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How To Prepare For Your Job Interview

job interview

Though the so-called “stress interview” is very much a thing of the past, the very thought of a job interview can reduce a perfectly fine candidate to a bundle of nerves. This is where good preparation can help in dramatically reducing the amount of stress you undergo during the build up. TAG has put together a few pointers that can help you during the run-up.

Scheduling your interview

When you set the time for your interview, make sure you get the basic information absolutely correct:

Time, date and location of interview.

The name(s) and title(s) of the interviewer(s).

Whether the job interview will be a panel interview.

Whether you are to bring examples of your work or other supporting documents.

Suitable attire

Understand how and by who you will be interviewing you

Knowing whether you will be interviewing in a one-on-one situation or whether it will be a panel-based interview situation can help you in your preparation. If you can, get the name(s) of your interviewer(s) and do some research on them. It is possible that this information won’t be available to you, but there is no harm in asking. It demonstrates that you know how to prepare for different situations and are versed in anticipating events.

Read and re-read your resume

It may seem obvious, but in general recruiters always want to hire people who are confident in themselves and their abilities, so make sure that your resume is a clear reflection of your achievements and goals. In a demanding industry, it is extremely important that your recruiter sees a candidate that is self-confident and aware during the job interview, with an in-depth understanding of the key responsibilities they will be charged with.

Read up on industry developments

Employers are impressed by candidates who are well-informed, well-read and up to date with key developments in their particular field. Most industry sectors are very dynamic and ever-evolving spaces. Being informed of recent advances or changes in your field can help break the ice in a job interview by giving you something to talk about.

Research the Company thoroughly before your job interview

Google Google Google! Apart from the obvious online destinations such as the Company website and LinkedIn, pull up various articles that pertain to the Company culture, values, reputation and innovation. Look in to other Social Media sites that can help familiarize you with the Company image. All this preparation can help you answer the obvious direct questions such as “Why do you want to work for our Company?”

Go over the job description again

Make sure you know and understand the job description inside out. If you know someone within the Company, see if you can get them to send you a copy of the internal job listing. Quite often there is more detail in the internal listing than appears externally.

Anticipate their questions

There are the obvious ones that will inevitably surface, starting with “Tell me about yourself.” During your review of the job description, you will have noticed the particular experience and skill sets that the Company is looking for. Pay attention to those and highlight your relevant experiences in your answer. In short, tailor it so it becomes exactly what the Company want to hear! You should also prep answers that highlight not just your strengths but also your weaknesses and how you have gone about correcting those. It’s impossible to accurately predict exactly what will come up in your interview, but having key touchstone answers that you can weave in to different situations will be of invaluable help to you in demonstrating self-confidence and assuredness.

Prepare your own interview questions

You should absolutely ensure that you have your own questions worked out beforehand. You can inquire about specifics of the job, your responsibilities within a team environment and what expectations the Company will have for you as to future role direction. Try and keep your questions more towards the aspirational end and don’t ask the more direct ones such as compensation and benefits. Let the company broach those areas first.

What to take with you

Aside from any specific documents you have been asked to bring with you, don’t assume that everyone present at your interview will have copies of your resume to hand. Print a few out just in case. This will also benefit you if you need to fill out additional application documents as you will have all relevant dates and information to hand.

If you find this informative, we are always here to give you first-hand advice, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Talent Achievement Group are a Healthcare Recruitment Firm.  For any inquiries contact our Managing General Partner Christopher MacIntyre on christopher@tagachieve.com or call  +1 (855) 824-5660.  For further reading on all things career-related, TAG recommends www.themuse.com

What Our Healthcare Recruiting Firm Looks for In Our Candidates

What Our Healthcare Recruiting Firm Looks for In Our Candidates

By: Christopher M. MacIntyre

August, 2016

If you’ve read our last blog on here, you’ll have a pretty good idea of the values and ethos we have as a firm. 

We’re proud of the fact that we approach the healthcare recruiting process in a way that marks us out.  We are a close-knit group that has a very clear vision of how we want our firm to be perceived in the market place.  It’s a work in progress, but every single day we make choices and decisions that are based on simple guiding principles.  And it’s how we search out our candidates as well.  We are very much aware that the people we represent are a reflection of our firm, and the most important component of our reputation.

So when you, the candidate, come to us, we look for a number of qualities in you.


