So, you’ve landed an interview for the job of your dreams. For many people, this is a huge accomplishment.
If you’re lucky enough to have gotten this far in the hiring process, it’s time to focus on how you can make sure that your next step is an offer letter, not a rejection letter! Here are some tips:
Be A Good Listener
Once you’ve handed over your resume and cover letter, the next step is to wait. Weeks might go by before you hear back from a potential employer. During that time, it’s important to keep yourself busy but also be patient and do nothing more than what’s required of you at work.
When an interviewer calls or emails finally comes through, listen closely and pay attention to her tone of voice as well as what she says (and doesn’t say).
You should also try to read between the lines a bit: if an employer seems hesitant about something in particular on your resume, ask questions about it until she has no choice.
But to offer up some insight into why that might be so then use those insights when crafting your interview responses later on.
Turn Your Pitfalls Into Plums
The first step to landing your dream job as a medical technologist is to understand the job market and what you’re up against. In order to do this, you need a clear idea of not only your strengths but also your weaknesses.
When it comes to writing an effective cover letter and resume, you must emphasize these positives while downplaying any negatives or shortcomings.
When describing a weakness or shortcoming on your resume, try turning it into a strength by using phrases like “can often be too quick-tempered when working with others.”
Or “can sometimes be impatient when I don’t understand something immediately” instead of just saying “has trouble getting along with coworkers” or “has difficulty understanding things quickly.”
Here are some examples:
Be Positive About Your Accomplishments
Be proud of your accomplishments, whether it’s graduating from a technical college, passing the MT (or any other) certification exam, or even winning an award.
Having the right attitude is important when applying for jobs and interviewing with potential employers. If you don’t have any significant work experience or accomplishments to list in your resume or cover letter, then focus on building up those skills that make you unique.
But don’t be afraid to talk about your failures as well! Being able to admit failure shows maturity and integrity the qualities that employers look for when hiring new employees. It also shows that we’re all human after all; nobody is perfect!
This makes us more relatable than “perfect” candidates who try too hard (and come off as fake). We all have weaknesses; some of us are just better at hiding them than others! But if an employer asks what they are during an interview: own up to them without hesitation.
The sooner we can overcome our weaknesses and learn from them, the better off we’ll be in life and not just professionally speaking either.”
While you’re waiting for the interview to start, remove all distractions so that you can focus on the task at hand. Turn off your phone and put it in another room. Leave your laptop at home, too.
And if you have a tablet or headphones, those should be left behind as well. If you have pets or kids at home, they might distract you during the interview (and no one likes distracted med techs).
So it’s best to leave them with someone else while interviewing. And if there’s someone special in your life a husband/wife or significant other they might distract you as well if they’re around during an interview (and again: no one wants distracted med techs).
It’s important not only that you’re attentive during an interview but also that others perceive that level of attentiveness from what they see and hear about their interactions with their potential employees afterwards as well
Take Care Of Yourself, And It Will Reflects On Your Work
When it comes to preparing for your job search, it’s essential to take care of yourself. Doing so will give you the energy and focus necessary to succeed in a competitive field like medical technology.
Take care of yourself by eating healthy, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep. This will help reduce stress levels that can make you feel anxious about your career prospects or burn out after a long day at work.
Stress management techniques include exercise (yoga or running are great options), meditation and relaxation techniques like breathing exercises.
Practice Good Social Graces
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of landing an interview, but it’s important to stay focused on why you’re there. A key part of showing the employer that you’re the right person for this job is being well-prepared, so take time to prepare yourself mentally and physically.
Make sure you are dressed appropriately by wearing something that shows a professional image while still looking like you.
When you show up at the interview, be on time and be polite with everyone who works there including receptionists, those who bring coffee or water, and even janitors (who often report back to management).
Be prepared with copies of your resume, references if requested, or any paperwork related to prior jobs (e.g., licenses).
Control The Conversation
You don’t need to make it all about you. I know, I know: all of your friends tell you that you’re an amazing person and that everyone loves you, but this is not the time for them.
The fact of the matter is that most people like talking about themselves more than they like hearing about other people’s lives.
So if someone starts telling a funny story or asking how things are going in your life? Listen! Let them do the heavy lifting while you take advantage of their momentum.
The interviewer wants to learn as much as possible about who you are beyond just what’s on paper (or LinkedIn). If they ask what interests or excites you outside of work and family commitments they should try not to give one-word answers (i.e., “nothing”).
Instead, provide details around what makes those things exciting: “I love traveling!” (“Where have I gone?”), “I love seeing old friends!” (“Who are my best friends?”), or “I love watching football with my boyfriend.” (“What teams do we root for?”)
