5 Interview Deal Breakers

Kate Ottavio published a list of what she calls “interview deal breakers.” She was definitely writing from the perspective of hiring a healthcare PR professional, but I thought that the list was applicable to healthcare IT as well. Here’s her list:

  • Lack of passion/definitiveness for career choice doesn’t look good.
  • Assuming you got the job.
  • Lack of eye contact and confidence.
  • Ask questions.
  • Be organized with your work samples.

I’m often surprised how many times we need to be reminded to do things that are obvious once they’re pointed out. Things like being organized and prepared are really important. It turns out, that doing so will solve some of the other problems. For example, if you’re well prepared and organized, then you’ll know if you want the job you’re interviewing for and you’ll be confident during the interview.

Confidence is really important and the key to confidence is being prepared. Finding a job is as much (or more) work than actually having a job. Make sure you treat it that way and your job search will be successful.

About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.