How do you imagine a typical day in work in this place?
This depends a lot on your place of work. Surely, you will always administer hearing tests, and collect information on the degree of impairment, using specialized instruments and equipment. You will fit and dispense hearing aids and other devices.
But whether you will have your own office, or travel from one place to another (for example to various schools in a school district) depends on your place of work. The same applies to the demographic group of your patients, or even to the types of tests you will administer.
Check the job description carefully, as well as the business hours of the clinic, their website and other things, to get a good picture of the job. In any case, ensure your interviewers that you expect to be busy, and work hard in your audiology practice.
This is another revealing interview probe. It is called an open-ended question. You are forced to choose what you feel are the important aspects of your life and experiences. These questions are not just revealing about your past, but also show how you think on your feet and conduct yourself. Stay on the right track when answering this question. Talk about your professional life and not your personal interests. Begin by reviewing your educational background, clinical experiences and academic accomplishments. Sounds like your resume? It should, but with a personal touch.
Good conversation keeps things lively, interesting, and informative. However, there are some issues and topics you should avoid during discussions about you and your job.
A 15 to 30 minute interview is a bit brief. Most interviewers allow 30 to 60 minutes per session. The longer you spend with the interviewers, the better your prospects.
Write down your impressions of the facility and what went on immediately following the interview. Make a list of the good things, as well as the bad. Jot down where you felt you excelled, or how you might have erred. The successful interview is attained through practice.
The facility’s preparedness for the interview is often reflective of how it is run. Were people friendly? Did you like what you saw? Was it clean? What state was the equipment in? Did the patients appear satisfied and happy? Were clerical and clinical staff accommodating and professional?
Why audiology? Why not another field?
Anything you talk about, try to talk about audiology (and your future career in it) with enthusiasm. They shouldn’t get an impression that you are in only for a big paycheck, and a prestigious job title your friends can envy you.
Some good answers I heard before include: