Medical scribes are a vital component of the health care industry. They support physicians by performing administrative tasks and helping to organize patient information for better treatment.
But how did this role get its start? And what does it mean for you as a student or recent graduate to work as a medical scribe?
In this post, we’ll explore the history of medical scribes why they came about and how they’ve helped doctors manage their workloads. We’ll also discuss the current job market for medical scribes and give guidance on how to land your dream job in this growing field!
Be Prepared And Arrive Early
Be prepared for the interview. Before you go to an interview, you should be familiar with the company, including its mission statement, company history and customer base.
Your preparation will help make you a better candidate because it shows that you are serious about the position.
Arrive early for the interview. Arriving on time is important but arriving too early can be awkward or even disrespectful if there’s no one at reception yet (especially in smaller companies)
Make sure you have the correct address for your destination — don’t rely on Google Maps or Waze navigation apps as these can sometimes lead people astray!
Your appearance is the first thing that people see when they meet you, so it’s important to develop a look that reflects your personality and helps you feel confident in an interview setting.
Before even applying for a position as a medical scribe, think about what kind of outfit makes you feel comfortable, confident, and like you want to take on the world.
When going into an interview, dress professionally but not too casually, think business casual or slightly nicer than what everyone else is wearing on that day.
For example, if everyone at the company wears jeans every day then wear khakis or dress pants; if most people are wearing business casual attire then wear slacks with a button-down shirt and tie; if everyone wears suits then wear one yourself!
Your attire should always be appropriate for the job position so make sure it fits with the dress code of whatever facility or organization they work out of (usually written somewhere on their website).
Be Confident As You Begin Your Interview
The first step to landing your dream job as a Medical Scribe is to be confident. Confidence will help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during the interview, which in turn will allow you to show off your best self.
This can be hard for some people, but it’s important to remember that even if this is the only time that someone sees you interviewing, they’ll still make an impression on them by how well you present yourself.
The next step is to demonstrate that not only do you know what it takes to do the job well but also how much education or experience you have in doing it.
This can also help with any nerves about being interviewed by showing them that their company or team won’t be too much work for someone who doesn’t know what they’re getting themselves into (and vice versa).
Ask Questions During Your Interview
Ask questions about the company and the job. You should ask questions about the company culture, how long the position has been open, and even who your manager will be if you get hired (and what their management style is).
Ask questions about the work environment. It’s important to find out how busy it will be, how many hours per week are expected of you, whether there will be a lot of pressure or stress involved, and more.
Ask questions about the job duties. You should also ask what specific duties would entail for this particular role at this particular organization, as well as what exactly is considered “success.”
Criteria for people in similar positions at their company in general. What experience do they expect from someone who wants this job? And so on…
Ask about training opportunities within their organization; what do they have available on-site or off-site if needed? Who provides these opportunities (HR department) and how often are they offered during business hours vs evenings/weekends/holidays etc.?
Remember To Be Enthusiastic And Engaging During Your Interview
Remember to be enthusiastic and engaging during your interview. You want to show that you’re a great fit for the company, and as such, it’s important to be positive about everything you talk about.
Keep in mind that although you may be excited about what this job will mean for you professionally, it’s also going to require a lot of hard work.
The more excitedly (but appropriately) articulate person will have an easier time getting hired because they exude confidence.
So if there are any questions the interviewer asks which make you pause or hesitate before answering them, think back on what they said earlier in the conversation when they asked similar questions.
If they asked something like “What do have experience with?” then it’s reasonable to assume that they’re asking this question again so that they can see how well prepared you are throughout each phase of the interview process.
Having good answers ready ahead of time shows them that not only do know what type of person would best fit into their company.
But also how much effort has been put into preparing for this opportunity by putting yourself out there early on in order to achieve success both inside and outside your field!
Remember To Be Enthusiastic And Engaging During Your Interview
Now that you’ve completed the interview process and are ready to start scribing, remember these key attributes:
Enthusiasm. Your enthusiasm for the position and how much you appreciate the opportunity to work with this particular client will stand out more than any other trait.
Engagement. This means that you fully engage with everyone at the company from interns to senior leadership. It also means listening carefully and responding thoughtfully when asked questions about your background, skillset, or approach to the job.
Being Yourself. Don’t pretend like a medical scribe if that’s not who you are; but do take care in crafting your responses so that they align with who is sitting across from them during interviews (i.e., someone intelligent, friendly, confident).
You can also be honest while being professional for example saying something like “Don’t let me get in over my head,” or “I’m used to working independently.”
The important thing is showing confidence while remaining humble enough not to believe that every challenge is easily surmountable (which it isn’t).
Remember That It Is Okay To Ask About Salary And Benefits
Remember that it is okay to ask about salary and benefits.
It’s important to know what the job pays so you can decide if it’s worth the time and effort required.
It’s also important that you have a good idea of how much money you’ll make before applying because some companies like their employees to know they are making enough money while they’re working there.
If a company asks why you want a certain position, be honest but don’t just say “money” either! You should be able to explain why this position is right for your career goals or what makes it unique or interesting compared to other jobs in your field.
If something comes up during an interview that intimidates you and makes answering difficult (like asking about salary), remembers that it’s okay if you don’t know the answer right away!
Just explain that this information isn’t readily available yet (if it isn’t) and ask when they expect updates on compensation details so that there aren’t any surprises later on down the road.
Remember The Value Of A Thank You Note
Don’t forget the value of a thank you note.
Thank-you notes are an important part of the interview process, both for employers and candidates. They’re a great way to reinforce your interest in the position, which can help you stand out from other candidates who may not send any or send generic ones.
Thank-you notes should be sent within 24 hours of your phone interview (or right after if it was in person). Make sure to personalize each one by referencing something specific about the conversation that took place during your interview.
Avoid Any Social Media Missteps
The best way to avoid any social media missteps is to not post anything that could be construed as offensive, unprofessional or illegal.
This might sound like a no-brainer, but you may have heard of the recent controversy surrounding this topic. If you haven’t heard of it, let me fill you in:
A medical scribe posted a photo on Instagram with four other women wearing shirts with the word “Scribe” written on them. The picture sparked outrage online and quickly spread across Facebook and Twitter and even got picked up by local news outlets!
Continue Your Education And Training Throughout Your Career
As you progress in your career, don’t stop learning. You can never know too much about the field you are already committed to. The fact is that medical scribes will always be behind the curve on emerging technology and new research findings.
The more information you have at your disposal, the better prepared you will be for whatever comes down the pike next.
So keep an open mind about continuing education classes and conferences – even if they aren’t exactly related to your current position! As long as it keeps your brain active and helps improve your skillset, consider it worth it!
You might be nervous about your first job interview, but you can take some simple steps to ensure that it goes well.
Remember to be enthusiastic and engaging, dress professionally, ask appropriate questions during your interview, and continue your education throughout your career.