Preparing for Anesthesia Job Interviews
Interviewing for a position as an anesthesiologist or certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) is very much like interviewing for any professional position, in that putting your best foot forward is key to making a favorable impression. The traditional rules of preparation and etiquette of interviewing always apply. For healthcare practitioners, there are a few additional steps you need to take in order to have a successful interviewing experience.
For Healthcare Professionals
- Pay special attention to your curriculum vitae (CV)—ask someone who practices in your field to review it for content and have several friends/colleagues proofread your CV for grammar, spelling and punctuation.
- A CV is not simply a listing of education, experience and qualifications; hiring decisions have an increasing emphasis on generic skills like teamwork, initiative and teaching/mentoring.
- Do not use the same CV for each position to which you are applying; customize it based on the facility and job description.
- In addition to learning about the organization, learn as much as you can about the department's chief and other leadership and how the unit functions.
- An increasing number of positions use application forms versus CVs so candidate information can be viewed in a standardized format and comparisons between candidates can be made more easily; be sure to carefully review print and online forms before submitting.
- If time permits, ask for a tour of the facility to get a feel for the culture and some of the people with whom you might work.
General Job Interview Tips
- Learn as much as you can about the organization and its staff.
- Practice an interview with a friend or colleague who will provide honest feedback. If you can, practice an interview with someone who works in your specialty.
- Many organizations are now asking questions related to emotional intelligence and anticipated behaviors; spend some time on the Internet researching these areas and be prepared to answer questions.
- Dress conservatively, be well-groomed, do not wear too much perfume or cologne, make sure nails and hair are trimmed and neat, and do not wear too much makeup or jewelry.
- Arrive before the scheduled interview time—you may have to complete paperwork first.
- Practice good eye contact.
- Always offer positive answers to questions and avoid negativity.
- Focus your answers on your accomplishments and successes.
- Use specific examples and scenarios to demonstrate your experience and ability.
- Try not to open yourself to areas of questioning that may be difficult for you to answer.
- Don't just answer questions, be prepared to ask them too—this demonstrates your interest, enthusiasm and motivation for the position and organization; do not ask questions that are easily answered by company literature or a Web site.
- Ask for business cards—this will make it easy to write thank you notes.
- Close the interview by expressing your thanks and restating your interest in the position.
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Sources: Monster, Interview Intelligence, CareerJournal.com