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How to be More Captivating with Each Interview:

Progressing through Multiple Interview Rounds

 

Many executive or C-Suite level job interviews involve several interview rounds on multiple days.  This video provides tips to help you move successfully through multiple stages of the interview process and how to engage with interviewers at each stage.

Executive or C-Suite interviews consist of a multiple-stage interview process:

  1. Pre-screening: A phone or Skype interview
  2. Second Round: A series of one-on-one face-to-face interviews
  3. Third Round: Panel interview
  4. Final Round: Group Presentation

PRE-SCREENING

A pre-screening telephone call or video interview is a common first step. It is usually conducted by a human resources professional who is focused on deciding if they should present you to the hiring manager.  They will be listening to determine if your skills and experience meet the minimum job requirements. You need to ensure that all the boxes get checked.

 

FIRST FACE-TO-FACE INTERVIEW

The first face-to-face interview will likely be a series of one-on-one face-to-face interviews.  At this stage, you may encounter peers, potential collaborators from other groups, and the hiring manager.  Each will be looking for something different from you.

  1. Peers: Peers have a deep understanding of the skills required for the role. They will be assessing your capabilities of doing the job. They will ask this type of question:
  • How do you build strong working relationships?
  • What are your measures of success and how do you ensure all parties are recognized?
  • How would others describe your working style?

With each of your answers, work to verbalize your skill set and connect at a peer level.

  1. Potential collaborators from other groups: As more organizations move to matrix modeled collaboration, employees are increasingly required to collaborate with other groups. When these potential collaborators are interviewing you, their main objective is to understand what it will feel like to collaborate with you. They will ask these types of questions:
  • Describe a project that required input from people at different levels in the organization. How did you navigate that?
  • Can you share an experience where a project dramatically shifted direction at the last minute? What did you do?
  • Tell me about a time when you were communicating with someone and they did not understand you. What did you do?

Your answers should highlight your collaboration experience and potential.

  1. Hiring Manager

The hiring manager will ask about:

  • Relevant experience: Go through the job description, line by line, ensuring you have talking points for each highlighting your relevant skills.
  • The story behind your job history:  The two patterns of hiring managers look for are your tenure at each job and the progression of your roles.  It is important to have a short “story” ready to articulate the motivations behind the different moves in your career, and how each transition helped you grow. Address any gaps in employment with prepared short statements.

Your answers should be prepared ahead of time.

PANEL INTERVIEW

The next round is often a panel interview, where you face several interviewers at the same time. This type of interview is used to evaluate how you interact in a group setting, how you manage the stress of multiple interviewers, and how you communicate with a varied audience. To ensure success:

  • Think of this interview as a simulation of a group meeting
  • Address everyone in the room and focus on engaging with them.
  • Take control of the pace of the conversation by pausing to formulate your answers before responding.
  • Tie your answers back to previous questions.
  • Demonstrate a high level of attention
  • Show that you can think on your feet.

GROUP PRESENTATION

If you are invited to the final round, it means you have the right skill set and are a good fit. Now the focus shifts to a comparison between you and the other remaining candidates. In this round, you will give a group presentation with two components.

  • First, you will present your story. This is where you introduce yourself and highlight your core experience.  Focus on connecting the dots between your experience and the opportunity.
  • Second, you will present your solution to a given business problem. You will create a presentation that outlines the problem and your solution. Budget the flow of your presentation to ensure that it is the appropriate length. Practice your presentation delivery ahead of time so that it flows smoothly.

Before every interview, think through the following questions:

  • What does this interviewer care about most?
  • What does this interviewer perceive as my weakness?
  • How can I differentiate myself from other applicants?

Keeping these questions in mind at each round will allow you to be progressively more captivating to your interviewers as you move through consecutive interview rounds.

While the job interview process varies from organization to organization, here are some tips to help you move successfully through multiple stages of the interview process. Keeping these tips in mind at each round will allow you to be progressively more captivating to your interviewers as you move through consecutive interview rounds.

 

Kathy Lin - Tal HealthcareWritten by:
Kathy Lin, Marketing Communications Manager
Kathy writes content for Tal Healthcare, a healthcare career website. She has a background in recruiting, sales, and teaching.  She holds a BA in Biology from the University of Vermont.  When she isn’t writing you can find her outside running, skiing or biking.

In the News: Tal Healthcare Attends Columbia Nursing Career Job Fair

 

Tal Healthcare matches exceptional candidates with extraordinary opportunities at all levels of healthcare. We make amazing things happen.

July 13, 2018 – Tal Healthcare, a leading healthcare recruitment company in the Northeast, attended the
2018 Columbia Nursing Career Job Fair in New York City. The MDE, DNP, Ph.D. and MS students of this
extraordinary graduate nursing school are well prepared for the transition to their professional careers.
Lea Tal, CEO at Tal Healthcare, articulated, “I was so impressed with the intelligence, integrity, and
ambition of the nurses from these programs.” Tal Healthcare matches exceptional candidates with
extraordinary opportunities at all levels of healthcare. We make amazing things happen.

Ignite Your Career Like a Firework

 

 

Is your career ready for a boost? With the current rapidly changing business environment, updating your skill set is more important than ever.  In order to advance your career, you not only need to maintain your existing skills, you need to develop new competencies. Here we outline your plan for success.  You can ignite your career by following these five steps. The best part is that they can all be done while you are at work.
Steps for Igniting Your Career:
1. Assess Your Career Goals

Set a long-term plan with measurable goals. Goals that are specific, measurable and achievable will give you direction. Having clear goals allows you to focus on getting exactly what it is you want out of your career. Think about what kind of position you want to have in five years. Then, make a list of the skills you will need to be successful in that position. For example, if you want a management role, you need to find ways to gain leadership experience.

