I GOT THE JOB !!!
You guys may recall my post a few weeks ago about the interesting panel interview with spectators. Im so glad I had that experience!
I went for another interview (different job) a couple weeks ago and I was notified yesterday that I am the new Safety and Protective Services Management Coordinator for the hospital that formerly ran the EMS agency I worked for. I get to manage the Hospital call center, the Haz-Mat team, and the hospitals courier system. Good times!!!
I spent part of the day with my new boss and thought I would share some insights that he shared with me regarding my selection. I hope it might help any of you in future interview processes.
First of all the board that interviewed me was impressed that I had gone back to complete my BS while working full time. They felt it showed initiative and determination. What we are all trying to achieve here at IC is worthwhile and can make a difference.
I also took the time to change out of my medic uniform into the uniform of business (coat and a tie). My partner and I had just worked a full code and I was drenched in sweat but I explained it away by detailing that and demonstrating respect for the process by showing up dressed for the interview. Apparently many folks in the hospital will show up in scrubs or their uniform to an interview...they don't really seem to like this and mentioned that it makes candidates appear "lazy".
I also brought in copies of my resume on resume paper in an envelope, and a few relevent certifications including a copy of my FEMA Professional Development Cert. I opened the interview with a quick detail of my work experience and told them about the relevence of each certification. I'm told it "wowed" the interview panel. They said that I gave a great "presentation" of myself...pretty cool
I also prepared myself by reading and re-reading the job description. This is a hospital job so I used google to look up relevent info. It was mentioned by the board that I seemed like the only one really prepared for the particular job. Others had a great deal more managerial experience, one held an MBA, 2 had been hospital employees longer...but I had a superior interview.
The night before the interview I thumbed through my organizational leadership textbook along with my human resource management text. I was able to recall specific terms like "legitimate formal authority, span of control, and unity of command" I think it made for more intelligent response to questions, especially from the HR Manager who sat on the panel.
Preparation, practice, and determination will win the day. If your out there struggling to find a job, or gain a promotion hang in there. Interview as much as possible even though it's a little intimidating. Prep, prep again, and keep swinging....you will get there!
I also followed up the interview with a thank you e-mail to each member.
Good luck everyone!