Things You Should Never Do During a Medical Job Interview

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Published: 7 May 2017      

Applying for jobs can take its toll but it’s all worth it when you finally land that big interview. The key now is to make sure you impress and avoid any major flubs, allowing you to stand out amongst the competition.

To help you along the way, we have compiled a list of things that you should never do during your medical job interview.

Arrive Late

This advice goes for any sort of job interview, as arriving late will always lead to your interviewer developing a bad first impression of you. After all, 40% of recruiters now say that arriving late is the single worst thing you can do at an interview. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get up, get ready, and travel to the interview. Arrive early, and you signal your intentions as a worker in addition to making that all important good first impression.

Use Poor Body Language

You may feel nervous inside but you need to avoid showing it to your interviewer. Check your body language as much as possible and avoid doing anything that could make an interviewer deem you as untrustworthy, such as covering your mouth when you speak or fidgeting during your answers. Maintain good eye contact when speaking and you should be fine.

Testing the Waters

Interviewers want to see that you are willing to commit your time and effort to the role. If you talk about how you are interested in testing the waters and finding out if the job is the right fit, you are telling your interviewer that you may well end up leaving soon after being hired. For many, this leads to an almost instant rejection in favour of a candidate who actually has passion for the role.

Poor Clothing Choice

Professionalism is crucial in the medical industry, so you should always dress appropriately during a medical job interview. Suits will generally go over well, though some may find them a little formal. The key is to avoid things like wearing jeans, trainers, or any other items of clothing that you would generally wear while lounging around the house. As an aside, make sure that the clothing you do wear fits properly. Even smart clothing can look terrible if the outfit is hanging off your body.

Lack of Preparation

You will be asked questions about the employer and be expected to answer them to at least some degree of success. Further, you will be expected to bring your own questions to the interview, based on your prior research. Failure to do either not only shows a lack of preparation and passion for the role but may also signal to the interviewer that you are a lazy employee.


Confidence is great. Arrogance…not so much. Interviewers want to speak to people who are assured in their abilities but also humble enough to realize that they can always learn more and will need to adapt to new surroundings. Acting like you own the place from the second you walk in will usually lead to rejection.


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