Common Job Interview Mistakes

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By the time residency is completed, most job candidates know a great deal about medicine and the human body. But what about the job interview? MomMD explores the most common job interview mistakes made by MDs.

"I call this the three Cs," says Rebecca Dallek, M.Ed., ACC, CPCC.

  • Confidence
  • Commitment
  • Clarity

"A candidate needs to engender confidence. If you don't show confidence in yourself, no one else is going to do it for you," warns Dallek, a career coach. "A hiring manager wants to know that you really want the job and the organization."

She advises candidates to do some homework and show an in-depth knowledge of the organization -- a commitment. It certainly wouldn't hurt for a job seeker to express how much she want to work in the job that is being offered.

"Lastly, be clear about your career purpose and career brand. Be clear about what you want and have to offer. Be clear about your skills and abilities."

And never go negative.

Job interviews should be positive

"Don't tell a bad story about an old boss or an advisor at school," Dallek cautions. "Don't tell an interviewer that you really want a different job but you'll settle for the one being offered. Going negative is a surefire way to take yourself out of the running."

Staying positive and focusing on personal abilities can help a candidate stand out in a job interview. And Dallek advises making those attributes known.

"What is your unique selling proposition? What makes you different from everyone else?" she asks. "Everyone has something unique to bring to the table, but if you don't articulate its value, no one will know about it."

And don't lose hope if the first job interview is a bust. "Someone out there wants to hire the person with your unique traits. It might not be the first person who interviews you, but there is someone out there.

"So you have to keep offering yourself up to the job market in order to find the job where you'll fit right in."

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