8 Important Interview Tips
Getting a call for an interview once you’ve applied for a job is always exciting. It means you’re one step closer to getting hired and kicking off your career after graduating from the American College of Healthcare and Technology.
But, an interview can either make or break your chances of landing that job. Whether you graduate from ACHT’s Medical Assistant program, Dental Assistant program, Veterinary Assistant program, Surgical Technology program, Massage Therapy/Physical Therapy Aide program, Pharmacy Technician program, Medical Billing and Coding program or HVACR Technician program, it’s important to have strong interview skills and present yourself in a certain way.
With that in mind, let’s look at 8 important tips you can utilize at your next job interview.
1. Review the Company’s Website Before the Interview
It’s important to learn as much as you can about the company before you talk to the hiring manager. Checking out their website is a great way to do this.
By looking over the company’s website, you’ll be able to form questions for the interview that will tell your potential employer you have a genuine interest in the company. You can also think of reviewing the website as “studying,” so you’ll be prepared to answer any questions about why you’re interested in the company, what you like about them, etc.
2. Ask 3 Questions
At some point in the interview, the hiring manager will likely ask you if you have any questions. There are certain things you should absolutely ask, and other questions you might want to avoid. You don’t want to have a huge list of questions but having more than one is always a good idea. Three of the most important questions you can ask during an interview include:
1. Why was this job position/role created?
2. Who will I be working with?
3. What is the general culture of the company and how does this position fit?
3. Don’t Discuss Salary
Never bring up money or ask how much you’ll be making during an interview. The interviewer needs to know you’re there because you’re interested in the job, not the salary.
If, at some point during the interview, the hiring manager brings up what your salary would be, then it’s okay to talk about it. But, don’t dwell on numbers for long, and don’t make it appear that’s your main motivation for getting the job.
4. Take Two Copies of Your Resume
It’s always a good idea to bring at least two (if not more) copies of your resume to your interview, even if the person interviewing you already has it on file.
First, this will make you appear organized and prepared. You’ll also be able to hand your resume to others who might have a say in whether you get hired. You can make this easy on yourself by carrying a portfolio or folder with you to your interview, so you can have copies on hand.
5. Dress for Success
This might be an old saying, but it stands the test of time for a reason! You should always dress professionally for an interview. If you’ve graduated from the American College of Healthcare and Technology, you might be interviewing for a job in the healthcare or technology industries. In these cases, it isn’t always necessary to wear business attire. You may be able to wear your student scrubs or uniform. If you do, though, make sure they are perfectly clean, fit properly, and aren’t wrinkled. You still want to give off a professional demeanor, no matter what you’re wearing.
6. Look the Part
When you’re heading into a career in healthcare or technology, it’s not only important to dress for success. Taking care of the way you look is also essential, especially in an interview setting. Keep these tips in mind as you prepare:
● Hide any noticeable tattoos and/or piercings
● Hair should be pulled back and away from your face
● Hair color should be within the “natural” spectrum
● Nails should be neatly trimmed and a neutral color
● Any makeup should be light and natural
7. Have the Right Attitude
It’s okay to be a little nervous during your interview but do your best not to show it. Instead, be confident and respectful. Smile, and show the interviewer that you’re happy to be there and you’re excited about the opportunity. The right attitude can go a long way with a hiring manager, no matter how the rest of the interview goes.
8. Follow Up with a Thank You
It’s always a good idea to take your interviewer’s business card, and the card of anyone else you may have talked to during the interview. That way, you can follow up with an email thanking them for the opportunity. Sending an email of gratitude the same day as your interview is a great way to show your appreciation and further show you’re interested to the hiring manager.
After graduating from the American College of Healthcare and Technology, you should have the confidence to tackle any job within your field. Using these tips to help with your interviews will make the process even easier.
If you’re interested in enrolling at the American College of Healthcare and Technology, call us at 888-430-4224. Or, visit us online at www.ach.edu for more information.
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