Whether you are going for a locum psychiatry job or a full time radiologist job, preparing for an interview can seem a bit daunting. You have to make sure you have the skills and the presence to make an impact. Although there are some things you can’t control, having some knowledge and preparation for the day can be a great help.
Research the company
This is one thing a lot of people forget to do. You may have impressed a company enough to get an interview, but now you have to prove you know your stuff and this means more than proving you have the experience. Check out their website and their social media sites (if they have any), also try to find some niche information that other applicants may not find so easily.
Read the job ad
You may have read the ad to apply, but did you read it thoroughly? Some ads may not give you much information, but it is still important to understand exactly what is required of you and what the employee is expecting. This will allow you to flaunt the strengths that relate to what the company wants in the interview, as well as being sure this is the job for you.
Customize your application for every job
It is okay to have a generic cover letter or email to send out to employees that you can alter and fiddle with, but don’t make it exactly the same for every company. Add a name to the “To Whom it May Concern” section and stick in a sentence or two that relates specifically to the role or company. Take your time making it right. Also be careful you don’t send the same application form to a variety of employees as having the name of someone else can lose you the job within seconds.
Be confident, not cocky
Within the interview itself, try to represent the best side of yourself. Don’t be over-confident. This may seem hard to do, but try your best to relax and just be yourself. If it isn’t enough, it probably isn’t the right job for you. Turn weaknesses into strengths and make your strengths shine.
One company who offers coaching on CV layouts and interviewing is international medical recruitment agency, Wavelength. Visit them online to find out how they can help you.