Today’s healthcare industry employers recognize the increased convenience of remote engagement tools available to them. Even if the job you’re applying for requires on-site reporting, you need to be prepared for virtual connections for meetings, collaboration, patient care, and even the interviewing and onboarding processes.
As you explore your healthcare career opportunities, you should be prepared for the virtual interview. Not shaking the hiring manager’s hand means missing out on that critical non-verbal connection. So, how can you make that incredible first impression from behind a screen? Today, we’ll share a few tips for nailing that digital interview.
1. Preparing Your Space Ahead of Time
Before your online healthcare interview takes place, take the time to prepare your space. Be mindful of what background will be visible to the hiring manager. Make sure everything is tidy and neat to reinforce your organization skills. Don’t hop online and realize after the fact that a cluttered counter or pile of laundry was visible the whole time. Instead, do a trial run to inspect what your environment might be saying about you. And if you want to go the extra mile, maybe display some of those awards and certificates behind you.
2. Testing Your Connection Stability
Consider conducting a few trial calls with friends and family to sample new earbuds or to troubleshoot any microphone interference. Make sure your home internet connection is stable for more than five or ten minutes at a time. And if you feel your home connection runs the risk of glitching during your virtual interview, consider going somewhere else with a stronger signal. Just be mindful of limiting any distractions, regardless of where you decide to set up for the call.
3. How to Stand Out on a Webcam
If you were sitting directly across the desk from a healthcare hiring manager, you’d know to make great eye contact. So how can you make that non-verbal connection with a webcam? Look at it! Often, candidates make the mistake of focusing their gazes on other aspects of the screen or downward. Instead, routinely look directly at your webcam, especially when the hiring manager is speaking. And if you do look away to take notes or jot down questions, mention that’s why you’re doing so.
4. It’s Still a Professional Interview
Even if you’re hopping online for a virtual interview from home, remember that it’s still a professional engagement. So dress the part and conduct yourself the same way you would if you were meeting in person. Fix your hair. Put on the tie. If you normally talk with your hands, make sure your hands are presentable on camera. And even if you don’t anticipate a need to stand up, go ahead and look professional below the waist, too. It would be all too embarrassing for you to stand up during the interview, to grab a nearby document, and your sweatpants show up on the screen.
5. No Robots Allowed
It’s definitely recommended that you do a practice run of your interview before the big day. Rehearsal, either alone or with someone else, can help you get the marbles out of your mouth and prepare yourself for delivering answers to tough questions. But what you don’t want to do is perform a monologue during your virtual interview. This isn’t the time for a soapbox presentation, and healthcare hiring managers don’t want to interview robots. Instead, be prepared for a conversation by rehearsing ways to spark dialogue. Be prepared to answer those questions, of course. However, have a few conversation starters in your back pocket as well. It’s the natural flow of discussion that will allow for a more authentic connection rapport-building.
6. Have Your Questions Ready, Too
To piggyback on the previous tip, have your own questions prepared to keep the conversation flowing. The hiring manager may be interviewing you. But remember, you’re interviewing the healthcare organization, as well. And you’ll want to know specifics about company culture, office expectations, and hospital or patient care policies that matter to you.
7. Interview Follow Up & Next Steps
As with any in-person interview, be sure to inquire about the next steps in the hiring process so you can prepare a follow-up strategy. Depending on the nature of the healthcare position you’re interviewing for, you may not be able to stop by for a follow-up visit, for example. Ask as though you’re confident you’re the ideal fit for the role, and then deliver accordingly. If you say you plan to touch base if you haven’t heard back by Thursday, then you need to be calling or emailing a follow-up inquiry on Thursday.
When you’re ready to consider a healthcare career change, let InSync Healthcare Recruiters help by taking the guesswork out of the available positions in your area right now. And take advantage of these tips for nailing the virtual interview.