Have you ever met anyone who dressed well, had polished shoes, combed hair, etc., and you thought, “Well, that’s a put-together person.” You probably also thought this person was competent, capable and “on the ball.”
But what would you think if, when the person opened his or her mouth, out came a slew of curse words and racist epithets? Or used incorrect grammar?
To paraphrase Sesame Street, which of these things don’t go together? You’d probably be thrown for a loop: is the person competent? Or is the person a crude misanthrope?
The same can go for all aspects of your job search: your cover letter and resume, your interview outfit, your answers to interview questions. All have an impact on your candidacy and all should reflect the same thing: that you’re competent, capable and “on the ball.”
So, as you look for work as a healthcare traveler, remember the following:
- Your resume/CV and cover letter must be perfect. No typos. Watch your grammar. Be consistent.
- Dress how you want to be perceived. You want to be seen as competent and skilled. So dress for your interview in nice slacks and a collared shirt (men) and nice pants and blouse/skirt (women). Of course a suit and tie (men) and pant/shirt suit (women) is much better.
- Give your interviewer a firm handshake. Not too hard, but not wimpy either.
- Look the interviewer in the eye as you shake hands. Don’t stare, but instead look the person in the eye and smile.
- As you interview, speak clearly. Don’t mumble. Don’t talk too loudly. Don’t talk when looking down – look at the person while you speak. Smile.
- As for your answers, understand that you don’t have to answer right away. If the question is a tough one, it’s OK to pause for a moment to gather your thoughts together. Still, don’t take too long to answer.
- Don’t ramble on and one either. Make your point and be done with it.
- In fact, that’s the whole purpose of an interview: to make the point that you’re competent and skilled. Leave out anything that doesn’t bring that home to your interviewer
- It’s perfectly OK to ask questions. In fact, it’s a sign that you’re interested in the company and the position. Asking a question such as “what are your biggest challenges and how do you look at healthcare travelers to help you meet them” is an excellent query.
What should be your main takeaway? Be consistent in all aspects of your job hunt, from your resume to the handshake at the end of the interview (when you say how much you enjoyed speaking with your interviewer and you look forward to your first assignment as a healthcare traveler).
If you have recent professional experience as an RN, OT, PT, speech therapist, pharmacist, or other allied health professional and you’d like more information on working as a traveling healthcare provider, contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing.