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Video Interview Tips for the COVID-19 Era

Since the pandemic started, many hospitals have shut down and are not allowing visitors including people coming in for in person videos. Video interviews have become very important in the interview process and being used by almost all employers. It’s now a key decision making step, and in some cases the way employers are hiring staff. You need to be prepared to ensure your interview is a success.

It’s a bit different looking into a computer camera or phone screen instead of sitting across from someone. But with these tips you will be ready to shine.

 

Ace your video interviews with these six tips:

 

Test your technology – even if you’re tech savvy, it’s important to check everything; because if it can go wrong – it will.

  • Test a few days before, don’t wait until the last minute
  • Be sure your phone or laptop are charged
  • Download the app you’re using days prior to the interview, make sure that you have the most up to date version
  • Ensure your internet connection is good and not spotty
  • Test your microphone
  • Clean the camera lens
  • Get ready 10-15 minutes before the interview
  • Do a test video interview with a friend the day before and a final check the day of

 

Dress for the video interview – Just because it’s on camera doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress for success. Wear what you would for an in-person interview. When you do your test with a friend put on the clothes you’re planning to see how it looks.

 

No distractions please – Choose a room/location that’s neat. Check what’s behind you and keep the area free of inappropriate items and clutter. You want to keep distractions to a minimum, consider a room with a door so your kids or pets don’t’ suddenly become part of the interview. You want the focus on you, not your cat. Good lighting is important so that the interviewer can see you clearly. Again, check this all during your test.

 

Good eye contact – Think of this as an in-person interview and maintain eye contact like you would during an interview. Tip: Look at the camera and not the screen. It will seem weird at first but it works. Place your camera at eye level (if it’s not, you will look as if you’re looking down to the interviewer).

 

 

Be prepared – This is an interview, so it’s important to be ready. Review the company’s website, news articles, reviews, etc. so that you’re up on the company’s culture. Look up the person you’re interviewing with.  Have a glass of water nearby in case your mouth gets dry. In addition, you should have a copy of your resume and any notes on projects and accomplishments you might want to highlight. And paper and pen for notes.

 

Be ready for common questions  – like ‘Tell me about yourself’ (Read our Blog for tips) and other basics questions. Practice your responses.

 

Body language still matters – Positive body language during the interview is vital.  Smile and maintain an agreeable facial expression. Nodding your head, leaning forward are all good signs of positive body language.

 

 

 

 

Preparation will help you make a good impression and is the key to nailing your video interview.

Good luck.

 

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What To Do After Your Interview

Your interview is done and you think it went well. What’s next?

Here are six things you should do after your interview:

Wait to call your friends or family – It’s a mistake to call from the elevator since you don’t know everyone in the company and just might say the wrong thing and ruin your chances. Wait to give them the details when you’re in your car.

 

Reflect on how the interview went – Honestly assess how you answered their questions. Gauge the reactions of the interviewers. Is there something you missed, could have said better or need to clarify? Recommend that you write down your thoughts and important details you discussed.

 

Did you like the job?  After meeting people in the company and getting a better sense of the job duties and the people you would be working with, is this the job you want and is it the right fit for you?

 

Thank you note to seal the deal – You should have collected business cards from the people you interviewed with. Writing thank you notes is important. It is surprising how many people do not write follow up thank you notes. You can send an email or handwritten note, whichever you choose, send the note the same day of the interview or no later than the following morning. Be sure to personalize each note and cover something unique that you discussed and why you are the right person for the job. See our thank you note blog post for more tips on this important step.

 

Follow-up – During the interview, you asked about their timeline and the decision process and now with that information you should be proactive and follow up. Email or call 3- 5 business days after the interview. Make the contact brief – you’re just checking in to find out how the process is going. Be polite, professional. This keeps you in their mind.

 

Have Patience – Waiting to hear back on their decision can feel like forever and is stressful. Your instinct might be to call daily or keep emailing. Don’t. It’s a process and it takes time.

