The First Real Interview
I sat for my first interview on Friday. I was sweating the entire time. I wore a scarf and had to take it off. I usually don't get very nervous for interviews, but for some reason when the interviewer started to go through the benefits packages, I started to realize how important the next 1-2 hours were going to be. Health insurance, you say? You mean I won't just use what the university offers? 401K matching? Percentages, dental, and vision? She had officially sent me into a panic, but I thankfully recovered with enough time to pull myself together before the formal questioning.
Overall, I think it went great. I felt confident, having prepared for 2-3 days ahead of time. I find it most useful to think back on clinical scenarios that have been any number of things: challenging, success stories, teamwork-driven etc. That way, when they ask questions, I at least have a bank to draw from and I don't feel completely caught off-guard. It worked really well. I also go through the usual ahead of time -- strengths, weaknesses, a time when someone was difficult to work with and how I reacted, and similar situations. For me, it takes the stress away of coming up with an immediate answer. If I go in with the sense that I've prepared, then I'm much more confident.
I also prefer to write down a few questions ahead of time. Whether they are based on research I've done about the company (and purely meant to prove that I know something about the organization I'm trying to work for), or if it's to acquire some new information about the position, I feel much more engaged when I have something ready. They are inevitably going to ask you if you have questions, so you might as well put some together. In the end, I think it worked. Apparently I could hear as soon as this week about their hiring decisions, so keep your fingers crossed for me. Either way, I'm happy to have the first one completed and the prospect of my future employment lurking somewhere in the future.