In a world of increasingly remote technology, virtual interviews have become a standard part of the hiring process for physicians, especially as a second-round interview option. Whether you’re a recent medical school graduate seeking a residency or an experienced physician exploring new opportunities, acing a virtual interview could be a crucial element in securing your dream opportunity. Here are 5 ways you can prepare for a virtual interview:
Prepare Your Technology
Ensure that your technology is functioning correctly before the interview day. Test your internet connection, camera, and microphone to guarantee a smooth and uninterrupted interview experience. Familiarize yourself with the video conferencing platform being used and download any required software in advance. Many of our candidates have found difficulty in using Teams, for example. If possible, conduct a mock interview with a friend or colleague to iron out any technical kinks. Setup an account in advance and login at least 5 minutes ahead of your interview time. We also suggest having your phone set up and ready as a backup option in case your internet connection fails at the last minute.
Create a Professional Setting
Your virtual background and surroundings play a significant role in shaping the interviewer’s perception of you. Aim for a clutter-free, well-lit, and neutral backdrop that does not distract from your presence. If needed, consider a plain virtual background but a real background is preferred. Just as you would for an in-person interview, dress professionally to convey your seriousness towards the opportunity. Sequester any animals or potential distractions in another room until the interview is complete.
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Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
Non-verbal cues are even more critical as they help compensate for the lack of in-person interaction. Maintain good eye contact by looking into the camera rather than the screen. Active listening is equally vital; take a moment to process questions before answering and show genuine interest in the interviewer’s remarks. Sit up straight, smile, and use appropriate hand gestures to demonstrate engagement and enthusiasm. Be conscious of your body language throughout the interview to exude confidence and professionalism. Speak clearly and slowly to ensure the interviewer can hear what you’re saying in the event the connection dampens some of your response. A glass of water off to the side is always a good idea but gum, candy, or other food related options are not.
Interview Content Preparation
It is imperative that you prepare answers to common personal, work culture, and medical skill questions in advance so you have the best chances of feeling confident and ready to impress your potential employer. Moreover, you should also prepare a list of questions that you would like to ask the interviewer.
Avoid These Virtual Interview Mistakes
Virtual interviews, while convenient, can be tricky and prone to various mistakes that could negatively impact your impression on potential employers. Think through the potential pitfalls so you can bypass issues that might stifle your big day.
Virtual interviews may initially seem challenging, but with preparation and practice, you can confidently showcase your medical expertise, interpersonal skills, and passion for the profession. By testing your technology setup, curating a professional space, and working on your communication and interview questions before interview day, you’ll soon be focused on signing a contract with a practice that aligns with your career goals. So, take a deep breath, relax, and let your passion for medicine shine through the virtual medium.
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