Acing an Interview Volume 3: Ask Questions

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As the person conducting the interview, it is often very discouraging and a big red flag when a person shows up for an interview and has nothing to say. Remember, the purpose of an interview is so that the interviewer and the interviewee can get to know each other. Sure, you will want to take away as much about the company as you can, but don’t forget to also leave behind your best impression. As mentioned before, this is your chance to show that you are the best candidate and the best person for the job and nobody will ever get that impression of you if you sit in silence. Your part in the interview is to do more than just nod politely.

Ask Questions. Nothing shows your interest in the company more than when you ask questions and try to learn as much as you can. Take part in the conversation, hear each word that is said and comment appropriately. Ask questions! No question will be dumb, so don’t think of it that way. Think of this as your opportunity to learn as much about the company as you can while trying to determine if this is a place where you will fit in. The person conducting the interview is also trying to get to know you and what better way to express yourself and what’s important to you than by asking questions. Try to stick to relevant questions that deal with the heart of the position, not just surface questions (what time is lunch?). Although surface questions are important, wait to ask those once you get closer to accepting the position.

Plan questions in advance. Don’t be afraid to have a written list of questions for each interview. Showing up to an interview prepared with a list of questions shows that you mean business and you aren’t just there to waste time. You’ve thought about the position and you’re ready to make the best decision for yourself. Having a list of questions will prove to be very beneficial when you’re making your decision, as you can review the respective answers from each company and weigh the pros and cons. Here are some things to think about: What would a typical day look like? How many patients are on caseload and what type of pace should you be expecting in the facility? If you’re sick, who is responsible for finding a replacement?  Will your direct supervisor be present in the facility? Will you have a mentor? Is there opportunity for advancement? Will your performance be evaluated annually? Is a retirement plan offered?  How are the health benefits? Are there other perks or incentives? Are there opportunities for advanced training?

Keep an open mind and ask any additional questions that are relevant to you. Remember, it’s your time to shine! Impress them with your ability to show up to this interview with your A-game. Trust me, your preparation will be appreciated and will not go unnoticed.


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