Preparing for a health sector job interview can be stressful particularly when you’re sitting in front of a panel of recruiters or HR managers. There are a range of techniques to help you prepare for your next interview.
While health sector interviews are traditionally more formal, there are some elements that, if kept in mind, can help with your career success.
Health sector interviews usually involve a formal structure with an interview panel of two or three members. The panel has been specifically trained in interview techniques and will assess your presentation, communication, verbal responses and non-verbal responses.
The interview is heavily focused on the position selection criteria, and each question can range from scenario-based questions where you will be asked to picture yourself in a situation and provide examples based on the selection criteria, to being asked to conduct a written presentation to support the interview process.
Tips for the health sector interview process are outlined below:
- Do your research – while you may have applied for hundreds of health sector roles, every role is different so you will want to do some research to understand best the role specifically, the culture of the organisation and also the specific tasks involved. Conduct research on the organisation as a whole and find out the vision, key messages, and even their current focus so you can include this information in the interview.
- Match your expertise to the job – take on the persona of the specific role you are applying for and channel your expertise to suit. While you may have attended a few interviews, you will need to ensure that your examples, scenarios, and responses suit the department or organisation you are being interviewed for.
- Practice your interview – while it may seem uncomfortable, practice your responses in the mirror or arrange a friend or family member to conduct a mock interview so you can practice your responses a few times before the interview process.
- Make a good impression – first impressions count and while you may be terribly nervous, take a deep breath and put yourself in the interviewer's shoes. Be friendly and positive and if you don’t understand any questions be sure to ask for some explanation so you can respond to the best of your abilities. Your personal skills are paramount in the interview process to be focused on ensuring you make a good first impression.