September 22, 2015

5 Interview Tips for Foreign-trained Healthcare Professionals

As a foreign-trained healthcare professional, you must clear numerous hurdles to make it to the United States. Aspiring nurses must pass NCLEX, followed by a rigorous English language exam like TOEFL or IELTS. You have to gain a certain amount of experience. Then there's all the paperwork associated with immigration.And when all that's finished, it's time to interview with your potential American employer.This can be overwhelming for many international healthcare professionals, but interviews are just as daunting for American citizens, too. They're stressful in nature because of what's at stake.But there are a few popular tricks you can use to help you stay cool and calm when it's your time to interview. PassportUSA's international recruiters have worked with hundreds of foreign-trained healthcare candidates, all who had an interview to conquer. In over 10 years of experience, here are the best tips they offer when interviewing:#1. Sound as upbeat and energetic as possible. It's challenging to portray emotion over the phone when they can't see your face. So remain enthusiastic and ensure there's no mystery surrounding your mood. You're excited about this opportunity and they need to know it. A popular motto around the PPUSA office: "They should hear you smiling over the phone."#2. Engage. The last thing you want to be seen as is disinterested. You need to be ready with plenty of questions to ask your interviewer. To get questions, do some research well before your interview. Learn about the facility, take an interest in what may be the next step in your career as a healthcare professional. Figure out some relevant questions to ask. Even if you already know the answer, questions demonstrate an eagerness to learn more and a sincerity about the position.#3. Let the client know you are interested in working for them. They have to know you want to be there. Not just in the United States, but in their facility specifically. While researching, don't just compile questions to ask, but try to find out what's unique or special about that facility. Are they the largest in their town or city? Are they the only facility around their region?What about the city or town itself? Anything notable or interesting worth talking about? Beyond resume and experience, these are the talking points that will separate you from your competition.#4. Reiterate. Not to the point of exhaustion, but don't be afraid to reiterate your experience that may be applicable to the unit you're interviewing for more than once. It's a way to ensure the interviewer leaves the interview knowing you're qualified for this role. Don't be shy about reinforcing your experience, but don't go overboard either. Find a healthy balance and give your good experience the recognition it deserves.#5. Be willing. You must be willing to be trained for the unit you're interviewing for, even if it's outside your comfort zone. This is an enormous opportunity, you shouldn't surrender it over a fear of trying something new. Along with specialty, be willing to work any shift. This especially goes a long way.Stubbornness will burn your bridge to the United States. Remain excited and open, and your next interview will be easy.Have any questions? Ask away in the comment section below or on our Facebook page, where over 400 thousand healthcare professionals are following!

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