After submitting your cover letter and resume for a job you want, you’ve landed an interview. Congratulations! Although there is no way to know exactly what questions you’ll be asked during a interview, familiarizing yourself with commonly asked interview questions will help prepare you. Preparing for an interview is important in order to refresh your memory of relevant projects and situation and deliver your answers with confidence. We’ve put together a list of the most commonly asked interview. While we don’t recommend having a canned response for every question, we do recommend taking time to get comfortable what question you may be asked.
- Can you tell me a little about yourself?
Although this question may seem simple, often people fail to prepare for it. The hiring manager isn’t asking to hear your complete employment history; your resume should answer that. Instead prepare a concise and compelling pitch for yourself. Use this time to sell yourself and explain exactly why you’re the right fit for the position. You may want to include 2-3 specific accomplishments that you think the interviewer should know about you. Then conclude your answer with how your previous experience makes you the best candidate for the position.
- Why Should We Hire You?
Companies want to hire employees who are passionate about their job, so you should have an authentic answer about why you want the position. Start by identifying key factors that show you are a great fit for the position. It’s important to also share what attracted you to work for the company. The best answer is one that incorporates your personal career goals with the facility’s mission.
- How Do You Handle Stressful Situations?
Working in the healthcare industry can be a stressful career, so it is important to prove to the interviewer that you are capable of handling stressful situation. The best way to answer this question is by giving relevant examples from a previous position when you dealt with a stressful situation effectively. You can also add ways in which you cope with stress in your personal life, like yoga or working out.
- What is Your Biggest Weakness?
For many people, this is a very difficult question to answer, especially without preparation. The trick is answering in a way that presents your weakness as a strength. An example of a good answer might be – My biggest weakness is being a perfectionist. I try my best to give patients exceptional care and tend to feel let down when a treatment isn’t effective. However, I use it as motivation to work harder.
- Tell Me What You Know About This Organization.
Make sure to do your homework prior to your interview. Has the organization been in the news recently? Find out who the main players are. No matter what position you are applying for, it’s important to know about the organization in order to stand out against your competition as someone who comes prepared and is genuinely interested in the company and job.
Landing an interview for a position can be very exciting. It’s also natural to be nervous on the day of your interview. However, with a little preparation, you will come across as knowledgeable, relaxed and confident, and in turn impress the interviewer.