How to Prepare for an Allied Health Job Interview

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Are you struggling with job interview jitters? You’re not alone. We can’t eliminate those nerves for you, but there are several practical ways to be as prepared as possible so you can enter your interview with confidence and self-assurance. 

Do Your Research

If you want to work for an organization, you should know who they are and what they do. Learn about their mission, dive into their culture, understand their values, and what their vision for the company looks like. Check for recent press releases about changes or exciting events or connect with someone who is already working there to get their perspective. Information is power, and knowing their overall company firmographic information will not only show them that you’re already invested in their organization but also determine if they’re a good fit for you.

Update Your Resume and Other Documents

Your resume is the first impression an employer has of you when submitting a job application. Make sure it’s current and infused with all the best facts about you, your experience, your strengths and specialties, and your skills. Your resume is also the foundation of your employment profile, including licensing, certifications, a skills checklist, and references, so be sure to include all of your current certifications and relevant skillset. If your resume needs a little boost, check out Resume Builder or My Perfect Resume for assistance. Tip: You can also refer to the job description to match the position’s requirements with your specific expertise.

Role Play With Potential Interview Questions

Preparing your answers to questions in advance allows you to test your responses. Consider questions surrounding operations, leadership skills, culture fit, mental health, role expectations, liability, etc. 


Some sample questions to add to the list include:

  • What drew you to this field?
  • How do you manage stress?
  • What challenges did you encounter in your last role, and how did you overcome them?
  • What priority do you place on balancing policies with patient care?
  • Why do you want to be part of our team?


Weave in opportunities to show off your specialized skills with the utilization of preparing in advance, showcasing how you could effectively complete tasks and be a great asset to the organization. Planning for subtle, yet strategic answers that incorporate your technical skills, certification, and impact on patient experience shows that you not only could be a great fit for the business, but have a good understanding of the position they are looking to fill. 

Master Personal Presentation

Make the most of your initial interview process from the get-go by communicating professional behavior interpersonally and nonverbally. Communicate clearly and show active listening, yet, allow yourself to be led through the interview while avoiding interruption. Show up dressed for success, even for a virtual interview, to put your best professional foot forward. 


For more tips and help to land your next—or first—allied health job interview, reach out to IDR Healthcare, and let’s make a plan for success!

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