avoid doing any of the below during your medical job interview.

Insulting Previous Employers

It is entirely possible that you were not satisfied with what was offered to you by previous employers. It may even be the reason why you are searching for a new medical job in the first place. However, giving voice to those feelings can actually have a negative effect during your interview as it shows that you have a vindictive side. Not only might this not be desirable in the workplace, but it may also cause potential employers to wonder what you might say about them, should they hire you.

Poor Prep Work

If you don’t enter the interview with knowledge about your potential employer, the likelihood is that you are going to fail. At some point you are going to be asked about what you know about the job opportunity and the people providing it. If you can’t provide a good answer this shows interviewers that you have not taken the role seriously. In most cases this results in your application being passed over for somebody who has taken the initiative and attempted to show passion for the opportunity.

The Social Media Issue

While there is still something of a grey area surrounding employers checking your social media history prior to making employment decisions, especially given that it can be seen as an invasion of privacy, it is still something you should concern yourself with. What you post on social media can lead to opinions being formed, so just be wary of the possibility. If you are unsure, set your Facebook and Twitter profiles to private and make sure that your LinkedIn profile is a completely accurate representation of yourself as a professional.

Not Providing Relevant Examples

Most questions posed during job interviewers are asked with the intention of giving you the opportunity to prove your suitability for the role. This means you need to enter the interview with specific instances of success in mind so you can provide comprehensive answers. It’s not enough to say you work well as part of a team, for example. Successful applicants will be able to refer to specific incidents in their lives or careers where they have been able to work successfully alongside others to achieve a goal. Consider anything that may be relevant to the question asked and construct your answers to ensure you come off positively.

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