We firmly believe that this is the single most important quality you will possess.  As we will be honest with you, we expect you to behave in a similar fashion with us.  You will likely have a strong understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses, and be able to admit to past failures or things you could have done better, as well as talk about the triumphs.  You will have a keen sense of loyalty that will encompass both past and present employers, refusing to denigrate those you have worked with.


Although this goes without saying, we want to know that you possess the ability to set goals, see tasks through and generally demonstrate competence at all times in the work you do and have done.  We want to know that you have real confidence in your abilities to not only perform mandated tasks, but also persuade an employer that you can go above and beyond.  Adding real value to an organization is a very compelling personal selling point.

Team Player

If you can impart the sense that you are a team player to us, then this again will go a long way to positioning yourself well with any future employer.  In general, people want to feel at ease with others they will be working closely with, and if they get a sense of your personality as cooperative and willing to do the hard yards, this again is a very attractive characteristic to potential employers.


As referenced above, a strong sense of inner-confidence in your approach to the work you do is important.  Sometimes there will be adverse moments in highly-demanding jobs.  Your ability to approach a crisis with a calm, “can-do” demeanor breeds a sense of belief in people that you are someone that can be relied upon in any situation.

If we can determine that you possess positive qualities that overall make up a strong, likable character, we will have total confidence in putting you forward and promoting you for high-level positions.  Because we will feel safe in the knowledge that a prospective employer will also discern these qualities in you during the interview process.

Choose Your Healthcare Recruiting Firm Wisely

Healthcare Recruiting

Choose Your Healthcare Recruiting Firm Wisely

When I formed Talent Achievement Group, a healthcare recruiting firm, back in 2014, I had a very clear vision of how I wanted to try and bring change to the recruitment industry. Recruiters have earned a bad name through many practices that are, shall we say, less than honorable, such as falsifying resumes and misrepresenting relationships. I know. I’ve worked for companies that believed this was typical, and accepted, behavior!

But like any industry, there are good and bad. I decided I wanted to build a healthcare recruiting practice that from day one held to rigorous ethical standards, with a total absence of these widespread deceptive practices, while turning the whole process into a real partnership between you, the candidate, TAG and your prospective employer.

By and large, recruiters aren’t doing you a favor, nor are you doing the recruiter a favor. The bottom line is that if you have an impressive background, you get to pick your recruiter. As recruiters, we are fully aware that we are not the only option. If we think we can place you, then there will be others that will think the same.

Therefore, the onus is on us at TAG to do all we can to help, advise and honestly promote your talents to whom we consider the right organizations for your particular skill-set. We see little point in trying to force round pegs in to square holes. It is a waste of your valuable time and ours. We are meticulous in attempting to put our candidates in a work environment that is the right professional and cultural fit for them.

The relationship you have with your healthcare recruiting firm is of paramount importance. It should be a relationship that is first and foremost based on trust, mutual respect, but also a liberal dose of gut instinct. If you “click” with someone and feel there is a real connection there, don’t ignore it.

What candidates often forget is that there is actually a myriad of services that good recruiters effectively provide for free. By our reckoning, close to 90% of our work is effectively “pro bono” – everything from resume writing and re-writing, personal branding, social marketing advice, interview practice, career and personal guidance, and of course a ready shoulder to cry on. The list is pretty endless. The flip side of this is that we also spend a lot of our time on getting to know our client organizations. For us to help them and place good people with them, it is imperative that we understand the ethos and culture of their company.

One of the more rewarding things we’re now experiencing at TAG is receiving new client and candidate calls coming to us on personal recommendations from our existing clients and candidates. As a recruiter, this is the ultimate validation and says to us that we must be doing something right!

I want to return briefly to the subject of trust. It is the single most important aspect in the recruiter/candidate relationship. We will spend time getting to know you by asking a lot of questions. We will expect you to ask us a lot of questions in return! One of the guiding principles that my company was founded on is that we wanted to establish long-term relationships with our candidates and clients. In effect, to provide you with elements of career counseling, should you need that advice.   We’re not here just for a “one and done” placement, we are genuinely interested in your long-term career path, your vision for where you want to be, not just in the near-term, but well in to the future.

Finally, I want to emphasize that there is a reason I named my company Talent Achievement Group; we rely on your talent. Without that, we have nothing to work with. But we wholeheartedly believe that with our years of experience, we can help you maximize that talent, placing you in better positions with better organizations and help you find not just a rewarding job but build a fulfilling career.