Career and Professional Development: Insights from Employers-3

Career and Professional Development: Insights from Employers-3


[MUSIC] My name is David Bingham and
I’m Director of Human Resources for White Plains Hospital,
Physician Associates/Physician. [MUSIC] Students definitely should prepare for
their interviews, and the way to do that is going onto our
website, reading about the hospital, reading about our organization. Learning, a little bit, if possible,
about the job that you’re applying to, so that you can ask good questions. Ask questions about the future
of the organization. Ask questions about new
developments that we have here, looking at our news releases. All that preparation is very important,
because it shows me that you care enough to have done the research about
the hospital when you’re coming in for an interview. Students should prepare well for
their interview by preparing answers to commonly
asked behavioral interview questions. You can find those on websites
all over the place, and I know I use behavioral interview
questions, and so do my colleagues. So have a few stories in your pocket. A behavioral interview question
requires that you give us a specific answer to the question based
on your own experience, and so
have some of those stories ready to go. Also dressing appropriately and
professionally is very, very important, and I think that’s not always given
the most emphasis in the applicants, when they come in. If they have any doubts about
what our professional attire is, they can ask the person who
schedules the interview even, or do a little research by asking
a trusted advisor that they have in their life about what a professional attire
would be when coming in for an interview, but that’s one thing that I see
some times that needs improvement. The other thing I would suggest for
those who are coming in for interview is be aware that
everyone you’re meeting in the workplace may provide feedback
about their interactions with you. So the person who’s
sitting at the front desk, the other employees that are milling
around or walking through, besides the HR person and the manager,
may all be giving their feedback and their input into their interactions
with you, so be aware of that. Don’t be worried if
you’re a little nervous. I think all of us as interviewers know and
expect you to be nervous, but the thing is,
in the midst of that nervousness, can you still answer our questions,
can you maintain a warm and friendly interaction with us,
and also, I think it’s important to keep in mind that you shouldn’t
put all of your eggs in one basket. There will be other interviews, there’ll
be other job opportunities right around the corner,
even if this one doesn’t work out. Don’t worry that you may say one word or
one thing that will turn me off so that you’re not hired. There’ll be another job
interview that comes along. [MUSIC]

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