Interviews are one of the most daunting tasks of getting into any institution. The questions are trickier than the toughest exams in the world and you hardly get a minute to think of the answer. Moreover, here your public speaking skills matter. You need to know what to talk about first and what not to talk about at all. Becoming a paramedic associated with any organization requires you to give an interview. Here are a few steps to prepare yourself for that interview
Research the hospital or school
This is one of the most important tips. Often the organization likes to see how interested you are in joining their firm. The best way to do this is to research about them. There is a huge chance that you will be asked some questions related to their company, whether directly or indirectly. Find out about their current projects and what they specialize in. any other information will be helpful too.
Prepare for personal questions
An interview not only explores the technical knowledge of a person but checks for other things like confidence and ability to think on one’s feet. They do this usually by asking you some personal questions. This is where most of the interviewees fail. Try and write down answers to some simple questions like – “Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?”, “Give us a brief description about yourself”, or “Why did you choose paramedics?”. This will help you not fumble during the interview since you are clear about what your answers are.
In every interview, first impressions are crucial. How you dress, says a lot about you. Preferably be dressed in formals. Remember to be polite at every step of the way. Ask if you can sit down before you do. Be conscious about your body posture and appear confident. Try not to seem overconfident at the same time.
A simple way to show interest in anyone or anything is to ask questions about them. After any interview, the interviewee (you) is usually given a chance to ask questions about the job or school. Take this opportunity and ask anything possible. ask something that shows your interest in the organization and not something selfish. Questions like “Will I get paid well?” or “Is there any compulsion to attend school” are strictly forbidden. Try something like “Will there be any internship opportunities?” or “Will I need to perform any other duties as a paramedic?”.
Know the questions
The easiest way to pass any test is to know the questions of that are most likely to appear. Some might call this cheating. I call it being well prepared. The questions vary by a bit depending on the reason for the interview. The questions that a hospital or a school might ask will differ. Here are a few examples of questions for both scenarios.
Questions for a student –
- Why do you want to become a Paramedic?
- What inspired you to go into medicine?
- What can you offer to this school?
- Why did you choose this school?
These are all standard questions for anyone trying to get into a medical school to be a paramedic. It helps to have a clear idea about these questions before attending the interview. If you don’t have one, you will probably fail in the interview since they won’t see your passion for joining them. Do not mug up these answers. It will appear rehearsed and they will know how to catch it. Just be clear about it.
Questions for a future employee –
- What experience do you have as a paramedic?
- Was any suggestion that you made implemented in your previous jobs?
- Can you illustrate your strengths using an incident from the past?
These are the professional questions. You may also be asked technical questions like –
- What do paramedics carry with them?
- What is the difference between EMT and paramedics?
- List out some basic life support medication that a paramedic needs to always carry
- How would you treat drug overdose?
Hopefully, after using this guide you will have the tools to ace any paramedic interview on the planet. Good luck!