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Applying to UW Medical Foundation: Job Interview Tips

An interview gives you the opportunity to showcase your qualifications to a potential employer, so it's important to be well prepared. The following information provides some helpful hints.


The Early Bird Gets the Worm: Be Prepared

  • Research the company and the position in which you are interviewing. Be prepared to answer questions, such as:
    • "What do you know about our company?"
    • "Why do you want to work here?"
    • "What attracted you to our company?"
  • Know the interviewer's name and phone number (in case you need to reschedule or are running late).
  • Review mission, vision and values of the organization as well as and the job description.
  • Be ready to describe your experience, as it relates it the job.
  • Be ready to answer broad questions, such as:
    • "Why should I hire you?"
    • "Why do you want this job?"
    • "What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
  • Be ready to answer specific, behavioral and scenario questions such as: 
    • "What is your experience with...?" 
    • "Describe a time when ..."
    • "How would you handle a situation if [blank] were to occur?"
  • Practice interviewing with a friend or relative.

First Impressions Count: Dress for Success

  • Dress professionally and appropriately. 
  • Dress "one step above" the job in which you are interviewing. 
  • Keep your outfit simple and polished. Consider colors such as black, navy and grey and avoid overly bright colors or busy patterns. You don't want to distract the interviewer from you and what you are saying.
  • Keep accessories to a minimum quantity and size (rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings). You want to shine, not everything else.
  • Jeans and flip-flops are not appropriate attire. 
  • Avoid wearing heavy perfume and/or makeup.
  • Do not chew gum.

What You Should Do During Your Interview

  • Bring copies of your resume with you and a notepad so you can take notes when appropriate.
  • Be 10-15 minutes early. Be prepared for traffic and/or parking delays.
  • Turn cell phone off.
  • Know the name of your interviewer and greet him/her with a firm handshake and eye contact. 
  • Use proper etiquette. 
  • Relax and answer each question concisely. Remember to breathe.
  • Use proper English. Avoid slang.
  • Be enthusiastic about yourself, your experience and what you can bring to the job. 
  • Use body language to show interest. Use eye contact, good posture and remember to smile.
  • Ask questions about the position and the organization but avoid obvious questions that can be easily found on the company website.
  • Thank the interviewer when you leave and shake hands. 
  • Send a thank you note following the interview.

Things You Don't Want to Do During Your Interview

  • Do not bring friends/family to interview with you.
  • Avoid negative comments about past employers.
  • Try not to stumble or say "um" when responding to questions. 
  • Avoid casual body and verbal language. This tells the interviewer you're not serious about the job opportunity.