Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Questions to ask during an Interview

During the end of your interview, the tables are turned and the interview asks, "Do you have any questions for me?" Take advantage of this opportunity. It's the best way to determine if you'd be happy working/interning there, and whether your goals are aligned with theirs. 

It is important that you come up with some questions on your own, however we have come up with a quick question list that we have found to be important when making your decision on offer day! Most of these questions also work when interviewing for a job as well

1. During the interview most supervisors talk a little about the internship and the process, but I always liked to get clarification and write it all down. Some forget to talk about it and want you to ask. You can ask questions like:
  • Describe your internship program to me.
  • How many and which rotations will I get to have(for a job: what department is this position in)?
  • Who will be my supervisor?
  • Describe a day in the life of an intern. (We use this question to learn if you will be doing more of the clinical side to child life or more of the play side, a good program should have an equal mix of both)
  • Do you have a separate set of assignments for your intern or do you go with what’s required from the university? (This is important if you are still a student during your internship. Communication is key.)
2. Some hospitals have child life in scrubs, while others are business casual, either way might involve you purchasing new clothing pieces. Ask:
  • What is the Dress code?
  • What shoes are allowed?
3. If they are looking for someone that is the complete opposite of what you are looking for then maybe this hospital isn't the best fit for you.
  • What are you looking for in an intern (or child life specialist)?
4. Thinking about after the internship, what experiences and resources do you want to walk away with?
  •  What is the percent passing rate for your previous interns taking the certification exam? Do you do anything to assist with exam preparation?
  • Does your team do any community outreach projects or special events that I will be able to participate in our help out with? 
  • Is anyone on your team conducting any research currently? 
  • Do you provide in-services or other educational sessions for your interns? 
  • For a job interview be sure to ask about educational opportunities for you. Are you able to attend conferences? Grand rounds? Will they pay for your tuition if you decide to go back for your masters? ect. 
     5. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH ABOUT THE HOSPITAL. Know why you are interested in them. Know something interesting about them so that you can refer to it during your interview. How did you find them? Maybe you found a video from their hospital on YouTube or you've visited the hospital before. Have they been in the news? What specialties are they known for? Keep your information organized so you do not mix up your hospitals. You should treat each interview and hospital like they are your number one choice. 

What are some questions that you like to ask? What was the most difficult question you've been asked?


Anonymous said...

Tks very much for your post.

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