Give yourself a pat on the back. You finished your training to become a sonographer, or, as many people say, an ultrasound technician. Now the next step is to find a job doing the work you’re trained to do. Soon you’ll schedule your first sonography interview. Good for you. Don’t be nervous. Follow these preparation tips and you’ll make a great impression on the interviewer.
Think About What Questions The Interviewer May Ask
Of course there will be the usual queries, like your education and experience, but there will also be questions that require a more extensive answer. They may ask you things like what you would have changed about your training, or your technique for giving directions and explaining procedures to strangers, questions about your internship, and of course, the inevitable: why do you want to be a sonographer.
Don’t plan your answers word for word in advance. You don’t want to sound like a recording. Do think about the main points you want to make in you answer, though. When the question is asked, pause for a moment, take a deep breath, and gather your thoughts. Answer as honestly and sincerely as you can.
You can find several sites online that have lists of popular job interview questions and strategic answers. You can even find sites that list questions specific to your profession.
Be Prepared to Cite Examples
Many job interviews today include questions that start with ‘tell me about a time’. It could be something like tell me about a time you showed leadership skills or when you discovered a way to solve a problem. Try to pinpoint events that display your communication and cognitive skills.
Conduct Mock Interviews
Ask friends from your class, your spouse, or others to conduct a practice interview with you. By participating in mock interviews, you’ll have a chance to develop your answers and become more comfortable with being questioned. Even if no one else is available to participate, practice answering questions out loud and rehearse career-related narratives that could help you achieve your goal.
Don’t wait until the last minute to decide what you are going to wear. Choose your clothes carefully. You should wear a simple business suit or other office-appropriate attire. Make sure it’s clean and wrinkle-free. This is not the right time for a display of bling, funky hairdos, or strong perfumes. As a healthcare professional, you need to look clean, neat, responsible, and reliable. If your school-time budget hasn’t allowed you to keep up on essentials, you may find yourself in an emergency situation, having trouble paying your utility or food bills. Consider approaching cash advance lenders for help with your emergency situations until you’re back on your feet.
If you are not familiar with the area where the interview will be conducted, print out a map and study it. You may want to consider making a dry run to familiarize yourself with the route and the time it will take you to get there.
You’ve chosen a great career in sonography. Now you just need to go to that interview and make a good impression. By following these suggestions, you’ll be well prepared to succeed.