5 Secrets to Help You Get More Job Interviews

March 29th, 2013 4 Min read 5 Secrets to Help You Get More Job Interviews Blog
Job interview secretsIn any economy, it can be difficult to find the perfect healthcare job. When the economy takes a tumble, you may feel like you need the qualifications of a superhero to even get your foot in the door. While being Dr. Mid-Nite won't necessarily get you that job at a top clinic, there are some hiring secrets that can take your résumé from the virtual trash bin to the hiring manager. Tailor Your Résumé, Not Just Your Outfit Most hiring managers can tell when a résumé is generic. While it can be frustrating to make adjustments to your résumé when you're applying for dozens if not hundreds of positions, that little extra step can make all the difference between your résumé getting a second glance or tossed out. You may have several versions of your résumé depending on your work experience and the types of industries you are applying to. In that case, it's even more important that each submission is appropriate. The last thing you want to do is send in that résumé for hospitalist positions when you're applying as an internal medicine doctor. By tailoring your résumé to the job, you're telling the hiring manager that you're interested in that position specifically. Before clicking apply, do your homework on the company. Many hiring managers will only skim résumés for keywords, so use language that will appeal to someone in their position. If you see the job calls for experience working in a group setting, choose words like "team player," "leadership" and "conflict management." While you may not have the precise experience the hiring manager is looking for, words that suggest the same skill set will make it more likely that your résumé gets a longer look. Keep an Eye on Progress Contact is a bit like a soufflé; you want to check to make sure it's ready to serve, but too much attention or too little ruins the meal. It's perfectly acceptable to contact the hiring manager once you've submitted a résumé, and in fact, it can help show interest and enthusiasm for the position. That said, no one will be impressed by constant inquiries. Rather than demonstrate ambition, it showcases desperation or an undesirable level of assertiveness. After submitting your résumé, wait a week or two before sending a follow-up email on its status. Documents get lost in the office shuffle all the time, so it may even be possible that the hiring manager never received your application. It's preferable to follow up via email rather than phone as this allows the HR person to get back when it's convenient for them. Once you've made this second contact with the company, avoid further inquiries. If you don't hear back, accept that your energy would be better spent elsewhere. Follow the Trends More and more, businesses are looking at social media. Strike first by using some of your own platforms. Social media can be an excellent tool for gauging the attitude of the company, and it allows you to make contact in a less-traditional method. Begin by following the company on Facebook and Twitter. Once you have a feel for how the company posts and how responsive it is to comments, begin a conversation. A few well-placed comments can help you stand out against other applicants, and social media is also a place where you can showcase your employment history and education, allowing the company to get a sneak peek at your abilities. The other benefit of using social media is that it shows that you're forward-thinking and progressive, eager to embrace new technologies and strategies. Be Forthcoming With your Goals and Shortcomings This may sound a little strange when a résumé is supposed to be selling your strong points, but employers hate it most when someone wastes their time. If you don't have all of the necessary skills, cover that somewhere. Maybe you've never used a particular program before but have something else in your background that is relative to the position. Letting your potential employer know beforehand can ensure neither of you are disappointed. While you should be clear about your shortcomings, you should also be clear about your goals. Many employers are looking to see what motivates you and why they're a good fit for you. If your answer is generic, expect no enthusiasm from your prospective employer. With so many people looking for any job available, you need to set yourself apart and be able to effectively communicate what it is you're looking for in the facility, where you see yourself going in the facility and what it is specifically about that job that will allow you to get there. If you can't answer those questions, don't expect to impress the hiring manager on your résumé alone. Interview Well Once you've made it all the way to one interview, give it your best shot. There is no telling who knows who in the healthcare industry. Try and leave a lasting impression, even if you are not feeling confident in the interview. Maybe the manager has no need of your skills, but that manager may know a peer who does, and that might be your way into the perfect career. Start your career search today and let CompHealth help you find a healthcare job that will fit you. Also, take a look at a few other résumé and CV-crafting resources from CompHealth Related: How to write a CV that gets results