 

These tips will help you stand out and will improve your chances of moving forward in the process. However, no matter how great this job might be, you have not gotten an offer yet, so you need to keep up your job hunt while you wait to see if the offer comes through.

 

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Top 6 Video Interview Tips

Video interviews are more common and is being frequently used by employers. It’s now an important step in the interview process and you need to be prepared to ensure your interview is a success.

It’s a bit different looking into a computer camera or phone screen instead of sitting across from someone. But with these tips you will be ready to shine.

 

Ace your video interview with these six tips:

 

Test your technology – even if you’re tech savvy, it’s important to check everything; because if it can go wrong – it will.

  • Test a few days before, don’t wait until the last minute
  • Be sure your phone or laptop are charged
  • Download the app you’re using days prior to the interview, make sure that you have the most up to date version
  • Ensure your internet connection is good and not spotty
  • Test your microphone
  • Clean the camera lens
  • Get ready 10-15 minutes before the interview
  • Do a test video interview with a friend the day before and a final check the day of

 

Dress for the video interview – just because it’s on camera doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress for success. Wear what you would for an in-person interview. When you do your test with a friend put on the clothes you’re planning to see how it looks.

 

No distractions please – Choose a room/location that’s neat. Check what’s behind you and keep the area free of inappropriate items and clutter. You want to keep distractions to a minimum, consider a room with a door so your kids or pets don’t’ suddenly become part of the interview. You want the focus on you, not your cat. Good lighting is important so that the interviewer can see you clearly. Again, check this all during your test.

 

Good eye contact – think of this as an in-person interview and maintain eye contact like you would during an interview. Tip: Look at the camera and not the screen. It will seem weird at first but it works. Place your camera at eye level (if it’s not, you will look as if you’re looking down to the interviewer).

 

 

Be prepared – just like with any interview, review the company’s website, news articles, reviews, etc. so that you’re up on the company’s culture. Look up the person you’re interviewing with.  Have a glass of water nearby in case your mouth gets dry. In addition, you should have a copy of your resume and any notes on projects and accomplishments you might want to highlight. And paper and pen for notes.

 

Be ready for common questions  – like ‘Tell me about yourself’ (Read our Blog for tips) and other basics questions. Practice your responses.

 

Body language still matters – positive body language during the interview is vital.  Smile and maintain an agreeable facial expression. Nodding your head, leaning forward are all good signs of positive body language.

 

 

 

 

Preparation will help you make a good impression and is the key to nailing your video interview.

Good luck.

 

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Interview Question – Tell Me About Yourself

“Tell me about yourself.”

The four most dreaded words in an interview. This question is one of the most asked and the most flubbed. Eyes grow wide and there’s confusion accompanied by stuttering. But why? Sure it’s a boring question but as a Advanced Practice Provider, you can make it interesting with a great answer. If you change your thinking. You can make – tell me about yourself – the beginning of a great interview and maybe a brand new job. You just have to change how you see the question.

 

First, your answer needs to show confidence. Don’t hesitate like you don’t know who you are. You know! Make sure your response is concise, honest and enthusiastic. Show them right off the bat that you are sure of yourself and what you can bring to the company. Your goal is answer the question and make good impression right from the start.

 

A few ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Question  – do’s and don’ts:

Don’t:

  • Don’t tell them your entire life story
  • Don’t talk about every job – in essence a verbal resume
  • Don’t give a long rambling answer
  • Don’t ask questions like – do you mean me as a person or my jobs? Or What do you want to know? You might as well say, I’m unprepared and give the job to someone else.

 

Do:  

Remember, this question is about selling your professional self. It’s important because it sets the tone of the rest of the interview.

  • Prepare – take time and write out your answer to the question.
  • Practice. Practice. Practice.
  • Though your answer is about you – it’s really about them and what are going to do for them as a Advanced Practice Provider.
  • Think about which of your strengths and/or achievements are relevant to the job.
  • Research – find the job description so you’re sure you know what they feel is important for the position.

