Five Must Do’s for a Successful Clinical Interview

August 8, 2016

You may work wonders with a scalpel or IV, but how do you convey your strengths in words, face to face, with a career gatekeeper who has never performed clinical tasks themselves?

Jami Overcash is the lead recruiter at Providence Health, which consists of two fully functioning hospitals and more than a dozen satellite physician practices. We asked her for tips on how to nail a successful clinical interview.

  1.  What should you bring to an interview for a clinical position?  You should bring at least 3 – 5 questions related to the job and or company.  This will show that you have done your research on the company and you have interest in working here.

  1. How should you dress for an interview for a clinical position? Professional!  Suit and tie would be nice, however, some clinical folks are only used to wearing scrubs, so slacks and a jacket are nice for a male.  Women can wear casual professional if they don’t want to wear a suit.

  1. When should you arrive at an interview for a clinical position? 15 minutes earlier than the scheduled interview.  30 minutes is too early and never come later than the appointment.

  1. What should you be prepared to say in an interview for a clinical position? Be prepared to talk about your strengths, weaknesses, why you want to be an employee of that company, what you can bring to that company, your passions in relation to work and what you see yourself doing in five years.

  1. What is something you should do after the clinical interview is complete?  Make sure you get a business card and then write a personal thank you note to each of the people with whom you interviewed. At a minimum, email the Director to whom you would be reporting.

Jami Overcash fields candidates for a wide variety of positions at the system’s health care facilities ranging from environmental services, to security, to clinical, to administrative.