Five Interview Tips

Five Interview Tips

Y’all! I have some super exciting news to share!

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This week I started a BRAND NEW JOB! I am so excited about it! I left my job in medical sales for an awesome opportunity in medical staffing. It is a total switch up and I am psyched for the challenge!

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Have you ever felt stuck in your job or like there was just no where for you to go? It can be SO frustrating and disheartening. I feel so strongly about orthopedic medicine and the mission behind my old company (Motion is Medicine, y’all), but I wasn’t having fun anymore. So when this opportunity came up, I jumped at it. Jumping into the job hunt or interview process can be scary, so I’m here to offer you some tips on how to ace your interviews to help you find your dream job!

  1. Show up 10 minutes early (at least) with 3 copies of your resume printed. You always want to make sure your interviewer has a copy of your resume and you also want to make sure it is printed nicely and not wrinkled, etc. (duh).
  2. Remember to breathe. It is 100% normal to be nervous during an interview. When the interviewer asks you a question, take a second before you answer and take a breath. If you start rattling off the first thing that comes in your head, you might get tongue tied. Word vomit is not your friend in an interview.
  3. Prior to the interview, DO YOUR RESEARCH. Know a little bit about the company you are looking into and definitely look up the person who is conducting the interview. LinkedIn is a great resource for this and it shows interest because they can see you viewed their profile. Knowing about the company does two main things. 1. You can decide if you think it is a good fit for you. An interview is a two way street. They do not hold all the power, you have the right to say no if you’re not interested. And 2. It can pose questions that you may want answered. For instance, if you see they have locations in a place you may want to move in the future you could ask about opportunities for growth and promotions between branches.
  4. I always ask these three questions and they always seem to engage the interviewer:
    1. What are some challenges you foresee in this role? This question will give you a realistic look at what would be involved in the new job. It could be a challenging territory, a difficult personality to work with, or unrealistic goals. At least if you know up front, you can be prepared.
    2. What are your expectations for this role in 3 months/6months/1year? This also give you a clear layout of what is expected of you. Will you be training for a while and then held accountable for certain things? Is there a employment trial period? These expectations will basically give you a timeline as to what success looks like.
    3. This questions is my FAVORITE. What are your reservations at this point? This is always the last question I ask and it typically lets me know where I stand. If they list several reasons or red flags they have, then maybe the interview didn’t go well or you might not be a good fit. People have always been honest with me when I ask this and it gives you an opportunity to clear up anything that may have been misconstrued.
  5. Always send a “thank you” to the interviewer. Depending on the setting an email or hand written note may be appropriate. If you are handwriting, write them out before your interview and have the envelope in your car. Drop it in the mail as soon as you leave and you can almost guarantee they will receive it next day. If you have mainly communicated over email to set up the interview than that is appropriate and can be done immediately following the interview while it is fresh in your mind. The message does not have to be long, but it should be sincere.

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I hope you found these tips helpful! Also, how perfect is this outfit for work?! I wore it on my first day at my new job and felt confident and cute the whole day!

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Changing jobs can be scary, but I haven’t felt this excited about work in a long time. These first few days have been a whirlwind, but I’m learning so much and am genuinely excited about what I’m doing! I have a feeling this next chapter is going to be a good one.

xo,
Lindsey
 

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4 Comments

  1. May 17, 2018 / 8:57 am

    Great post. These are awesome tips. I also like to add that I always print my resume on nicer paper, usually a linen paper with a watermark. It gives it that extra oomph I think it needs to stand out. Love the outfit.
    Xoxo-j

  2. Hannah
    May 17, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    Proud of you for stepping out of the box! You’re going to kill it! Xo Han

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