 

As you work on your answer, think about it in three parts: Who are you now / Why your skills or why you / Why you are a good fit

  • Part one – Who are you now – I’m a Nurse Practitioner working with a busy internal medicine practice and see 15-20 patients daily. I’ve been working as NP for the past five years and love it.
  • Part two – Why you? What makes you special – what you’ve achieved, show off your skills. Giving examples or telling a brief story can help make you even more compelling. My background includes working in the ER prior to this job and I am able to handle a fast paced environment. Patients respond well to me and I enjoy helping them.
  • Part three – show them why you’re a good fit. I’m very excited about this job; it’s where I see my career as a NP going. I’m excited about to be able to use the cardiology skills I gained with my current practice more extensively with your practice. And I read that Dr. So and so has just started a community program that I’d love to be apart of.   You get the idea; a little extra research never hurts.

 

Being prepared to tell an interviewer about yourself starts your interview on a positive note.

 

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6 Tips to Make a Good First Impression at an Interview

First impressions, various studies have said are made early, sometimes in as little as a minute. And a negative impression can be hard to change. A good first impression will carry you through the interview process.

Here are 6 easy tips to make a good impression:

  1. Look good – dress professional and appropriate for the job. Go light on cologne or perfume. Your appearance is an easy way to make a good first impression.
  2. Be on Time – arrive 10-15 minutes before your interview. Being late gives the impression that you’re unreliable and not organized.
  3. Smile – first things first, look happy to be there (even if you’re nervous). It’s a positive first step. And don’t forget to smile during the interview.
  4. A good handshake – a firm handshake still matters and is a way to show confidence. Practice, if yours is a bit wimpy or too strong.
  5. Eye contact – having good eye contact lets them know that you’re paying attention, showing you’re comfortable and sincere.
  6. Be prepared – know the company from your research, reread the job description and prep yourself for the potential questions you might be asked.

Making a good first impression is the first step. Starting out confident will help you through the interview process.

 

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What Should You do After Your Interview

You have finished your interview and you think it went well. What’s next?

Here are 8 things you should do after your interview:

Understand their process – Before you leave ask about their timeline and the decision process and find out who you need to follow up with.

 

Get business cards – Be sure you get the cards of each person you met.

 

Don’t call your friends or family in the elevator – you don’t know everyone in the company and just might say the wrong thing and ruin your chances. Wait until you’re in your car.

 

Reflect on how you did – honestly assess the interview and how you felt you answered the questions. Gauge the reactions of the interviewers. Is there something you missed, could have said better or need to clarify? Recommend that you write down your thoughts and important details you discussed.

 

Did you like the job?  After meeting people in the company and getting a better sense of the job duties and the people you would be working with, is this the job you want and is it the right fit for you?

 

Thank you note to seal the deal  – you would be surprised how many people do not write follow up thank you notes. You can send an email or handwritten note, whichever you choose it needs to be sent the same day of the interview. Be sure to personalize each note and cover something unique from the interview and why you are the right person for the job. See our thank you note blog post for more tips on this important step.

 

Follow-up – be proactive and follow up. Email or call 3- 5 business days after the interview. Make the contact brief – you’re just checking in to find out how the process is going. Be polite, professional. This  keeps you in their mind.

 

Have Patience – waiting to hear back can feel like forever and is stressful. Your instinct might be to call daily or keep emailing. Don’t. It’s a process and it takes time.

 

These tips will help you stand out and will improve your chances of moving forward in the process. However, no matter how great this job might be, it’s not yours yet so you need to keep up your job hunt while you wait to see if the offer comes through.

 

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Skip These Interview Questions

Asking questions during an interview is important but the key is to ask the right questions. The wrong question might give the interviewer a negative impression of you. Bad questions can ruin your chances to get the job.

Here are 5 interview questions you should not ask:

 

What does your company do?

It’s never a good idea to ask a question that you should have researched prior to your interview.  The question shows that you’re not prepared. The interviewer might question if they can trust that you’ll do what’s necessary to do a good job for the company.

