We have a game plan for your all-day, on-site PA or NP job interview. Learn how to handle back-to-back meetings, panel interviews, tours, and shadowing your prospective employer without breaking a sweat.
All-day, on-site job interviews are par for the course when you’re applying for a nurse practitioner or physician assistant job. But they don’t need to be stressful and overwhelming. The trick is to be as prepared as possible beforehand.
A great interview starts before you arrive! Preparation is key, so make sure you have your itinerary, travel schedule, and the cell phone of your on-site contact. It goes without saying that you want to be dressed professionally and be early for your appointment. For more tips, check out Six Steps to a Successful PA or NP Interview.
Prepare and Practice
You’ll also want to prepare for tough interview questions. Here are two things to try:
- Before your interview, think about three open-ended questions you could ask at any point. We already have a great list to get you started. Why is this important? Because saying “no” when the interviewer asks if you have questions gives the impression that you don’t really want the job.
- Practice your answers to behavioral interview questions. This style of interview gets you to describe how you respond to workplace challenges. It’s easy to get caught off-guard. So, pick five questions before the interview, write your responses, then commit them to memory. Want to learn more? Here’s how to Beat the Behavioral Job Interview.
Observe the Environment
At some point during the interview, you’ll have a chance to observe. At a clinic, this is called “shadowing” and in a hospital, it’s known as “rounding.” It’s a great opportunity to observe how people treat one another and learn first-hand about the work environment. But no matter what happens, remain calm and detached. Avoid getting involved, answering clinical questions, or engaging in patient care. Stand back and look for the Signs of a Positive and Supportive Workplace.
Take a Break
Interview days can be very long. If you’re offered a bathroom break or a glass of water, take it (even if you don’t think you need it.) These moments of downtime are the perfect opportunity to take a few deep breaths and collect your thoughts. Tuck a few healthy snacks or a protein bar in your bag too, so you can sneak a bite to eat and maintain your energy levels.
Get your interviewers’ contact information while you’re on site, verifying titles and names. Then, on the way home, send a note of thanks to everyone you came in contact with, either by email or with a handwritten card. Did you know that sending a thank you note could tip the scales in your favor?
Expert Support for Your NP or PA Interview
As a Melnic candidate, we help you create a strategic approach to your interview schedule. You’ll get personalized interview coaching and support with your travel schedule and interview itinerary. After your interview, we’re on your side, with feedback to interviews and give you status updates leading up to an offer.
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Jill Gilliland is President of Melnic an APRN and PA national recruiting company. Jill is a speaker and publicist on areas such as job strategies, branding and marketing, pediatric critical care needs, and additional topics relevant to pediatric nursing and the recruitment business. She has over 12 years of experience in the recruiting industry coupled with a strong sales, healthcare, and technology background. Jill holds a BS degree in Business from the University of Southern California and an MBA from The University of Virginia, Darden Business School. Connect with Jill Gilliland on LinkedIn.