Job Interview Tips — Key Points

The first impression is made within 30 seconds of meeting – Make it a good one!  

First impressions are made in the first 30 seconds!

  1. Make sure it is a good one!  Greet everyone with a smile and a firm handshake.  Dress professionally and immaculately.  Wear a dark, order well-pressed suit, white shirt, and polished shoes.  Avoid too much jewelry, power ties, strong perfume, or overuse of aftershave lotion.

Come 10 minutes early and come prepared.

Always go into an interview believing that this is the only position you want.

  1. Relate your achievements as they apply to the opening and what you can do for them.  The better the job you do selling yourself and your capabilities, pharm the better the offer.  Once the offer is extended, then and only then do you have something to consider.

Do your homework. (This is the biggest complaint from clients!!)
Researching Companies on the Internet

  1. Always research the industry, physician the company, the hiring manager, and the position for which you will be interviewing.  Your professional recruiter will provide you with much of this information.  Visit your local library or go out on the web and read the company’s annual report.

Target your skills to meet the needs of the company.

  1. Before you attempt to sell yourself, listen first to the valuable information given during the warm up stage of the interview about the company’s needs and the skills required for the position.  Then target yourself to their needs and desires.

Be enthusiastic – it is contagious.

  1. Good personal chemistry is one of the most common reasons for being hired.  Always express your genuine interest and excitement about the position, the company, and their goals.  Project self-confidence by speaking positively about your abilities, related experience, and willingness to acquire new skills.

The goal of an interview is to go to the next step.

  1. The next step might mean a second interview, a job offer, or perhaps upon closer evaluation, the position turns out to be a poor match.  A good rule of thumb is to expect nothing, but be prepared for everything. You could be offered the position on the spot.


“Is there anything in my background, or anything we discussed today that would keep us from going to the next step?”

    • If the response is positive, express your enthusiasm and restate your interest in the position.  Then determine how to proceed to the next step. If the response is negative, attempt to address the issues, and then return to the closing question.  At the very least, if you can learn something constructive from each interview, you should consider it a success.  This new found knowledge should assist you to do better in future interviews.