Whether you’re attending a job fair or responding to a recruiter, it’s important to know what to expect when you are interviewing in a healthcare setting. In addition to the information that you may have already submitted on a job application or via your resume, being prepared in advance can help you shine during an interview.
It’s helpful to think of an interview as a conversation to help determine if the role you are seeking will be a good fit for you and likewise, if you will be the best fit for the role that’s available. The following points will help you be prepared and know what to expect during an interview in a healthcare setting.
- Visiting the employer’s website prior to your interview is a great way to learn more about the company, its mission, vision, values and its range of services.
- Know what position you’re interviewing for and prepare your questions in advance, about the company or the role you’re applying for.
- Be prepared to share any previous experience that you have, even if it has been part-time or volunteer work. Also, be ready to talk about education or certifications you may have.
- Have an idea of how many hours you are available to work, are you looking for part-time, weekends, nightshift? Are your hours flexible?
- Take notes of your own during your interview, this means you will want to bring a small notebook and a pen. This will help you remember the details of your conversation.
- Unless your recruiter has specified any additional items, all you need to bring is yourself but it’s always a good idea to bring an extra copy of your resume.
- Dress for the job you want. That doesn’t mean find a uniform, it refers to how you present yourself. If you want to work in an office setting, dress the part by looking professional for your interview.
In addition to these tips, remember that “Healthcare” is an umbrella term that covers many different departments and roles, and as such, it is a hospitality setting. Whether you will report to the kitchen, the laundry, the maintenance team, the clinical team, or the front office, your ability to be flexible and to provide good customer service will always be a part of your responsibilities. Being friendly and engaging will always serve you well, both during your interview, and the entire time you are in a healthcare setting; you will encounter all walks of life and showing warmth and respect is always appreciated.
Working in a healthcare setting encompasses many different roles, all culminating in assisting, providing for and caring for the clients your setting serves. Each role is noble and something to be proud of. These tips will help you prepare for your interview and more as you begin your next role in a healthcare setting. For more information on careers with American Senior Communities, please visit: ASCCare.com/Careers.