You can be a college student, a candidate who has attended a medical assisting training program or even an employee who wish to switch your job. Whatever the your case may be, just working in an internship program will offer you vital experience for your upcoming permanent job. Getting a proper understanding about the internship interview methods is the salient feature for conquering the apprenticeship. Through systematic and disciplined preparation for your interview, you can be absolutely quipped to give your best performance and make medical assisting internship interview successful, for sure. Following are the top professional tips to succeed in your internship interview:
1. Understand the job description: First of all, read the ‘job description’ of the intern position (that you wish to apply) cautiously. The key here is to completely recognize and identify what actually is the employer’s anticipation from an intern to succeed throughout the period of a medical assistant internship.
2. Gather interview information: Try to get as much as information about your interview. If needed, do not hesitate to call the person (who informed or e-mailed you) who arranged your interview with the employer. Ask some important questions to that person to find the information such as:
- How many people are going to interview you?
- What is the approximate duration of your interview?
- Do you have to carry a writing sample with you?
3. List out your previous course works: Find out and categorize different types of courses that you have attended in the past. Make sure that those courses are directly connected to the position for which you are applying. Say for instance, you took a medical billing course before, you can relate that experience with your ‘intern’ position in your interview.
4. List out your previous jobs (if any): In addition to your past course works, list out the various types of jobs that you have performed in the past as well. However, ensure that your previous jobs are directly related to your medical assistant internship position. Say for instance, if you have worked in a medical camp before, then, you can add force to your current interview with proper explanation about your tasks during the camp.
5. Create a ‘well-built’ resume: Make sure you go through your internship resume thoroughly to find out whether it lists all of your relevant courses and jobs that you attended in the past. Since you are moving towards an interview juncture, you are expected to submit a valuable resume to get an interview opportunity. If you have not included your previous course and job experiences, then, it’s time to build a qualified resume.
6. Target the employer: Besides sending your resume only to a particular person (who is in command) in the organization through email, it is a clever idea to post your resume along with a ‘well-written’ cover letter directly to the employer who is going to interview and of course, who might hire you as well! For sure, you must send your resume to (a person) or a set of people who are involved in the selecting the right candidate.
7. Hand-written resume: Also, instead of sending your resume via email, send a neat, beautiful copy of your ‘hand-written’ cover letter and resume that has your authentic signature. It is not that easy to ignore such interesting, hand written resume copy. So, you will definitely be called for an interview.
8. Elevator speech: Get trained to give an Elevator Speech. In essence, an ‘Elevator speech’ is your ‘short’ declaration that answers the following questions of the interviewer such as:
- Who you are as an individual?
- What are your goals if, you are selected as an intern?
Prepare yourself to give a crisp, short but a confident elevator speech within a short period of time around 30 seconds.
9. Focus on your attire and look: Your attire plays a major role in your internship interview. A candidate who considers his outfit as an important aspect and who dresses up professionally is considered to be a person who understands the ‘nature of the business’ in which he/she is trying to become employed. As a rule, men are expected to wear a nice suit and a matching tie that is in traditional fabric and colors. In fact, dark gray color and navy blue color work very well for any interview. The fabric of your ‘suit’ must be either authentic wool or a blend of wool. Try to stay away from those cheap quality ‘rayon-mixed’ suits or ‘acetate-mixed’ suits. Choose mild tie colors. For instance, you can choose a burgundy or blue tie. Women can wear a 2 piece harmonized suit. Formal skirts, pants and suits are also up to then standard. Women should note that their skirts must be worn in such a way that it covers their thighs when seated. Standard color options for women are dark gray, black and navy suits.
10. Common interview questions: Get ready to answer the standard internship interview questions. For example, be precise when you answer the following standard questions:
- Why do you want to work as an intern in our organization?
- Can you tell me about yourself?
Even though you may not be able to predict all the interview questions, you can be prepared to answer these standard or common internship interview questions. Have a question & answer session with a buddy, a co-worker or with a family member. By doing so, your anxiety will be reduced on the exact day of the interview.
11. Make use of social networks: Understand that an internship is not really about earning lots and lots of money. It is actually about gaining knowledge and gaining adequate experience. So, all your efforts in getting one such program must focus on advancing your career objectives and sealing any holes in your resume. In order to get a superior impression and to display your dedication to get appointed as an intern in a good organization, you can try to implement the following ideas :
- Send a friend request in Facebook to the company to which you applied and follow the company in Twitter & LinkedIn as well.
- Send links of your ‘online’ portfolio, any good website creation of yourself or a short ‘thank you’ note to the interviewer for his/her precious time.
- Keep one of your decent photographs (in a formal outfit) as your profile picture in all these social networking websites to leave a good impression.
- Make private settings for your profile.
12. Tag along: If you did not get any call from the company in which you attended the interview, make a follow up call to the human resource department or any other appropriate person after 1 week period to find out the company’s decision.