Interviews are used to get to know you as a person and assess you on criteria other than test scores & GPA.
If you treat an interview like you would a class and prepare, you will feel less nervous and be much more confident going in. Here are steps you can take to prepare:
- Set up a mock interview with me
- Download my list of possible questions I could ask you
- Write a list of all the meanginful experiences you've had during your journey
- Write down the mentors and guides you've had along the way
- What did they show you? Why were they helpful?
- What is one memory you can think of you had with each one that was impactful in your journey?
- Read magazines, newspapers, current events to be informed about current issues in the health fields
- Re-read all your application materials
- Anything in your application is fair game and it can be easy to forget what you wrote
- Be prepared to discuss ethical issues and answer hypothetical questions
- Be ready to answer questions about your grades (high and low) and test scores
- Create lists of examples you could name if you were asked hypothetical questions about:
- Ethical Issues/Morals
- Memorable/Proud Moment
- Challenging/Tough Issue
- Making decisions/prioritzing
- Time management/Organization
- Download my comprehensive list of hypothetical scenario questions and examples of types of questions
Mock Interview with Me
Our mock interview focus on content of answers. We go over classic and not-so-classic questions to build your confidence and push your skills. I give you feedback on answers and teach you to turn "A" answer into "A+" answers.
I take notes during our conversation, which you take with you, so you can see what you said and what my feedback and comments were. While I focus on content, I still give feedback on your overall posture, poise, etc. To set up an interview with me, email me.
UAHs Career Development Center also does Mock Interviews and can give guidance on how you speak and carry yourself. They also record your interview, so you can see what you looked like while speaking. To set up an interview with their office, click here or call 256-824-6741.
- Give plenty of time to travel and find the location.
- Take extra time to eat breakfast.
- Dress in business clothes!
- Bring water, extra copies of resume, a notebook, and a pen.
- You're always "on"! From the moment you arrive you being watched!
During the Interview
- Write people's names on your notebook so you can remember them later
- While listening to questions or explanations, nod slowly instead of quickly
- This shows listening skills instead of looking like you are wanting to interrupt others
- Take notes during the interview, especially when you get responses to your questions
- If questions have multiple parts, don't be afraid to use your notebook to write down each part so you can stay organized.
- Think, and if needed, pause before rushing to answer a question. Shows you are willing to take a second to process.
- Ask questions when they allow you! Have more questions than they have time for you to ask!
- Need help coming up with questions? Download my tips on interviews and see a list of possible things to ask!
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