 

What’s the salary?

It’s tempting but do not ask about the salary on a phone interview or your first in-person interview. Wait until you get the later interview stages when it’s more appropriate. Though sometimes it comes up during the interview and then it’s fine to discuss salary.

 

Can I work part time? or Can we discuss changing the schedule?

Yikes, you’re interviewing for a full time job and asking about part time or to change the schedule. This does not give the right signal and can cause alarm that if you take the job you’ll leave when you find a part time job or one with the schedule you want.

 

I noticed you had another job opening – can we discuss that job too?

Asking about other specialties openings is normally not a good idea. It can be interrupted that you are not interested in the job that you are interviewing for.

 

How soon can I take vacation time off?

You don’t have the job yet and asking about time off is not a good idea. Many companies give you a list of benefits for you to review and this question is best discussed once you have an offer to negotiate.

 

The best way to be successful at your interview is to be prepared. Be ready with good questions and give them a great impression of your background and experience.

 

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Nail your Video Interview

Video interviews are being used more frequently by employers. It’s an important step in the interview process and you need to be prepared to ensure your interview is a success.

 

It’s a bit different looking into a computer camera or phone screen instead of sitting across from someone. But with these tips you will be ready to shine.

 

Ace your video interview with these six tips:

 

Test your technology – even if you’re tech savvy, it’s important to check everything; because if it can go wrong – it will.

  • Test a few days before, don’t wait until the last minute
  • Be sure your phone or laptop are charged
  • Download the app you’re using days prior to the interview, make sure that you have the most up to date version
  • Ensure your internet connection is good and not spotty
  • Test your microphone
  • Clean the camera lens
  • Get ready 10-15 minutes before the interview
  • Do a test video interview with a friend the day before and a final check the day of

 

Dress for the video interview – just because it’s on camera doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress for success. Wear what you would for an in-person interview. When you do your test with a friend put on the clothes you’re planning to see how it looks.

 

Location matters – Choose a room/location that’s neat. Check what’s behind you and keep the area free of inappropriate items and clutter. You want to keep distractions to a minimum, consider a room with a door so your kids or pets don’t’ suddenly become part of the interview. Good lighting is important so that the interviewer can see you clearly. Again, check this all during your test.

 

Good Eye Contact – think of this as an in-person interview and maintain eye contact like you would during an interview. Tip: Look at the camera and not the screen. It will seem weird at first but it works. Place your camera at eye level (if it’s not, you will look as if you’re looking down to the interviewer).

 

Be prepared – just like with any interview, review the company’s website, news articles, reviews, etc. so that you’re up on the company’s culture. Look up the person you’re interviewing with.  Have a glass of water nearby in case your mouth gets dry. In addition, you should have a copy of your resume and any notes on projects and accomplishments you might want to highlight. And paper and pen for notes.

Be ready for common questions  – like ‘Tell me about yourself’ (Read our Blog for tips) and other basics questions. Practice your responses.

 

Body language still matters – positive body language during the interview is vital.  Smile and maintain an agreeable facial expression. Nodding your head, leaning forward are all good signs of positive body language.

 

Preparation will help you make a good impression and is the key to nailing your video interview.

Good luck.

 

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How to Write a Memorable Thank You Note After Your Interview

Be honest, you hate sending thank you notes. You were probably forced to write them each holiday, birthday or graduation. They  seem old fashioned. And that’s why sending a thank you note is still a good idea. Everything old is new again!

Why Thank You Notes Work

Forget the hate because sending a thank you note after your interview is a great way to stand out and show appreciation for their time and the interview. It shows that you follow up and gives a good impression.

thankyou515514_1280People like feeling special and thank you notes accomplish that. And when they meet to discuss you; your note will come up. It keeps you in front of the decision makers.

Best Format for Thank you Notes

Handwritten card or email? Both work.

 

Email advantages include someone not having to decipher your bad handwriting and they’re faster. And they’ll be read normally the day they’re sent since most people check their email a couple of times a day.

