Job Interview Tips for Our Medical Professionals
BY: Matina Koulourioti, Recruitment Consultant at MediCarrera
As soon as we have your CV, we start working actively to find a position for you among all work offers available. We present the currently open positions in your speciality in a Zoom or a telephone conversation and inform you about the selection process, the services and support MediCarerra offers to you and your family.
Make sure to have a CV that really expresses your motivation and represents your experience and knowledge. The employer will decide whether they are interested in you or not based solely on a piece of paper. Be as detailed as possible, show both your professional and personal side because this can make a huge difference. In order to present yourself in the best possible way, we offer a CV template and a CV guide that can help you fill it in.
The selected doctors, dentists and nurses first have an online interview with the future employer, before going on a study tour, which usually takes two or three days. Here are our tips for the interview with the employer, whether it’s online or in person during the study tour.
1. Prepare in advance
During the interview, the professionals from the hospital will have some questions for you related to your specialization, experience and training until now. It is also possible that they will make some tests on techniques or methods that you use as a specialist doctor.
Try to practise your answers before the interview. Speak clearly and enthusiastically about your experiences and skills. Don’t be afraid of short pauses. You may need a few seconds to formulate an answer. During the interview, you need to be professional but also yourself at the same time.
Try not to lose your enthusiasm and be positive. If you are asked about a low grade, a sudden job change, or a weakness in your background, don’t be defensive. Focus on the facts instead and emphasize what you learned from the experience.
2. Listen carefully
Listen very carefully to what the interviewer is asking and try to only address the questions being asked. Of course, you have to be prepared, but try to focus on what is being said at the moment and not only on what you’ve prepared.
Make sure you are not only listening but also reading between the lines. Sometimes what is not said is just as important as what is said. Don’t let outside influences distract you during the interview.
3. Ask questions
During the interview, you have the opportunity to find out important information that you need to know. Asking questions is also a way of showing interest and motivation for the job position. Keep in mind that the job interview is a two-way street. It’s an opportunity for you to sell yourself, but also to learn more about the workplace to see if the position and environment are a good fit for you.
Go in with a few questions, such as details about the type of work that the position entails, the corporate culture, and the typical career path of someone who holds the position. And don’t be scared to speak up: not asking questions can signal that you’re uninformed or uninterested.
“During the interview, you have the opportunity to find out important information that you need to know. Asking questions is also a way of showing interest and motivation for the job position.”
4. Online interview
If you’re having an online interview think about the location and the background. Set up a clean, neutral background with good lighting. Avoid sitting in front of a window and also in public spaces. Use your computer with a good internet connection, rather than the phone.
The dress code at the Swedish/Norwegian/Danish job interviews in health care is more business casual than business formal.
If you have a headphone set with a microphone, use it – especially if you’re in a public space. Your computer picks up a lot of background noise. By using a headset, they’ll be able to hear you more clearly and with less distracting background noises.
5. Have a positive attitude
A job interview can be a high-pressure situation, but freezing up and looking nervous will make you lose points in the few critical moments you have to shine. Smiling naturally will make you appear confident, friendly, and approachable. A smile conveys that you’re someone who can get along with fellow employees and patients.
Please remember that all three days of the study tour are part of the evaluation process and even the informal moments could influence the outcome of the interview. MediCarrera makes sure to support the candidates every step of the way. If you made your decision and want to become a part of the Scandinavian public healthcare register here.