I had the opportunity to talk about positioning yourself for the Dietetic Job Interview to the members of Dietitians in Business and Communication. We had a vibrant group with valuable dialogue where I shared industry insights from dietetic recruiters. Here are the highlights:
How to prepare for the interview
- Hiring Managers are looking for a snapshot of who you are and why you are the best candidate for the job.
- Present yourself confidently – demonstrate confidence or seek out a career coach. Jenny Westerkamp is an excellent dietetic career coach with over 8 years running All Access Internships and successfully positioning people for interviews and dietetic internship applications.
- Present yourself politely and with respect.
- Present yourself with the attitude of “what I can bring to the organization”, rather than “this is what I need”.
- Interviewers look for candidates with a strong work ethic and a good attitude.
- Know your company.
- Know your resume.
- Prepare interview questions – ask the right questions to the right person. If you are with someone from HR, don’t ask them what their tube feeding formulary is or what is the department operating budget. That HR person may feel intimidated and not pass you along.
- Know your interview and interviewer – make sure to ask when setting it up – who and how many, where is the interview located, how long, what should I expect. Just like how you would prepare for giving a lecture.
- Speak clearly, slowly, enunciate well, especially if being recorded.
- Use your voice in a conversation before the interview – call a friend, talk to the barista at the coffee shop, read the newspaper aloud in your car. Get out of your head and into your verbal communication!
- Expect and prepare for case studies and “how would you handle this situation” questions, depending on the job title
- The 1st or 2nd interview is usually not the time to negotiate compensation. Save that once you receive an offer then you can begin that process in person or by phone.
- 20% of interviews are typically via video (Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts), 40% by telephone, 40% in-person
- NutritionJobs articles:
Stacey Dunn-Emke, MS, RDN