 

If you decide to go the handwritten route; the extra effort can go a long way. However, snail mail can be your enemy so be sure to send your note within a day of the interview so it’s received within a few days.

 

How to make your Thank you Note stand out?

  1. Spelling and Grammar check – Quality is important and nothing ruins a great note like bad grammar and misspelled words. So be sure to spell check and proofread your work.
  1. Personalize It – be sure each note you send is individualized to the person and your encounter with them. If you’re sending an email, take the time to send an email to each person you interviewed with. Group emails are impersonal and lack impact.
  1. Remind them about your skills and experience – a well written sentence or two reminding them of your qualifications is a good idea.
  1. Overcome Objections – sometimes during the interview, the interviewer might bring up a potential issue, use the note answer the concern with a solution.
  1. If you forgot something – if you need to add to the information you discussed or if there was something you meant to tell them use the thank you note to briefly tell them the information.

 

Here’s a Sample Thank you note:

Barbara,

Thank you for meeting with me today to discuss the Physician Assistant opening with your  cardiology group.

 

I enjoyed our conversation and getting to know more about the practice. Our discussion and meeting the other providers reinforced why I am interested in the position.

 

I feel confident that my experience will help make me a valuable member to your team. If you have any questions or need anything else, please contact me.

 

Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Best Regards, (or Sincerely)

 

Taking the time to write a well written thank you makes stand out and improves your chances for a job offer.

 

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How To Answer – Tell Me About Yourself

“Tell me about yourself.” The most dreaded interview question. It’s almost always asked and easily  flubbed. Eyes grow wide and there’s confusion accompanied by stuttering. But why? Sure it’s a boring question but as a Advanced Practice Provider, you can make it interesting with a great answer.

Changing your thinking can make – tell me about yourself – the beginning of a great interview and maybe a brand new job. You just have to change how you see the question.

 

First, your answer needs to show confidence. Don’t hesitate like you don’t know who you are. You know! Make sure your response is concise, honest and enthusiastic. Show them right off the bat that you are sure of yourself and what you can bring to the company. Your goal is answer the question and make good impression right from the start.

 

Tell Me About Yourself Question Do’s and Don’ts:

Don’ts:

  • Don’t tell them your entire life story
  • Don’t talk about every job – in essence a verbal resume
  • Don’t give a long rambling answer
  • Don’t ask questions like – do you mean me as a person or my jobs? Or What do you want to know? You might as well say, I’m unprepared and give the job to someone else.

 

Do’s:  

Remember, this question is about selling your professional self. It’s important because it sets the tone of the rest of the interview.

  • Prepare – take time and write out your answer to the question.
  • Practice. Practice. Practice.
  • Though your answer is about you – it’s really about them and what are going to do for them as a Advanced Practice Provider.
  • Think about which of your strengths and/or achievements are relevant to the job.
  • Research – find the job description so you’re sure you know what they feel is important for the position.

Prepare your Tell Me About Yourself Answer:

As you work on your answer, think about it in three parts: Who are you now / Why your skills or why you / Why you are a good fit

  • Part one – Who are you now – I’m a Nurse Practitioner  or Physician Assistant working with a busy internal medicine practice and see 15-20 patients daily. I’ve been working as NP for the past five years and love it.
  • Part two – Why you? What makes you special – what you’ve achieved, show off your skills. Giving examples or telling a brief story can help make you even more compelling. My background includes working in the ER prior to this job and I am able to handle a fast paced environment. Patients respond well to me and I enjoy helping them.
  • Part three – show them why you’re a good fit. I’m very excited about this job; it’s where I see my career as a NP/PA going. I’m excited about to be able to use the cardiology skills I gained with my current practice more extensively with your practice. And I read that Dr. So and so has just started a community program that I’d love to be apart of.   You get the idea; a little extra research never hurts.

Being prepared and ready to answer this question makes sure you start your interview on a positive note.

 

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