Infographic: Medical Job Interview Questions and What they Really Mean

by Ryan Winter on May 10, 2010

Job prospects in the medical industry are rosier than perhaps anything but I.T. right now, but landing the job of your dreams isn’t a foregone conclusion.

To do so, you’ll have to stand out from the crowd and impress the powers-that-be at the institutions you’re interested in working at. That means mastering the art of the interview…and part of that means decoding what the interview questions really mean.

Look over our handy guide and you just might be doing yourself and the hospital you’re courting a favor …

Click image above to launch the infographic.

Sticky situations:

In addition to tough questions, there are a number of sticky situations you might find yourself in for a medical job interview. Below are a few examples, along with some suggestions for a little interview-First-Aid:

You underdressed for the interview – Whether you’re applying for a technician or surgical position, men should wear a tailored suit (or at least a new button-down shirt) with conservative tie. Women, business attire – specifically, attire that makes you look neither frumpy nor tarty. Whether you wear pants or a skirt, make sure whatever you wear is comfortable for you. When in doubt, stay away from cologne or perfume – too much of either can be more of a turn-off to interviewees than overly-casual or provocative clothing.

You surprised the interviewer with special requirements on your part – No panel wants to find out halfway through an interview that you’ll be unavailable to start until after they need you, or that your salary expectations are well outside the amount they’ve budgeted for. Instead, be up-front with anything that would catch interviewers off-guard. If you’ve committed to a personal or professional trip that takes place during what would potentially be your first few weeks on the job, let the hospital or clinic know as soon as you get the interview.

You mentioned offers other institutions have made – Don’t play hard-to-get: No matter how much an employer may be interested in hiring you, hearing about all the other offers you could take instead of theirs (if they make one) is a definite turn-off.

Job interviews don’t have to be a minefields or train-wrecks: as a medical professional, you can look at the process as a way to get to know what could be the perfect workplace…and as another way to get to know yourself.

How’s your job search going? Have you had more dream interviews than nightmares? Have you encountered any of the questions above? How did you answer them? Leave a comment below and tell us how it went..

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