Follow These Tips to Help You Succeed In Your Interview
Interviews can be overwhelming, but with the right preparation, you can feel confident throughout the process. Covenant Living has provided recommendations on where to start your research and example questions you could be asked during your interview.
Review the job description and make note of the required experience, qualifications, and hard/soft skills.
Prepare examples of situations you have encountered that relate to the job description.
Answer interview questions using the STAR method by providing the Situation, Task, Action and Result for each example given.
Prepare questions for your interviewers. Examples of this could be:
Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of the role?
What are you looking for in a candidate?
How would you describe a typical day in this position?
All roles will require different skill sets. Review examples below of the hard skills that will help you prepare for your interview. Hard Skills are teachable abilities or skill sets that are easy to quantify and are typically learned in the classroom, through books, other training materials, or on the job. For example:
Proficiency in a foreign language
A degree or certificate
Registered Nurses License
Specific job experiences
Soft SkillsAll roles will require different skill sets. Review examples below of the soft skills that will help you prepare for your interview.
Soft Skills are subjective skills that are much harder and are seen in relation to how someone interacts with other people. Also known as "people skills" or “interpersonal skills". For Example:
Covenant's Interviewing Styles
Behavioral Interviews are used to assess future success in the role based on past behaviors. Within this type of interview, the candidate provides concrete examples about how they have used specific behaviors or skills on the job. Example Behavioral Interview Question: Tell me about a time when you had deal with a difficult patient/customer. How did you handle that situation?
Situational Interviews are similar to behavioral interviews, but they are focused on the future and are presented as a hypothetical question. Within this type of interview, the candidate is expected to explain how they would handle a specific the situation.
Example Situational Interview Question: While you are at work, you notice that a vacuum is left unattended in the hallway leaving the cord exposed. What would you do?