You’ve gone through your closet already once and this is the fourth time you’ve changed clothes, but you need to get it right – after all, this could be the one. The vibe is there and isn’t that half the battle? Now, you just need to shine your shoes and make sure every hair is in place to make that all important first impression. It could be the difference between awkward silence and sealing the deal.
Big lunch date with a new potential someone? Well, kind of, you have a job interview and it’s been a while. Interviewing for a position is a lot like going on that first date. The anticipation is there. Will they like you? Will you stand out in a sea of other potential partners? Do you have what it takes to make a lasting impression?
Job hunting and dating have one major thing in common – you have to sell yourself to someone else. There is more than chemistry involved here. If you want this relationship to last, you have to show them what you have to offer and make a connection.
Author and TV host Alex Malley, The Naked CEO, says preparation is the key whether you are going on a first date or your first real job interview after years. Good prep is the difference between tears and success, so what should you do first?
Go Ahead and Fret About Your Clothes
Think about your date walking into that restaurant for your initial meal. What’s the first thing you notice? How great that person looks? What are they wearing? Do they look neat? An interviewer is drinking in your look the same way. Put the scrubs away and pull out your best business suit. Make sure everything has the appropriate creases and that your shoes blind them when you walk in the door.
You are well into dinner, what are you looking at now? It will take more than an impressive wardrobe to win the interviewer’s heart. Pay attention to the little grooming details. Get a manicure or at least make sure your nails are neat, clean and trimmed. Go easy on the makeup and fragrance or cologne – keep everything light. If you have facial hair, whether it’s a beard, goatee, or moustache, make sure that it’s clean and tidy.
Lose the Fidget
You want that interviewer’s attention fixed on all the great prep you did and the polished CV on the desk, not on you tugging at your jacket, picking at your hands and all those other little fidgeting attributes. There is no wine here to break the ice, so it’s up to you to figure how to avoid the nervous fidget.
Practice in front of a mirror, so you can see the things you are doing to distract that special someone about to decide your future. For example:
- Are you tapping your foot?
- Crossing and uncrossing your arms?
- Biting your fingernails?
Pay attention to your posture, as well. Jada A. Graves with U.S. News & World Report points out that posture matters during a job interview. Look for something that says, “I’m a relaxed, yet alert, detail-oriented physician and someone who is clearly the perfect match for your practice.” Slumping in your chair says something else.
Work on Your Bedside Manner
It is all about communication whether you are sitting across from your date, discussing a diagnosis with a patient or going on a job interview. Effective communication is the key to a successful encounter. Watch your interviewer and mimic that style as much as possible. If he or she is all business, then so are you. If they come off as easy going and relaxed, you can follow that lead, as well.
Don’t Trash Talk
Trash talking about the ex, whether it’s a spouse, former instructor or the last attending you worked with, just reflects badly on you. Everyone has a bad relationship now and then, but keep it out of the interview. Make the encounter positive and focused on why you are the right person for this job. Besides, healthcare is a small world. That faculty member you are trash talking might be the interviewer’s college roommate and best friend.
Go Ahead and Call
Don’t leave your interviewer wondering if you really liked the job or not, follow up with a callback. If the hiring committee is stuck between a number of good candidates, a follow-up call might be just what it takes to win you the position. It says you are a person that cares about the company and really wants to work there. You’re excited about the prospect enough to actually pick up the phone and call.
Keep your follow-up short and sweet, too. There is no reason to go back over all the details or rehash your qualifications. The follow-up call is a message. I like what I saw and hope to see you again soon. It moves your name to the forefront and shows that you care.
With over 24,000 jobs in our database, your odds of getting hired are pretty good as long as you nail that first interview. PhysEmp is about making those special connections and building relationships that last. Whether you are a physician new to the job market or one returning to it, we are the matchmaker for you. Sign up and let us help you find the job that builds your future.