Landing a job interview with an excellent healthcare facility or practice is an achievement worth celebrating. However, there are some mistakes that are easy to make in a job interview that could end up costing you the job. If you want to increase the chances that you’ll receive an offer, try to avoid these missteps.
One: Lying About Your Salary
It can be tempting to inflate your current salary to boost an offer from a new employer. Resist the urge. You never know if an employer will want to see a pay stub or if they will verify your salary in some other way. If you are caught lying, you will probably be removed from contention.
Two: Making Up Other Offers
There is always the possibility that you’ll receive an offer from one employer while you’re waiting to hear from another. If that happens, it is acceptable to contact the employer you haven’t heard from and let the hiring manager know that you’ve received an offer, and you need to decide soon.
Remember, however, it is never ok to try and grease the wheels by lying about another offer. First, there is always the possibility that you will get caught. Second, the employer may call your bluff and tell you to go ahead and accept the other offer, potentially leaving you empty-handed.
Three: Making Crazy Demands
When employers find the candidate they are looking for, they need them to start as soon as possible, work the shift(s) they agreed to work, and to show up every day. You’ll cost yourself an offer if you tell an employer that can’t start work for eight weeks, if you demand two weeks off a few days after starting the job, if you refuse to work specific shifts, etc. As a new employee, you have to put in your dues, and that often means making some sacrifices.
Four: Negotiating Poorly
It’s always ok to negotiate salary if the offer doesn’t quite meet your expectations or needs. However, don’t negotiate for the sake of negotiating because you could end up losing the offer by coming off as inflexible or difficult to work with. Remember that negotiation is a collaborative process, so you want to be respectful – and you should know when to stop pushing.
Five: Not Checking in With References
Your references should always know when a potential new employer might be calling, so they are not caught off guard. It also helps the hiring manager avoid phone tag if your references know that someone from an unknown number will be calling.
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