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Interview Techniques 

Preparing for a health sector job interview can be stressful particularly when you’re sitting in front of a panel of recruiters or HR managers. There are a range of techniques to help you prepare for your next interview.

While health sector interviews are traditionally more formal, there are some elements that, if kept in mind, can help with your career success.

Health sector interviews usually involve a formal structure with an interview panel of two or three members. The panel has been specifically trained in interview techniques and will assess your presentation, communication, verbal responses and non-verbal responses.

The interview is heavily focused on the position selection criteria, and each question can range from scenario-based questions where you will be asked to picture yourself in a situation and provide examples based on the selection criteria, to being asked to conduct a written presentation to support the interview process.

Tips for the health sector interview process are outlined below:

  • Do your research – while you may have applied for hundreds of health sector roles, every role is different so you will want to do some research to understand best the role specifically, the culture of the organisation and also the specific tasks involved. Conduct research on the organisation as a whole and find out the vision, key messages, and even their current focus so you can include this information in the interview.
  • Match your expertise to the job – take on the persona of the specific role you are applying for and channel your expertise to suit. While you may have attended a few interviews, you will need to ensure that your examples, scenarios, and responses suit the department or organisation you are being interviewed for.
  • Practice your interview – while it may seem uncomfortable, practice your responses in the mirror or arrange a friend or family member to conduct a mock interview so you can practice your responses a few times before the interview process.
  • Make a good impression – first impressions count and while you may be terribly nervous, take a deep breath and put yourself in the interviewer's shoes. Be friendly and positive and if you don’t understand any questions be sure to ask for some explanation so you can respond to the best of your abilities. Your personal skills are paramount in the interview process to be focused on ensuring you make a good first impression.



Networking - Discovering Opportunity

Understanding the opportunity is crucial and in the health sector, understanding the dimensions of the sector is key. In this article we explore tips for exploring network opportunities and getting the most out of your networking opportunities.

Networking is often considered an art and a science and we’re not all naturals at the process. Networking is a powerful business tool and allows us to expand our client base, develop professional relationships and even find new job opportunities.

It’s interesting to discover that a recent Harvard University study shows that 15% of the reason behind an individual getting a job is due to their technical skills or actual knowledge, the rest of the 85% comes down to people skills.

This staggering figure provides an interesting insight into the power of networking and communicating in your professional career. Whether you’re engaging at an official business function, board meeting, office drinks or in the work corridor, the key to business success is successful networking.

First impressions count and while it can be a challenge to always be professional and engaging, it is essential for your professional development in a workplace.


Tips for successful networking are outlined below:

-    Remember names when introduced – we all find it hard to remember new faces and names at business functions. However, it is important to find a process for remembering new names so that you can engage with individuals. Repeat the name when introduced and aim to make a conscious effort to remember it. You can also make an association with the name that may help you to remember.

-    Make the effort to network – Ask questions during conversations and take the time to find out about others. Always be inclusive and bring others into your conversation.

-    Make your introductions memorable – often the health sector can get a bad wrap during the networking process. When introducing yourself, offer an exciting insight into your role or give a relevant example so people can understand what you do. 

-    Follow up with an email– sometimes at networking events, you may come across a professional relationship that could benefit your career or current role. Take the time to email the new contact and pass on your details and a friendly introductory email.

-    Have a topical point ready to discuss if the conversation stalls – sometimes networking events can get a little slow, and you may like to have a few conversation starters up your sleeve to get the conversation flowing. Be prepared!

Next time you’re at a networking event, take the time to develop a strong personal communication style with your new contacts and make a great first impression that lasts. First impressions count, and networking effectively is a practical tool for business success in the health sector.



Persuasive Presentation Skills 

Presenting information clearly and effectively is a key skill in the health sector. While presentation skills are important in every sector, if you’re applying for a new role in the health sector presentation skills are paramount to success.

No matter what part of the health sector you work in, from time to time you’re probably going to need to do a presentation and this can often be a daunting prospect.

Preparation is key and to help you prepare, we’ve put together a range of relevant and helpful information to assist in your presentation development.

Take the time to prepare – this is probably one of the steps that is skipped in the process. Take the time to prepare and research your subject matter and ensure you have the latest information for your presentation. Figure out the objective, subject, audience, place, time of day and also the length of your presentation so you can deliver it effectively.

Organise your information logically - Now you’re probably aware of what you’re going to say; so now figure our how you want to say it. Select the ideas your want to convey and the main points you want to share with your audience. Decide if you are going to use video, info graphics or any multimedia and then plan your introduction and conclusion.

Write your presentation – your presentation will probably be written, rewritten and edited before you’re happy with the final product. Take the time to ensure you address the ‘why’, the ‘how’ and the ‘what’ your audience is interested in finding out and ensure your presentation follows a logical format. If you’re audience know very little about the subject matter, would they understand the content and the key messages?

Make notes so you can ensure you get your point across – presentation platforms such as PowerPoint and Prezi allow presenters access to a notes section which enables the presenter to add in personal notes to assist during the presentation. While it is not recommended to read these notes verbatim, it is a handy tool to encourage flow and consistency during the presentation.

You’ll also need to make some decisions around the presentation method which may include PowerPoint, Prezi or a range of other presentation mediums, which are suitable for group presentations.

As well as this, if you are working with videos or visual aids, be sure to do a run through before your audience arrives to ensure everything is working correctly and if you’re using the Internet to stream footage that this is not buffering or affecting the flow of the demonstration.



Resume Tips

The idea of creating a resume can fill some job seekers with dread. Your resume is your first impression and you’re going to want to ensure that if you’re applying for jobs in the health sector your resume is top notch.

Whether you have decades of experience in the health sector under your belt or you’re a graduate looking for your first role, creating a professional resume that stands out from the crowd is a challenge and can mean the difference between an interview and receiving a ‘thanks but no thanks’ email response to your application.

A well written and professional resume is essential when applying for health sector roles and in this article we have put together our top tips for creating a resume that gets noticed and gets you in front of the interview panel. Unlike the private sector, the health sector resume is focused on responses to selection criteria, so this element should be heavily focused on for success.

Tips for a well-written health sector resume:

  • Do your research – Do a thorough search on the organisation and figure out if you are a good ‘fit’. Read information on the website and take note of all their policies and procedures to get a detailed understanding of how the organisation operates. During this process you will quickly be able to make a decision if the job is for you or not.
  • Talk to people who may work in the organisation – there is nothing better than getting a first hand insight into the organisation you are applying for, so if you know anyone who works in the health sector or specifically the area you are applying for, take the time to ask their experience and feelings about their workplace.
  • Update your resume to suit the job you are applying for – often our resume is written in such a way that it is skewed towards our previous role, take the time to run through your resume to ensure it aligns with the job you are applying for. Add in elements that may be important for the role and ensure everything is up to date.
  • Start responding to each selection criteria – take the time to respond clearly to every element of the selection criteria. Structure your responses so they outline every element of the criteria and provide examples of your experience. If you can, ask someone who has experience in the health sector to check your answers and review your responses.
  • Check for errors and grammar- there is nothing worse that having glaring errors in your resume. Check you are using the correct spelling and grammar and if there is a word limit be sure to stick to it otherwise your application may wind up in the bin.
  • Check up with the recruiter once you have applied – to show your enthusiasm for the role, once you have applied be sure to send a confirmation email or phone the recruiter to ensure you have covered all the application elements. It is a great way to introduce yourself and show you are keen for the role.