Tips on Interviewing for Medical Positions©
The primary goal of any job search campaign, including that within the health care sector is to garner the all-important interview. Whether you are seeking a position within hospital administration, a clinical role such as doctor or nurse, or even a clerical position, the interview is the pivotal point in your entire job search effort. Depending on how well you perform during this meeting, you will either advance or damage your candidacy.
Through adequate preparation, you can advance your candidacy, thereby greatly increasing your chances of being offered the job.
Interview Tip 1: Perform Research on the Employer
An important first step is to perform some research on the facility where you will be interviewing, whether that is a hospital setting, outpatient clinic, or private doctor's office. Review the facility Web site and jot down notes as you read. Critical information includes the facility mission statement, its history, scope of services, and staff bios, if available. Prepare a list of questions that shows you have performed some reading and are familiar with the facility.
A second strategy is to speak with those in the medical community who have some knowledge of the facility with regard to its reputation, financial stability, as well as overall culture. A viable source for this information with regard to a hospital setting is those physicians who have admitting privileges.
Patient care is truly a team effort. For any facility to work at its best there needs to be a good measure of synergy between clinical staff who provide direct patient care and administrative personnel who oversee daily operations.
During your interview you will want to exhibit a team orientation and "can-do" attitude. One way to do this is to talk about past situations where you worked as part of a team. This can be directly related to work or it can include experiences you have had as a volunteer or member of a sports team. The overriding goal is to show that you are a team play ready, willing, and able to contribute your efforts to the goals of your department.
Interview Tip 5: Interview Etiquette
Although many health care facilities may have a somewhat casual dress code (for staff not required to wear uniforms) be sure to "dress for success: and wear professional attire to your interview. Err on the side of being conservative with regard to jewelry, makeup, or cologne.
Do not staple or fold your resume but place it in a letter size envelope. If your resume is more than one page, use a paper clip on the upper left hand corner to keep the pages together. Be certain your cell phone is turned off, NOT set to vibrate (which can sound awfully loud should during any pause in the conversation.)
A face-to-face interview is the toughest part of getting you a job. Further, if you are from a science or a medical background, the situation becomes worst. Science is a vast subject and you need to cover a great deal of topics before going for an interview. If you are a medical professional or a doctor then, you must know that a doctor’s job involves competence, technical expertise, integrity and social ethics. Therefore, a medical job interview is considered to be one of the toughest job interviews.
This article covers a few questions that are generally asked in course of a medical interview. You need to go through this list and prepare potential, impressive answers for them. The first question is the most commonly asked questions. I have mentioned an answer to it.
7. The day before your final exam, one of your family members has expired. How will you deal with this situation? How will you manage your studies in such a crisis?
8. A young woman suffering from AIDS comes over to your clinic and requests you not to inform her spouse about it. What will you do?
9. A 7 year old child is suffering from cancer. The kid’s life expectancy is approximately five months. How will you tell her parents about it?
So, these were some of the question you may encounter on the road to become a doctor. You should answer them in a composed manner. And remember, besides being a doctor, you are a human too! So keep up the dignity of this post.
Medical School Interviews: What to Expect
There are a lot of articles on how to prepare for the interview, but knowing what not to do is often as important as knowing what to do.
Our team of medical recruiters see these 7 mistakes over and over. Make sure you do not make any of these blunders during your next medical sales interview.
1. Not dressing for the job
2. Not bringing copies of your resume
3. Texting or picking up a phone on a ride along
4. Not having good questions for the hiring manager
5. Talking about salary/ commission before the interviewer brings it up
6. Talking negatively about your old company/boss
7. Not asking for the job
1. Talking about salary/commission before the interviewer brings it up. We all know medical sales representatives should be money motivated and commission driven, but do not make the mistake of just talking about money and how much commission you can make. Never bring up money before the interviewer does. Sales Managers want someone who is going to drive the sales and wants to make great money, but more importantly they want someone who has a proven track record of success, knows products, the territory, culture of the company and can be a team player. Let the hiring manager find out about you and lead the money conversation.
6. Talking negatively about your old company/boss. Another question that always comes up on an interview is "Tell me why you are looking." At this point do not blunder and say anything negative about your current company or boss, even if that is exactly why you are looking. Managers will be wary of you and think you do not get along with others and may even be concerned you will speak badly of them in the future.
7. Not asking for the job. Sales 101, always close the interview. Sales managers are going to think you will not ask for the business if you cannot ask for the job. Always close the interview by letting the hiring manager know you are interested. More candidates are knocked out of the interview process for this blunder.
Now that you have read our Top 7 Blunders during a Medical Sales Interview, you will be sure not to make them on your next interview and be well on your way to you dream medical sales job.