August 14, 2009, Newsletter Issue #9: Hospital Job Interview Blunders

Tip of the Week

When applying for†hospital jobs, itís exciting to get an interview request. But before stepping into the hospital recruiting department, itís important to avoid common interview blunders that may cost you the job. Here are a few pointers to get you started.

Donít focus on the negative. Donít get blindsided by questions such as ďhave you ever quit a jobĒ or ďhave you ever dropped a class.Ē If youíve made mistakes in the past, turn those experiences into positives. Discuss what you learned and applied from any mistakes.

Be prepared to discuss your grades. If youíre applying for a hospital job right out of college and have poor grades, be prepared to discuss those. Then, focus quickly on your proven abilities in practical knowledge. For example, you may have completed an internship and have a glowing recommendation about supervisor.

Donít forget to follow-up. Keep your name at the top of the pile with timely follow-up. This means, sending a thank you note within 24 hours of the interview, and calling a few days later to answer any additional questions the recruiter may have.

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