The interview is most often the first place that you are representing yourself in person. This means this is your opportunity to make the best 1st impression possible. Below is advice from interviewing professionals on how to make your best first impression and ace your interview!
- How do I make a good first impression?
The key to making a good first impression is good eye contact, portraying confidence, a firm handshake and simply knowing your stuff. Make sure you are researching the company to understand the corporate culture and know the information off the top of your head.
- Use silence to your advantage.
Interviewing is a conversation. You exchange information with the interviewer so there are bound to be small silences. Take advantage of them and gather your thoughts. If the interviewer asks you a difficult question, take some time to think about it. Your interviewer deserves a thoughtful answer. You might respond with “that’s an interesting question, let me think about that.”
- What if I don’t have much experience?
Draw from a place that is pertinent to your field. Even though you may not have much experience in dosimetry you may have worked in a patient care environment prior or you may have been in job in which a lot is asked of you demonstrating a typical provider-dosimetrist relationship or maybe you were in a position in which you learned to multitask. Even if you don’t have any dosimetry experience, real-world experiences from elsewhere can still apply to dosimetry.
- What do I need to find out about the company?
In a word, everything. You need to know everything that entails your position at the company such as treatment center type, machines, treatment planning systems etc. Do your research and know exactly what will be expected of you in that position.
- What if someone asks an impossible question?
The answer isn’t necessarily the most important part in this case. The key is to take the interviewer through your reasoning no matter what your answer is. In short, you could make it up, but they want to see you work through a problem that you don’t know the exact answer to. You can use this reasoning for questions that you don’t necessarily know the answer to as well.
- How do I address hard feelings about previous employer?
Avoid presenting yourself as being angry at your previous employer. Instead, focus on the positive and what you learned while you were there.
- What is the best way to present yourself in an interview?
Overall, it is important that you present yourself successfully in your interview. Beyond the handshake and questions, make sure that you prove that your views align with the company.
Additional Interviewing Resources
Tips and Tricks for a Successful Face-to-Face Interview
Dos and Don’ts of Phone Interviews
Common Interview Faux Pas