iStock_000002335999MediumYou know the basics.  Research the company, print two copies of your resume, practice
answers to common interview questions, have your suit dry cleaned the week before – but what are you forgetting? What are the interview prep tips and tricks that can give you the extra edge you need to land your dream job?

First, think inside the box and cover your basics like the printed resume and clean suit.  Once you’ve got those covered, here are a few ideas to help you stand out and put you in the right frame of mind to ace the interview.

The travel test run

If possible, the week before your interview, drive to the interview location on the day of the week and time your interview is scheduled.  This will give you an idea of what traffic is typically like during that time and allow you to plan accordingly.

Do your thing

Are you a runner? Into yoga? Love meditation?  Make time before your interview to relax and enjoy your favorite hobby prior to your interview, while still allowing plenty of time for preparation and travel.  After all, the whole point is to put you in the right and relaxed frame of mind and nothing will ruin that quicker than rushing to get ready.

Think about your stomach

Have a 10am or 3pm interview? Consider a quick snack prior to your interview so your stomach doesn’t do more talking then you do.  But, don’t eat that quick snack in the car and head into the interview covered in crumbs!  Grab a quick bite at home, before you head out.

Don’t over caffeinate

One cup of coffee, maybe two.  Anything more than that and you’re going to be climbing the walls or a constant toe-tapper.  Monitor your caffeine intake leading up to the interview so you don’t appear anxious.

Unplug

Turn off the phone.  Seems obvious, but we’re so used to being accessible all the time that turning off the phone isn’t natural.  And, if you forget, whatever you do don’t answer it!

Get those ZZZs

Don’t underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep on your focus and appearance.  A restful night helps you appear focused, cool, calm and collected.

You’re not nervous, you’re excited

Research suggests telling yourself you’re not nervous, you’re excited is the best way to calm your nerves.  It’s as simple as saying out loud “I’m excited” or “get excited” to shift your mind-set from nervous to excited.

Be in the moment

Focus on the conversation and be in the moment, don’t worry about what you’re going to say next.  So many great candidates appear unfocused and flighty by worrying about what they’re going to say next rather the listening to what the interviewer is saying and responding.  Candidates often assume they know the question the interviewer is going to ask and immediately start preparing the answer in their head, when in fact the interviewer may be asking something entirely different.

Most importantly, remember you’re at the interview because you are qualified and stood out from the crowd, so have confidence! Check out our current healthcare IT job openings or email a member of our recruiting team directly to talk about your healthcare IT career path.

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