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Interview Tips

Introduction

You always need to "take temperatures" because people have minds and they're changing them constantly. You need to listen to what they don't say. Being prepared for an interview is vital the following preparation is very unique and effective in conducting a positive interview.

Things to Remember

  • People have to buy you before they buy from you.
  • People hire and accept emotionally first and justify logically later.
  • People are most sold by your conviction rather than by your persuasion.
  • Know your technology, but think PEOPLE.
  • The decision to hire is made in the first 5 to 10 minutes of the interview, with the remaining time spent justifying that decision.

The Candidate Preparation

Please take these notes to the interview and practice the anticipated questions that may be asked and your answers to those questions. Be sure to practice these steps out loud to yourself before the interview.

  • What are the duties and responsibilities of the position I'm applying for? This is an excellent icebreaker question for the hiring authority and a great start to a successful interview. What percentage of my job is dedicated to administration, supervisory, and technical? (This should = 100%.)
  • What is my number one priority that has to be done before I leave each day? Why? (Priorities are personal.)
  • What are the production or sales goals? What obstacles would prevent me from reaching my goals?
  • What are the short and long term goals set for the person in this position?
  • Have questions for the hiring authority. Questions must be written out before the interview, while avoiding the topic of compensation and benefits for the first interview.
  • Salary - this is a trap question. If the question is brought up, a very good response is "I would like as much as the position will pay" OR "I am currently making $_____. Although I would like an increase, I don't know enough about the opportunity to answer that fairly." Be very careful that you don't short yourself. Be sure to keep in mind your base salary, bonus program, stock options, gain sharing programs, performance bonuses, benefits, etc.
  • Ask for the job! "I haven't interviewed in a while, what is the next step? Can we conclude our business today if all goes well?" OR summarize what you've done that ties in with the new position and ask, "Do I have the qualifications you're looking for?" Then remain silent for an answer. If the hiring authority says, "I'm looking at other people," you say, "How do my qualifications match the people you're considering?"

(Your #1 priority is to receive an offer, if this is a position that you desire, your #2 priority is to know the next step.)

Always Send a Follow-Up Letter

After you leave the interview, it is very important that you call the Reid & Associates Account Executive to review the event.

Interview Questions You May Be Asked
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Laboratory Director, Not-for-Profit Hospital in Los Angeles County -

"We retained Reid & Associates to assist in the recruitment for a Laboratory Outreach Manager. We were impressed with the time taken by the team to understand our needs and to get a sense of our o...more »

Chief Nursing Officer, Pediatric Hospital in Southern California -

"I recently had the opportunity to work with Reid & Associates during their search for a CNO for a standalone pediatric hospital facility in Southern California. They were extremely professional a...more »

Human Resources - Recruitment Manager, Pediatric Hospital in Southern California

"I wanted to thank you for the stellar work that you & your team have done on our two searches in recent months. We have been the most impressed with the applications you were able to generate for...more »

Vice President Human Resources, Non-profit Hospital in the Riverside - San Bernardino Area

"Facing a difficult recruitment for a Director of Maternity Services, we retained Reid & Associates to assist. They first took the time to get to know us and our needs. After that, we received wee...more »

Nurse Recruiter for 200 bed Hospital part of Large Health System -

"Casey goes after results! After a difficult search, Casey brought us two final candidates that we just couldn’t say no to. We hired them both and Casey has been instrumental in working through ...more »

Director of Recruitment Services, Faith-based Hospital System in California -

"Patti is a breadth of fresh air in a business where many portray themselves as experts in talent identification and acquisition. Patti Truly is. She partners with you to understand your business need...more »

Patient Safety Officer, For-Profit Hospital in Southern California -

"Patti is a great recruiter! She knows everyone and has endless energy."

Vice President, 3rd Party Logistics Provider -

"I would highly recommend anyone making a job transition to reach for Casey. Casey’s work ethic, industry knowledge and professional skills are exceptional."

Vice President of Marketing, International Freight Forwarder -

"An executive search firm balances the needs of two constituencies—the candidate and the client. Casey does both. He identifies his client’s staffing needs sometimes before the client does...more »

Vice President of Operations, 3rd Party Logistics & Warehouse Company -

"Casey Reid has been more than a great resource in finding outstanding personnel, he has been able to help understand the company culture and find candidates that meet those intangible qualities to ou...more »

Interim Director of Perioperative Services -

"Patti brings to the table an extensive skill set and knowledge base of the health care field. She is an outstanding listener and has the unique ability to bring clarity to a situation and arrive at a...more »

Patient Safety Officer, For-Profit Hospital in Southern California -

"Patti is a great recruiter! She knows everyone and has endless energy."

Interim Maternal Child Health Director -

"Patti is always professional and knowledgeable about placing interim nursing directors. She has placed me in two different assignments and really knows her market. She works diligently to get results...more »

Interim Director of Perioperative Services -

"Josh is an extremely detailed and intuitive recruiter who immediately captures the depth and scope of the position being researched. Would not hesitate to recommend."

Interim Director of Maternal Child Health -

"Josh is focused, committed and knowledgeable… does an outstanding job."

Interim Maternal Child Health Director -

"Josh was a recruiter who placed me in an assignment. Josh’s support continued throughout my whole assignment. I am really grateful to Josh. He is not only a great recruiter but a really nice gu...more »

Trainer - Consultant, Electronic Health Records

"Joshua epitomizes the consummate professional. He does what he says he will do, follows up religiously, goes above and beyond expectations, is forthright, honest and diligent. I heartily recommend hi...more »

Revenue Cycle Applications Manager, Pediatric Hospital in Southern California -

"I have worked with Josh for several years and look forward to doing so for many to come. He only presents highly qualified candidates that have solid work ethics consistent with the culture of our te...more »

Interim Chief Nursing Officer -

"Josh is very thorough and dependable in his work. He pursues potential opportunities enthusiastically, and I can count on him to follow up and communicate with me within the timeframes he states. He ...more »

Project Manager, Revenue Cycle Applications -

"Joshua recruited me to join a large academic hospital, my current employer. I give him my highest recommendation. He is a thorough, highly energetic and passionate recruiter that guided me through th...more »