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What about the Interview?

If you are invited for an interview at Decatur Memorial Hospital, part of the interview will normally take place in the Human Resources Department and the other part will take place in the supervisor’s office. You may be asked to come back more than once if additional information may be needed.

We realize that interviews can (and do) make most people at least a little bit nervous. This is natural and expected. Therefore, to help you relax and feel comfortable, we will try to conduct the interview as if it were a casual, informal, and friendly conversation. We believe that a friendly conversation will help you reduce the jitters and give us a better opportunity to get to know you. We want our interviews to be pleasant and friendly. We hope you enjoy it.

Although the interview will be informal and friendly, we are looking for some serious answers. We will review your resume and job application and will probably begin by asking questions about your jobs, education, outside interests, strengths and weaknesses. Basically, all our questions are aimed at answering three very important questions. First, can you do the job? Second, will you do the job? Third, will you get along with other employees?

Of course, all interviews are different because there is no set formula. Each director has his or her own styles and approach. However, there are some routine questions you can expect. Read the following questions. Study them. Come up with an automatic, honest, and complete answer for each question. This will help you prepare for the interview. Perhaps you can ask a friend to help you. Have him or her pretend to be the director and ask you the questions.

  • Why did you choose Decatur Memorial Hospital?
  • What do you see as your major strengths and areas that need improvement?
  • You’ve quit quite a few jobs, why?
  • Have you ever been fired from a job? Why?
  • What did you dislike the most about your last job?
  • What would you say is your most important accomplishment? Failure? Disappointment? Why?
  • What do you expect from DMH?
  • Why do you want to change careers?
  • Have you ever had a disagreement with a supervisor? Why? Why not? How did you handle it?
  • What is the most difficult challenge you faced in your life and how did you handle it?
  • In your opinion, what can you do for Decatur Memorial Hospital that no other job applicant could do?
  • Do you have any questions?

Notice the last question. Not only are we looking for well-thought answers to the prior questions, but we are also interested in hearing intelligent well-thought questions. The questions you ask will show that you are looking out for your own happiness and job security. It is okay to write out any questions that you have on a piece of paper and bring it with you to the interview. When asked if you have any questions, pull out your list and read through them one at a time. This shows that you are organized and prepared.

Now, you may be asking, “What separates those who get the job from those who didn’t?” Well, there are many factors. Here are some of the most common factors and some important advice:

  • Sell Yourself
    When we ask you about yourself, make sure you tell us about your accomplishments and explain how they relate to the job you’re seeking.
  • Show enthusiasm
    Don’t just sit there. Participate in the conversation. Look at the interviewer in the eye. Smile. Add humor or insight whenever possible and appropriate.
  • Show what you can do for the employer
    Find out what skills are required for the job. Then, offer examples from your resume that show you can fill the needs of the position.
  • Show that you are a team player
    We pride ourselves in our teamwork at Decatur Memorial Hospital, and we are looking for quality people to join the team. Therefore, instead of always saying, “I did this…” or “I did that…” bring in the team. Whenever appropriate say, “We did this…” or, “We did that….”
  • Give complete answers.
    A complete answer should take between thirty seconds and two minutes to explain. Use examples and details whenever you can.
  • Use good listening skills
    The interview should be a 50:50 conversation. Know when to listen. Listen to the entire question before formulating your response.
  • Dress the part
    Make sure your clothes are neat, clean, and freshly pressed. Whenever possible, professional attire is expected. Avoid excessive jewelry, excessive make-up, and strong perfumes or colognes. Please do not chew gum during the interview.
  • Show up on time
    Plan to arrive fifteen minutes early. If you’re going to be late or unable to come to the interview, please call ahead of time to let us know. We’ll be happy to reschedule your interview for a more convenient time.

What should I do after my interview?

The best way to follow-up on an interview is to simply send a thank you note to the people who interviewed you. This serves several purposes. First, it shows that you truly appreciate the opportunity to be interviewed. It also serves to remind the interviewers, several days after the interview, that you are still a candidate for the position. It gives you an opportunity to mention any key points that you forgot to mention during the interview.

Decatur Memorial Hospital makes every attempt to respond to all applicants who have been interviewed as soon as possible. Sometimes this may be a day or two or it may be a week or longer, depending on how many people are being interviewed and the schedule of those involved. Please be patient. However, if at any time you feel you need to contact us, please feel free to give us a call. We will be glad to keep you informed of where we are in the decision-making process.

Thank you for your interest in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
We wish you well in your endeavors.

Decatur Memorial Hospital is an equal opportunity employer.