Understanding the 6 Things you Must Know to Succeed in Your Next Physiotherapy Job Interview

Landing a great job not only takes having a great resume and experience, it also takes having a great interview.
If you have been bshortlisted for an interview, you likely have most of the skills required for the job. Typically, interviewers are looking for key soft skills you’ll need to succeed in the job and the physiotherapy hospital or clinic. In order toperform well in the interview, you’ll need to persuade your interviewers thatyou are the best fit for the job.

Past Behaviour is the BEST Predictor of Future Behaviour.

Its one thing to say you can do something; it\’s another to be able to provide examples of how you’ve done it and the impact it has had. You should be able to anticipate the questions you will be asked based on the requirements of the role; then come to the interview with a toolbox of examples of the work you\’ve done. By tackling questions this way, you’ll find yourself standing out from other physiotherapists vying for the job.

Answering TOUGH Interview Questions Requires the RIGHT Preparation.

No matter the interview style, you’ll be bound to receive some challenging questions. One of the most common challenging questions is “What is your biggest weakness?” This question can easily put you off guard and few people know how to answer this question well. By avoiding the hope for some spontaneous inspiration during the interview, prepare for the interview by specifically outlining your answer to the most common challenging questions.

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Non-Verbal Communication.

Most research shows that our communication is primarily expressed through our nonverbal communication. What we say and how we say it is important, but our body language is even more important. During a job interview, you’ll want to pay attention to body language and make sure it communicates “I’m the one you want for this job!” Be conscious of the small things that express confidence and approachability. Here are some areas that you could have a friend evaluate while performing a mock interview: how you close the door behind you, shaking hands with the interviewer, maintaining eye-contact while speaking, and keeping your hand movements to a minimum.

What You Wear Can Influence the Interviewer.

Have you ever wondered why you feel more at ease in green rooms than red? That’s because color affects our moods and attitudes, and the color of your clothing can affect the way an interviewer will feel about you and the opinions they may form about you. Certain colors convey certain emotions and it’s important to choose colours that will create the right mood for this important occasion.

Be Careful About Touching your Face.

People subconsciously place their hands on their face when trying to hide emotions. For example, the nose has nerve endings that are directly connected to our primitive and instinctive brain. Touching the end of the nose typically conveys a need for more discretion and less transparency. Who would have thought that these unconscious behaviours could communicate such important messages?
 

Ask Great Questions to Set Yourself Apart.

Often in interviews we focus our preparations on answering the questions that will come your way. Don’t forget to be ready with questions of your own. Not only is the interviewer assessing if you are the right fit for the position, but you also have an opportunity to understand if the role and organization is the right one for you. As well, nothing impresses an interviewer more than a really good question that demonstrates your initiative in understanding their workplace and the job opportunity.


Introducing ignitephysio Mentoring Circles

In talking with different segments of the physiotherapy community, we’ve uncovered that there is a need for some really practical education around helping you navigate the many challenging topics related to managing your career. To help make this accessible for as many people as possible, we’ll be holding online group mentoring sessions called mentoring circles.

So what’s a mentoring circle?

A mentoring circle is a group mentoring approach that is facilitated by a content expert that gives an opportunity for participants to ask questions and engage in group discussion. At ignitephysio we’re big believers that learning together is better. Our mission is to create opportunities for physiotherapists in Canada to come and work through these important topics.

Investing in Your Career Mentoring Circle Series

We’re excited about launching this new series called “Invest in Your Career” with a focus on helping internationally trained physiotherapists, new physiotherapy graduates and seasoned clinicians manage their careers. The focus will be to foster meaningful conversation and provide relevant tools and practical skills to help you in your practice.
Our first session will be on Saturday December 12 at 10am to 12pm MST. This session will zero in on the interview process and help physiotherapists understand how to answer those tough interview questions.

You’ll learn:

  • How to review a job posting and identify how to prepare for the interview
  • How to answer the question “Tell me about yourself” in a way that will wow your interviewer
  • How to create ‘flow’ in an interview and connect with your interviewer
  • Understand the formula for answering any challenging question

 
Plus you’ll get easy-to-use worksheets that will help you prepare for your next interview.
This event is FREE and is open to all physiotherapists and physiotherapy students residing in Canada including internationally trained physiotherapists, new grads and seasoned clinicians.
This session is capped at 15 attendees.
 

Click here to register for the event!

About the Author:

Reana Saraceni

Reana Saraceni

Dr. Reana is a Registered Psychologist and Executive Coach, and holds a doctorate in counselling psychology. Working closely with Human Resouces departments and Hiring Managers, Dr. Reana helps them source and select top talent for their organizations. She consults with individuals on effective resume writing, how to best prepare for an interview, and how to answer interview questions. Dr. Reana also conducts training on non-verbal communication. In her private practice, Dr. Reana works with individuals to overcome life obstacles.

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