Display A Good Attitude
The most important thing to remember is that your attitude will play a big part in the hiring process. If you’re friendly and smile easily, it’s likely that you will be remembered positively.
On the other hand, if you are rude or have an entitled tone with any of the people interviewing you, they won’t want to hire someone who shows those traits. Be honest but don’t be too honest (this goes back to previous points about being yourself).
When asked questions related to your background or experience, answer honestly but not too specifically.
If a question asks for specific details about something, provide those details; however, don’t go into detail about every single thing that has happened in your life because people tend not to like when people talk negatively about them (even if it’s true).
In all cases where possible avoid making assumptions or generalizations about other people by using words such as “always” and “never.”
Finally: be polite! You’ll never know what might happen between now and then but these tips should help at least get through some initial interviews
Maintain Focus And Be Prepared For Anything Unexpected From The Interviewer
As a medical technologist, you have to be prepared to answer questions from interviewers that aren’t necessarily related to the job description you’ve been provided.
You might be asked about your career history, education, or previous jobs. Interviewers may ask how you’ve handled certain situations in the past.
They may also take time during the interview process to get a sense of what makes you tick and what your strengths and weaknesses are. It’s important that you’re not caught off-guard when this happens because it will give an impression that could be detrimental toward landing your dream job.
Show Up On Time, But Give Yourself Enough Wiggle Room In Case Something Goes Wrong
Show up on time. Every job requires that you arrive at the starting line on time, but this is especially true for a medical technologist. There are no excuses for being late: if you’re running late, it’s better to call in and let your employer know than be late and risk losing face with them.
Be prepared for delays. Though our recommendations above are meant to help you avoid being late, sometimes things go wrong in life that require us to change plans and make other arrangements instead and those changes can happen at any time of day or night.
If such an event takes place during your commute or just before heading out of the house, don’t panic!
Take a deep breath and think about what went wrong before calling anyone else so that they’ll be able to advise or help direct your next steps as needed (this includes contacting family members when appropriate).
While there may not always be someone around who can assist with these situations right away (such as if they’re also traveling).
Having several people ready will give them more options on how best handle whatever happens next without wasting valuable resources like phone calls that could have been used elsewhere instead.
Especially since most people aren’t willing pay extra fees after already having paid once
Be flexible concerning how much notice needs given before cancelling appointments–especially if travelling back home would delay their arrival significantly due to both lack of gas money spent driving out their first place.
Plus additional cost from purchasing food afterward instead eating lunch beforehand which would’ve been cheaper overall considering how expensive gas prices are nowadays.”
Talk About What You Can Do For The Interviewer Instead Of What The Interviewer Can Do For You
The more successful job candidates are focused on what they can do for their prospective employers, and not the other way around.
Remember that you’re interviewing them too! If they ask if you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask them how the company got started, why they chose this particular field or location, and how their current employees feel about the company.
Don’t be afraid to say no: if something doesn’t feel right or seem right for you at first glance (e.g., an offer won’t work with your schedule), don’t be afraid to politely decline it; chances are there’s another opportunity out there that is better suited for your skillset anyway!
Look Out For The Company’s Best Interests, Not Just Your Own
The first step to landing your dream job is being honest with yourself and the company. This is crucial, because it makes you more qualified in their eyes.
You want to let the company know that you want them as much as they want you. There are many great reasons why this is important, but here are a few:
You’ll build trust with the hiring manager and other members of their team if they know that you’re not just looking for another job because there aren’t any openings at your current workplace or because someone offered a better salary or benefits package than what’s currently being offered by this new employer.
If a potential employer sees an opportunity where they can help out someone who may need extra assistance getting started in their new role.
Then chances are good that person will be more likely to stay once things get tough during the training or onboarding process (which can take up to 90 days).
The Better You Prepare, The More Smoothly Interviews Should Go
The better you prepare, the more smoothly interviews should go. Researching your interviewers will make you look good and help you stand out from other candidates.
Researching the position is also important. Familiarizing yourself with what it entails will strengthen your answers and make them tailored to this job.
This includes knowing about common duties and responsibilities, as well as typical hours or shifts worked, team members (if applicable), company culture and location (if applicable).
Researching your interviewer(s) is an effective way of getting inside their heads and showing off how much research you did!
For example: if they’re an introvert who prefers email over phone calls or likes to keep things short but sweet when talking face-to-face.
Then be sure to mention how much time has been spent preparing for this interview today by reviewing past work samples together in advance of meeting up for coffee tomorrow morning at 10am sharp!
And there you have it. You’re now fully equipped with all the tricks of the trade for a successful interview process. With these tips in mind, we hope that you’ll be able to get your dream job as a medical technologist.