The chiropractic job outlook is bright. Employment for licensed chiropractors is expected to grow by 12% over the next 10 years. Once you secure a job interview, it’s important to properly prepare before meeting your future employer. Here are the top 5 tips for preparing for a chiropractic job interview.
1. Do your research
- Background and history of the company. Everything is on the internet. Read any articles or reviews about the company. Yelp, Google and Facebook are great resources. Read over the company’s website. Learn what kind of practice it is and familiarize yourself with the types of therapies and techniques they might use. Look for any indicators of the company’s vision. Most employers want an associate chiropractor who will stay long term. Learning a little bit about the direction the practice is headed will go a long way in helping you convey why you want to work there.
- The person who’s interviewing you. Along with their website bio, search for any articles about the hiring doctor or company representative you’re interviewing with. This may be able to help you anticipate questions they may ask as well as give you insight into who they are.
The best way to anticipate what you’ll be asked is to search for interview questions or read our most asked chiropractic job interview questions. Anticipate how you’ll respond by practicing with a friend or in a mirror. Pay attention to your body language along with your words. Keep your answers concise but detailed. Do not memorize your responses but do practice the bullet points of what you’ll say. Prepare insightful questions for the interviewer. They will appreciate that you’ve done your research.
3. Dress for success
You only get one chance to make a first impression. Even if the owner/doctor wears polos and khakis in photos on the company website, the interview is not the place to dress down. Dress comfortably in clothing that is tailored and fits. Your interviewer will notice if you’re uncomfortable. Don’t take the focus off of your chiropractic skills and why you’d be a great fit for the practice. Exhibit good personal hygiene by combing your hair and getting a haircut two weeks before if necessary. Take your cue from the company’s website as to the style of the office staff. Wear tasteful makeup, minimal cologne/perfume and simple jewelry. Again, be presentable but don’t distract from what you have to say.
4. Be punctual
15 minutes before is on time, and on time is late. Don’t walk in the door right at the time of your interview. Allow yourself a few minutes in the parking lot to collect your thoughts and relax before walking in.
5. Be yourself
Remember, you’re selling you. Don’t present a version of someone else. Be genuine and authentic. You want the right job for your personality, not just any job. If you are not the right fit for the practice culture, you won’t be happy long term, and neither will your employer.
Portions of this article were referenced from clever.com.