Pre-Registration applications are well underway and many students are waiting for offers of interviews from hospitals, community and industry. The interview may be the most vital part of the application as it will ultimately decide whether a person receives a placement or not. I have thought about some interview tips from various sources for anyone who may be applying for summer placements, jobs and pre-reg.
Tip 1: Presentation. It is obvious that one should wear smart clothing to an interview including suits, shirts and avoid trainers and heavy make-up. It shows that you are serious and that you will present well in front of colleagues. It is also interesting to note that blue is considered to be the best colour to wear to an interview. On a subconscious level it tends to be a preferred colour and is calming unlike red for example. Don’t take my word for it though it’s just a suggestion!
Tip 2: Language. I don’t want to seem patronising when I recommend that swearing is not considered good interview etiquette but don’t forget to avoid using words that you may not consider offensive. Slang words should not be used either, as it is a teenage trait and we want to make ourselves seem as adult as possible!
Tip 3: Preparation. I’m sure many people have come across the question, ‘so why do you want to work for us?’ Whilst the answer, ‘I really like your establishment’, is not bad there is potential to really impress here. It reminds me of the interview stage of the TV show ‘The Apprentice’ as one contestant was asked by an interviewer about Lord Sugar’s company. The contestant couldn’t answer the question because he didn’t even know what Lord Sugar did for a living and yet he wanted to work for him! So the point I’m making is do your research. Go online and find out some information about the company/hospital you want to work for and find what products they sell, awards they have won and services they provide so that you can show you have real interest in them.
Tip 4: Personality. Many students worry too much about being asked clinical, technical questions but an interview is not like an exam, there are no right or wrong answers. Interviewers are more interested in seeing how you answer questions and being honest if you don’t know. The important thing to remember is that the employers have already seen your CV, qualifications and grades and are already impressed! Now they want to meet you in person to find out if you will work well with them and other people you will encounter on the job. It is better to concentrate on being enthusiastic and genuine when you interview rather than worrying about getting clinical questions wrong. They will most likely teach you everything you need to know once you get the job anyway.
I hope these tips help and good luck for anyone who is preparing for interviews this summer.