The Lost Art of the In-Person Interview

If you haven’t gone to an in-person interview in a few years, it’s easy to forget the basics, but it’s always the little things that make a huge difference. Whether you are a doctor seeking an opportunity or a recent graduate looking for an open Dental Assistant position, it can never hurt to refresh your memory on different tips and tricks to make sure you make a stellar first impression and receive that coveted offer. 

Below are five main things you need to remember when going to an in-person interview:

#1: Be on Time

Not only is your time valuable, but so is the interviewer’s time. It is all about R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Show up 10 to 15 minutes early. Trust me, you won’t regret it. It’s always a plus to have a few minutes to gather your thoughts while you’re waiting in the lobby instead of running into a conference room with your hair all over the place.

#2: Professional Dress

No stains allowed. Pressed professional clothing only. Remember, first impressions are everything. If you don’t wow the interviewer from the get-go, chances are, you won’t be getting a call back. If you must wear scrubs, be sure to notify your recruiter ahead of time.

#3: Firm Handshake

Whether you are male or female, you should always make eye contact and give a firm handshake to every person you meet in the office. A strong handshake implies confidence in yourself and in your abilities.

#4: Show Some Personality

It is absolutely possible to be professional while still showing your interviewer a glimpse of your colorful personality. Smile when you like something you hear, and laugh if a joke is told. I guarantee you your interviewer will not only appreciate you showing him or her your human side but will value it, too. Companies are no longer just looking for someone who can suit up and get the job done, they are also looking for individuals who can contribute to the culture and become part of the family.

#5: Ask Questions

One of the worst things you can do at the end of an interview is not have any questions. If you know you get nervous during interviews, do your research and prepare five to 10 questions ahead of time. No harm will come from having back-up questions stashed away in your pocket. They don’t have to be in-depth questions about company history or technical questions about your potential job duties. You can ask basic things regarding the company’s culture, future, competitors, etc. Asking questions shows you are engaged in the conversation and truly interested in the position.

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Author By: Ellliott Ramlal, Specialty Doctor Recruiter

Elliott recieved her bachelor’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma. She has been with the DentalOne family for nearly two and a half years. Elliott was recognized as the 2016 Doctor Recruiter of the Fourth Quarter. 

Fun Fact: Elliott is a huge Kenny Chesney fan!

Be sure to connect with her on LinkedIn!

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