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Interview tips

General interview tips:

  • Be on time for your interview
  • Bring copies of your cover letter and resume (unless instructed otherwise)
  • Do research about the company and demonstrate your learning during the interview
  • Dress professionally
  • Give a firm handshake
  • Maintain good eye contact and posture throughout the interview
  • Be honest about your experience
  • Be positive about past employers, co-workers, etc.
  • Ask for a business card at the end of the interview so you can follow-up with a thank you

Interviews often consist of behavioral or situational questions. Further your preparation by taking an inventory of your accomplishments. You can start by reviewing your resume and knowing it well. Pick out a few highlights, or note other experiences that best reflect the position to share in the interview. This could be examples of successful projects you worked on or innovative ideas you implemented. Being able to convey and give examples of why you think you are a good fit for the job is key! Below are some common interview questions.

Questions you could be asked in an interview:

  • Tell me about yourself.
    • This is an open ended question often used to break the ice in an interview. The important thing to remember is to keep the answer brief and job-related.
  • Why are you interested in this position and working at HealthPartners?
    • State the positive things you have learned about the company and the position and fit them into your career goals. This will show the employer that you cared enough about the interview to prepare for it.
  • What are your strengths?
    • This is the time to describe the skills that will best market you for the job.
  • Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond to help someone.
    • The interviewer is looking for a specific example, so take a minute to think of a recent situation where you utilized your customer service skills. Showcase your ability and passion to help others in this answer.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to solve a challenging problem.
    • The interviewer is looking for another specific example; one that gives them an indication of how you approach tough situations. Be sure to share more information about your critical thinking skills.
  • How do others describe you?
    • If you don't feel comfortable with this question, before the interview ask some friends or past colleagues how they would describe you.

“Do you have any questions for me?”

Most interviewers will give you time to ask them questions about information or details that are important to you about the job or organization. By asking questions, you again show the interviewer you have interest in the job and have come prepared to the interview.

Questions you could ask the interviewer:

  • What are the key responsibilities of this position?
  • What do people like most about working in this department?
  • What are the key challenges to this position?
  • How would you describe the ideal candidate?
  • What are the next steps in the hiring process?

We hope this information gives you a start with your interview preparation. Good luck on your interview!

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