Five Tips For Preparing For Your Medical Job Interview

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Published: 14 May 2016      

No matter how much experience you may have, dealing with a medical job interview situation is always stressful and many competent professionals find that anxiety over the questions that are going to be asked can lead to them messing up their chances of landing their dream jobs. With that in mind, these handy pointers should prove useful to anybody who is preparing for an interview.

Be Confident

It is important to remember that the mere fact that you have been called in for a medical job interview means that whoever read your CV was sufficiently impressed with the abilities and qualifications that you spoke about on it. Take heart from this and approach the interview with confidence, safe in the knowledge that you clearly have the tools the company is looking for, at least initially. This will allow you to focus more on what else you can bring to the table during the interview.

Wake Up Early

If you get up late for your interview, you’re going to find yourself rushing all over the place just to get to the venue on time, resulting in more anxiety building up and even less time to prepare for the interview. Get up with plenty of time to enjoy a good breakfast and go over any notes that you have. You should also account for issues beyond your control, such as traffic on the roads or delayed trains, by making the effort to arrive to the interview itself early. Having to wait around for an hour or so is much more desirable than turning up late looking stressed and dishevelled.

Always Do Research

Interviewers will be looking for evidence that you actually really want the medical job that you have applied for, so it is important that you do plenty of research about both the role and the company itself. You will inevitably face questions about what you already know about the company you’re interviewing for, which is where you can use the benefits of your research to your advantage. Furthermore, you will also likely be asked what your ambitions are within the role, so researching the role itself can give you a better idea of the potential for progression so that you can answer this question comfortably.

Prepare Clothes The Night Before

This is a quick and easy tip. Pick out the clothes you are going to wear the night before the interview and make sure they are cleaned, ironed and hung up so that you can just slip straight into them in the morning without having to spend an eternity faffing around with your wardrobe, searching for something to wear.

Examine Your CV

It is easy to forget the exact details on your CV, especially if you created it a while ago. As such, you should make it a point to refresh your memory in regards to what you have written on it. Consider parts of the CV that may prompt the interviewer to ask further questions and, most importantly, how you would answer such questions when the time comes.

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