For many PA graduates, it’s interview season! Here are 5 tips to crush your interview:

  1. DRAW ON YOUR PA SCHOOL INTERVIEW EXPERIENCE. We all had to go through interviews to get accepted into PA school, so don’t you forget about these invaluable experiences. If you’re out looking for jobs, you obviously convinced 1 or more PA programs of how great you are, so reflect back on what you did to stand out from the crowd.
  2. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. You should enter each interview having researched the company that is interviewing you. Pay close attention to their mission statement and try to integrate some of the keywords from that into your answers. Ask yourself: “What can I say and do to show that my values are aligned with theirs?” Another example is if your potential employer is a FQHC, you need to understand what that means, and should demonstrate that understanding in your interview.
  3. DRESS FOR SUCCESS. First impressions are critical, so dress nicely for your interview. Do not wear anything flashy, provocative or sexy, but look like you mean business. This doesn’t mean you should break the bank getting a tailored Italian suit, as you poor post-PA students could probably do just as well at Marshalls or through online shopping.
  4. SPIN EVERYTHING POSITIVELY. Here’s an example: You’re not just a new grad, as you’re also a clean slate ready to be trained by your prospective employer. My example: I’ve had interviews where they questioned my PA-employment gaps (for extended time-off and sabbaticals), only to explain how I was prioritizing my life outside of work, leading to interesting conversations and allowing me to become unforgettable to them.
  5. BE PREPARED TO ASK QUESTIONS, NOT JUST ANSWER THEM. After doing your homework (see #2), prepare a few questions to ask of your interviewers. Not only does this demonstrate engagement and interest, but it also gets you out of the hot seat for a few minutes, and can lead to more conversations, as opposed to a standard question/answer format.

If you’re looking for even more interview tips, try this link. I highly suggest you also check out The PA Blueprint to better understand compensation, which may help with negotiating your contract, once you are offered a job.

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Published by Shayne Foley

I have dedicated myself to a lifelong pursuit of health and wellness, both personally and professionally, over the last 25 years. My passions, interests and experiences have led me to a multitude of health and wellness disciplines, resulting in an accumulation of over 40,000 hours of experience. My educational degrees include: Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Exercise Science, Master’s Degree in Biomechanics and a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. In addition to my educational accomplishments, the culmination of my career experiences outside of the classroom have developed my passion for coaching and teaching. Some of these experiences include: Performance coaching for elite athletes and business professionals (10+ years), teaching at multiple universities (6+ years) and working as a Physician Assistant (10 years). These academic, pedagogical and practical experiences have shaped, and continue to shape, my philosophies, theories and solutions related to health and wellness. I am thrilled and humbled to now be bringing all of my acquired knowledge, holistic approach and pragmatic methods into what I see as my most important and impassioned work to date: Coaching healthcare professionals to reach their personal and professional goals. I grew up in Western Massachusetts, and have spent the majority of my life living throughout New England. I currently reside in Vermont, where the environment and culture organically foster an optimal work-life balance. I live joyfully with my lovely wife and rescue dog. My other interests include outdoor recreation, lifestyle design, financial independence, travel and supporting my local community. I’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to contact me, you can do so via the following ways: efficientclinician@gmail.com

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