Healthcare job interviews may make you feel nervous, but if you prepare thoroughly enough, you’ll come across really well. Apart from making sure you’re dressed smartly, are on time, have great body language, talk to everyone in the room, and don’t have spinach in your teeth – (no pressure then!), there are ways to prepare for an interview in healthcare based on the kind of questions you’re likely to be asked.
We’ve put together a few of the most common questions you’re likely to be asked to give you a chance to prepare your replies in order to be confident and professional when you answer them.
How are you in stressful situations?
There are times when healthcare can be very stressful, so your interviewers want to know that you can handle it. Tell them about a time when you’ve been in a stressful or emergency situation, what happened, what you did about it, and what you’ve learnt as a result, i.e. if, as a result of this experience, there’s something you’ll be able to do better next time you’re in a similar situation.
Why should we hire you?
The entire interview is based around this question, but from time to time you might get asked this directly. Think about things that set you apart from everyone else, and talk about your qualities and achievements, the skills you’d bring to the post and how that would make you an asset, and what your future goals are.
What are your core competencies?
Many people aren’t really aware of their core competencies, so speak to your colleagues and ask them. You may well be surprised at some of your qualities and characteristics that they find valuable. In the interview, take one of these qualities and expand upon it, describing how you’ve used your skills in a real situation.
How do your social skills help you in your job?
Healthcare is all about dealing with people so your potential employers need to know that you’ll be able to handle patients and their relatives in a positive manner. Talk about the most impressive example of when you’ve had to use your social skills to sort out a problem so they can be confident you can handle situations both professionally and personally.
What do you like best about your job?
Answer truthfully, but make sure you use this question to emphasise your best qualities and show your healthcare skills in a good light.
Tell us about a time when you have had to take the initiative
This will give your interviewers an idea of how pro-active you are. All healthcare jobs will involve an element of initiative, so give a few examples, and talk in more detail about one of them.
If you’re confident in yourself and your abilities, you’re more likely to do well in your interview.
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