Things You Should Never Do During Your Medical Interview

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Published: 29 Oct 2015      

In the past couple of months with taken a look at the best way to handle your medical job interview on a number of occasions. Sonographers Medical has offered advice on how to present yourself, how to approach the questions you are asked and how you should conduct yourself when leaving.

But what about all of the things that you should avoid? Even the slightest of errors can leave a bad taste in the mouth of a potential employer, so these are all the things you should never do when in a medical job interview.

Leave Your Phone On

When a prospective employer is interviewing you, they are going to want to know that they have your undivided attention. If your phone goes off while you’re talking, this tells them that they don’t, so put it on silent before you enter the room. If you do forget, then never answer the phone. Apologize for the inconvenience, cancel the call and place the phone on silent before continuing.

Use Too Much Colloquial Language

Your natural accent is perfectly fine and there is no reason that you should cover it up, bar trying to take a more professional tone and ensuring that you are easily understood when you’re answering questions. However, you need to make sure you do not use colloquial language when speaking to your interviewer. Avoid words and phrases that you wouldn’t use when working with a patient and you should be fine.

Complaining About Your Employer

Some people may think that by throwing their current employer under the bus they are demonstrating just how much they want a new role. However, this shows an extremely distasteful side to you and also calls your long-term loyalty into question. As many legitimate gripes as you may have about your current employment situation, avoid talking about them during the interview, even when asked why you’re looking to move on.

Show Signs Of Boredom

Be alert and attentive during the course of your interview, making eye contact with the person you are speaking to while engaging them in conversation. Whatever you do, don’t start fidgeting, yawning or slouching. These are signs that you’re either bored or fatigued and neither is going to be particularly impressive to the interviewer.

Say Sorry

It’s ok if you’re a little stumped by a question at first. Employers understand that interviews are high pressure situations for the most part. What they don’t want to hear is you saying “I’m sorry” every time you stumble over a word or take a second to consider your answer. This shows a lack of confidence during the interview that could transfer over to the job if they hire you.

Tell Fibs

People often claim that they exaggerate things on their CVs, but you should avoid telling lies at every stage of the job application process. This is particularly true in the interview. What you’re saying may come back to bite you when you are called upon to use the expertise that you claim you have.

Be Late

The cardinal sin for medical job interviews. Be as early as you want but never, ever be late without a very, very good reason.

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