Interview Coaching for Healthcare IT Executives
Job Interviewing Tips
You want to work for the company, they have seen your credentials, and they have asked you for an interview. These job interviewing tips will help make sure your interview goes as smoothly possible.
- Logistics. Make sure you have the correct time, location, interviewer’s name, and position title.
- Research.Do your homework and remember an interview is all about the employer and whether you are able to satisfy their needs. Never head into an interview without doing a little research. Make sure you are well-versed in:
- Company history
- Company products or service
- Who the customers are
- Size of company
- Work history of the person(s) you are meeting
- The culture of the firm
- An understanding of their current economic situation or short-term issues they may be faced with
- Prepare questions. Show them that you are listening and really interested in becoming a part of their team. Asking questions proves that you care.
- Practice. One of the top interview preparation skills is practice. Take the time to run through some of your answers. Do not memorize notes and rehearse answers but make sure that you come across confident and prepared.
- Presentation of yourself. Always dress for an interview. It is better to be overdressed than underdressed.
- Be descriptive. Do not just answer “yes” or “no” to questions. Also avoid being too wordy. Make your answers colorful but not lengthy. Use quantitative details.
- Be yourself. Market yourself to the interviewer, “toot your own horn” and explain why you would be right for the role. This is the one time that it is acceptable to brag about yourself, so do it!
- Avoid negativity. Do not make negative remarks about your current employer, past employers, or colleagues.
- Determination. Make it clear that you want to get the job. Be positive no matter what happens and then re-evaluate the opportunity again when you are away from the interview.
- Body language. Have positive body language, maintain good posture, and make frequent eye contact.
Remember to prepare for the unexpected questions. It is fine to take time to collect your thoughts and it is acceptable to admit that you do not know the answer.
Treat a phone interview just as seriously as you would a face-to-face interview. Just because you are at home does not mean you should curl up on the couch in your pajamas for a casual chat with a future employer. Make sure you take the time to thoroughly prepare and you will reap the reward—a live interview!
- Keep your resume in front of you
- Make a short list of your accomplishments
- Have pen and paper readily available for note taking
- Set up in a quiet room away from distractions
- If at all possible consider using a landline rather than your cell phone to avoid a dropped call or static on the line
- Do not smoke, chew gum, eat, or drink during the phone interview
- Keep a glass of water available
- Smile when you are speaking- Smiling will project a positive image to the listener and will change the tone of your voice
- Stand up- You will have better posture and tone
- Speak slowly and enunciate clearly
- Use the person’s title (Mr. or Ms. and their last name)- Only use a first name if they ask you to
- Do not interrupt the interviewer
- Take your time
- Remember the objective is to set up a face-to-face interview
As the economy fluctuates and travel costs increase, more companies are utilizing the power of video interviewing technology to cut costs and save time. It’s important to be prepared when your potential employer requests a video interview. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your close up!
- Avoid technical difficulties – Plug your computer into an Ethernet port to ensure you have a stable connection and test your software prior to the actual interview so you can work out any problems in advance.
- Eliminate distractions – Make sure you’re the only living object in view of the camera and put your cell phone in another room. You don’t want to be easily distracted or have your phone interfere with the video stream.
- Frame your body – Position your computer or webcam so the camera focuses on your head, shoulders, and hands. Remember that a substantial portion of communication comes from your body language and other non-verbal cues, so you need to make sure that the upper half of your body is visible.
- Find your best light – Lighting is crucial and it’s best to utilize natural light. If possible, place your camera near a window. You can also set up two lights on either side of the camera. Remember to test the light so that it is evenly lit and flattering.
- Dress for success – Dress as if you were going in for a face-to-face interview. Don’t wear stripes or tight woven patterns as these will come across like strobe lights to your interviewer. It’s best to wear a darker color with subtle accents– like a simple tie or a colored blouse.
- Look into the camera – This is the only way you can make eye contact with your interviewers. During video interviews, it’s easy to fixate on your own image on the computer screen but this will give the impression that you are not making eye contact. When the interview starts, focus on looking directly into the camera.
- Slow down – Wait for the interviewer to stop speaking before you answer – This will give you a few seconds to think about what you’re going to say before you speak.
- Practice – Record yourself and play it back prior to sitting down for the live interview. This will allow you to see and hear what you sound like to make adjustments accordingly.
You can also watch this short clip for some tips on how to ace your video interview.