You’ve perfected your CV, passed your pre-screening test with flying colours and now you’ve been invited to attend an interview with an organisation or care recruitment agency.
Then they hit you, the dreaded interview nerves.
Don’t fear, according to experts, only 2% of job seekers will be offered an interview, so you should take great pride in getting to that stage of the recruitment process.
The key to success is managing your nerves and staying focused throughout.
Worrying days and weeks before will only give you more time to think, so it’s important to keep yourself busy beforehand.
However, it’s also vital that you do your homework before going in, or you could endure some uncomfortable moments.
With this in mind, we’ve put together some top tips to get you prepped for interview success both before and during.
After all, there is some truth in the famous saying; fail to prepare, prepare to fail!
Take care of practicalities
One of the biggest blunders you can make before attending an interview is failing to take care of all the practicalities.
This starts by booking the time off your current care job (if applicable) so you not only keep them on your side, but you can mentally prepare for it as well.
You should always allow plenty of time to get to the interview, as running behind time will only unnerve you further and possibly make you angry.
As a top tip, try driving to the interview destination a few days before the big day.
You can then test out traffic, routes and any parking restrictions in the nearby area.
Although the care industry usually consists of a uniform, it’s always important to dress nicely for your interview.
Our temp recruitment agency may carry out all of the interviews on behalf of our clients, but we like to see that a candidate has made an effort.
Always iron your clothes and polish your shoes the night before to save any flapping around on the day.
Research the organisation
Whoever is set to do your interview, it’s always recommended that candidates do some research on their next potential place of temporary employment.
Studying the job spec and pulling out examples of how you’re experienced in fulfilling those certain qualities will go a long way.
You should always find out:
- The history of the organisation
- What the job entails
- How much they usually pay for a role in case you need to negotiate
- The organisation’s ethos and align it with your experience
Try writing down bullet points on a small notepad so you can swot up before your interview.
Memorising small key phrases will trigger previous thoughts and enable you to easily answer any interview question.
Remember, being prepared and doing your research may seem like a dull task, but it will certainly relax your mind and reduce any interview nerves you might have.
Prepare your answers
Although you may encounter the odd curveball question, many normal competency-based interviews follow a similar pattern.
In the care industry, you’ll find a lot of interview questions will be based on patient focus, dealing with tricky situations and skills.
To help give you an idea, here are a few rough examples you can probably expect to be asked:
Tell me about a particularly hard situation you’ve experienced with a patient and how you dealt with it.
This question is all about turning a negative into a positive.
The care industry is rarely a walk in the park, so you should be open and honest but always finish on an uplifting note.
Give me an example of when you’ve gone above and beyond for a patient.
Your answer should ultimately sell yourself and reinforce your ability to do something wonderful for someone else.
It doesn’t have to be anything extraordinary, just a gesture like picking up a patient their favourite biscuits is enough to demonstrate your caring side.
What do you find the most rewarding about being a [job position]?
This particular question should be relatively easy to answer as it can come from the heart.
Think about what motivates you to get to work every day – whether that’s bringing a smile to someone’s face, saving lives or giving something back to the community.
It’s important to remember that interview nerves and anxiety are very common.
Feeling this way means that you care and will give you the hunger to make a good impression of yourself.
Simply prepare yourself both mentally and physically, and there’s no reason why you can’t land your next temporary role.
Oh, and breathe!
If you’re unsuccessful on this particular occasion, forget about it.
You can take what you learned and do an even better job next time.
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