2. Look for Challenges

Seize the opportunity to learn new skills. Those who rise through the ranks have found ways to gracefully grab at new opportunities and learning.  Raise your hand when a new project comes up that aligns with your goals. Let your manager know that you are eager to take on new challenges.

3. Read Everything

Read everything you can about your industry, your company, and competitors. Armed with this information you will be able to pitch solutions to problems and challenges that arise in your department. Become an expert and impress your manager with your knowledge.

4. Network Internally

Building an internal network is a worthy investment of your time. Strong internal networks will result in more opportunities for bonding, teamwork and career advancement. Some easy ways to start expanding your internal network: eat lunch with colleagues, celebrate accomplishments (awards, marriage, new child), acknowledge moments of sadness (loss, illness), and share credit with those who have helped you with your success. Become that person who seems to know everybody in the building.

5. Find a Mentor or be a Mentor

Find someone whose career path aligns with your goals.  Put in the work to get noticed by this person. You could share your ideas about a project they are running, or volunteer to help. Also, it’s never too early to be a mentor.  Find someone who is an early careerist to help. The best mentors offer support, encouragement, and feedback. Taking part in the mentor/mentee relationship will contribute to your success throughout your career.

Learning and growing are critical to advancing your career. Think of it as continually feeding your career with knowledge and skills.  Like a firework, the more fuel you add, the brighter and higher your career will go.

 

 

In the News: Tal Healthcare attends HLNY 2018 Annual Gala

 

Tal Healthcare continues to be a long-time member of ACHE and a gold sponsor of HLNY. The theme of the HLNY Gala was “Stay Connected.” At Tal Healthcare we strive to connect talented healthcare professionals with the best healthcare organizations.

 

June 5, 2018Healthcare Leaders of New York, the local ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives) Chapter, held its annual Gala. Each year this Gala honors healthcare leaders for their service to HLNY, ACHE, and their profession. The passion and leadership of the award recipients have helped advance healthcare in New York.

Tal Healthcare continues to be a long-time member of ACHE and a gold sponsor of HLNY. Grateful to be in attendance at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, Tal Healthcare enjoyed the beautiful night on the waterfront and connecting with the many honorees who have devoted their careers to improving healthcare and mentoring future leaders. The theme of the night was “Stay Connected.” At Tal Healthcare we strive to connect talented healthcare professionals with the best healthcare organizations.

Tal Healthcare Is with You Every Step of the Way

 

 

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Tal Healthcare is your home for career growth. When you embark on the journey toward growing your career, Tal Healthcare is there for you every step of the way. We match job seekers with a variety of opportunities at all levels of Healthcare, including C Suite, VP’s, Physicians, Medical Directors, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Finance and Practice Administrators. Tal Healthcare offers resume consultation, interview preparation, moral support, interviewing tips, reference checks, negotiation expertise and so much more. Click below to watch the video and see how. Visit our website to connect with one of our expert recruiters now.

 

The Perfect Post-Interview Thank You Email

Sending a thank you note via email after an interview is not just good manners, it is mandatory. Whether it was a phone interview, a video interview or an in-person interview, send a thank you note via email to each person you spoke with.

Sending a thank you note via email after an interview is not just good manners, it is mandatory.  Whether it was a phone interview, a video interview or an in-person interview, send a thank you note via email to each person you spoke with. 
Email Content:
1. Remind

You are not the only candidate for the job. Writing a thank you note is the perfect way to remind the interviewer why you are the best candidate.

2. Sell

The thank you note is an excellent opportunity to reiterate your skills and accomplishments and indicate the value you will add to the organization.

3. Fill in the Blanks

 Did you leave the interview wishing that you had brought up additional points? The thank you note is an excellent chance to bring up these points.

4. Show Value

This is also a chance to show your value even before you start.  If during the interview, the topic of a current problem facing the organization came up, you can take this opportunity to propose solutions that you have researched or that you have utilized in the past.

5. Indicate Enthusiasm

Indicate your enthusiasm about the job, the organization, and the people you met. Reiterate your desire to join their team.

What to Do:
1. Send One Message to Each Interviewer

Each person you met with gets an email.  Do not address one message to multiple people. If you do not have the email address for each person, your recruiter will be able to obtain it for you.

2. Create a Strong Subject Line

The subject line should include the words “Thank you”, the job title and your name.

3. Edit and Proof Read

The thank you note must be error free and well written so be sure to proofread and edit before sending.

4. Send Within 24 Hours of the Interview

Send the thank you note within 24 hours of your interview, but wait at least one hour after the end of the interview.

Example:

Your email should not be formulaic.  The best note is one that is personalized.  Below is a very basic example just to get you started.

Subject: Thank you – [Job Name] – [Your Name]

Dear [Interviewer Name],

Thank you for meeting with me today. It was a pleasure to learn more about your team and the position of . I’m very excited about the prospect of joining [organization name] and helping [main job responsibility] with your team.

As we discussed, my experience in [list your skills and/or achievements] make me a perfect fit. I also have the [skills omitted from interview] skills which would be an asset for [additional responsibilities of the job].

In researching [problem discussed in the interview], I found that [strategies] have been useful.  I would enjoy speaking with you in more detail about this.

I look forward to hearing from you about the next steps in the hiring process. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can provide additional information.

Best regards,

[Your Name]

[Your Contact Info]

 

Send the perfect post-interview email and be the standout candidate who moves forward in the interview process.