Looking for a new job is always stressful, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s even more so. Not only do you have to research hospitals, clinics and healthcare systems, you have to translate your skills, experience and abilities into an online job interview.
It may be tempting to rush through the process and send out applications blindly, but you’re far more likely to land your dream job with a more strategic approach. Fortunately, with a little bit of research and dedication, you can stand out from the competition and get the most out of your online medical interview.
Put in the extra effort. Since April 11, 2020, more than 22 million Americans have joined the ranks of the unemployed. That’s a lot of competition, which is why it’s so important to put in the extra effort.
If you get an opportunity to interview, make sure to use it to your advantage. Remember: your job search is a marathon, not a sprint. Yes, it’s great to get an interview offer, but it’s no guarantee. Take some time to celebrate your wins but keep your nose to the grindstone. Challenge yourself to set up as many interviews as possible. Then, make an effort to learn lessons from each interaction.
Don’t just master the interview process, though. Really take the time to research each medical facility and the clients they serve. You should also do your homework on the location of each practice, including state, city and region. You’re probably aware, but spatial location plays an important role in health outcomes.
Stay positive. The average job seeker receives 24 rejections before getting hired. Some people receive even more. Rejection isn’t easy, but it’s a part of life. You don’t have to let it define you, though. As you apply for more jobs, you’re bound to experience ups and downs. Don’t let the process negatively affect your attitude or behavior.
Recruiters and hiring experts know how to read and interpret subtle things like tone, volume, and posture. You won’t always feel your best on interview day, but it’s important to push through, nonetheless. If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts or talking down to yourself, set aside an hour or two to do something you enjoy. A little bit of self-care can go a long way toward improving your outlook and job prospects.
Remember: an interview is a two-way street. A job interview is your opportunity to show off your skills and qualifications. That’s not all, though. It’s also your chance to see if a specific clinic, hospital or healthcare system aligns with your interests and career goals. As such, it's important you plan ahead and write out a list of questions. Come interview day, it’s easy to get nervous or distracted. If you can refer to a list, you can cover all your bases.
Unsure what questions to ask? That’s okay! Here are a few suggestions: “What qualities are you looking for in a new candidate?” “What does an average day at your healthcare facility look like?” What are some of their unique concerns?” If you need some help preparing for your online interview, AlliedHealthJobCafe can help. They offer interview coaching to help you practice and feel comfortable on video.
Include your family in the decision-making process. When you’re in the middle of a job search, it’s easy to focus on your needs and yours alone. But if you want to get the most out of your online medical interview, you need to consider your family as well.
For example, if you plan on moving to another city or state, it has major implications regarding schooling, work for your significant other, cultural changes and more. During your interview, make sure to include questions about the practice’s location, local economy and things to do. The more information you gather about the community, the easier it is to make a decision that aligns with you and your loved one’s needs.
Don’t be afraid to speak up. During an online medical interview, it’s normal for questions to arise. If you’re an introvert, speaking up can feel intimidating, but it’s absolutely necessary. After all, if you don’t ask questions in your job interview, who will?
If it helps, keep a notebook or sticky pad on hand during your call. If questions arise, quickly jot them down. Then, bring them up at the end of your interview. Worried you’ll appear annoying or needy? Don’t be. Asking questions shows that you paid attention and can take initiative.
You’ve worked hard to get where you are, and you deserve a job that makes you happy. By following these five simple tips, you can get the most out of your next online medical interview.
Chad Birt is a freelance B2B and B2C medical writer who resides in Astoria, Oregon. When he isn't behind a keyboard, you can find him hiking, camping, or birdwatching with his wife Ella and their two dogs, Diane and Thoreau.