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.