Job Search Tips: Résumé and Interviewing Tips
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
Thousands of resources are available to help you create a quality resume and fine-tune your interview skills. That said, here are some suggestions for making a good first impression at NMMC.
Submitting Your Resume
- A well-prepared resume will not lead directly to a job offer, but it might improve your chances of being considered for a position, when submitted appropriately. Here are a few suggestions for developing a resume.
Be sure to include your current contact information.
- Make certain your resume is up-to-date and clearly describes your strengths, past jobs and expertise.
- Always list education and experience in reverse chronology (most recent first).
- Keep it clear and concise. One to two pages in a consistent format, uncluttered, easy-to-read, printed on light colored paper (for scanning purposes) in a plain font.
- Present specific accomplishments and achievements, i.e., percentages increased, certification, job-related awards, etc.
- Be factual and don't exaggerate dates and titles. Always be honest. A background check that discovers inaccurate information could immediately disqualify you from consideration or might result in termination if you should get the job.
- Use the spell check feature on your computer or ask a friend to review your resume for typos or grammatical errors.
If you desire to submit a resume to NMMC, you have a few options. You can upload your resume as an attachment to your on-line application or you can mail your resume to: North Mississippi Medical Center, Attn: Employment Services, 830 South Gloster Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Preparing For an Interview
The NMMC interview process is anything but typical. You will likely participate in two or more interviews for a particular job before the final candidate is selected. Your interview could include pre-employment skills assessments, cognitive testing, informational unit/department tours or discussions of previous projects on which you have worked.
NMMC utilizes behavioral based interview questions, and the questions asked will depend on the position for which you are applying. All questions are meant to investigate your capabilities and potential to grow, as well as to help both you and NMMC make the correct job match decision.
How to Make the Most of Your NMMC Interview
- Be on time for the interview. Allow plenty of time for parking and arriving at your destination.
- Come well rested. You will typically meet/interact with three to five different people over the course of your interview process. You want to be mentally prepared.
- Dress professionally and comfortably.
- Freshen up before you interview (hair, makeup, teeth, etc.)
- Be courteous to everyone you meet, not just the interviewers.
- Relax and be yourself. Natural enthusiasm and positive attitude will take you a long way to making a positive impression.
- Show self-confidence and self-respect, but not a self-centered attitude.
- Research NMMC before your interview so that you will be prepared to ask questions.
- Don't be a no show! If circumstances dictate, cancel your scheduled interview as soon as possible. Being a no show for an interview may reflect negatively on future employment opportunities.
- Be prepared for behavioral-based questions. You will be asked quite a few. Past behavior is an excellent indicator of future performance.
- Be honest about your intent. If you are interested in the opportunity, let the interviewer know. If you realize this is not a good job fit, let him/her know that too.
- Ask about the next step in the hiring process so you will know what to expect, but also understand that not every candidate will be proceed to that step and time constraints vary from department to department and job to job.
- Confirm contact information so we can reach you, if necessary.
- Remember, an interview is an opportunity for you to get to know us, as well as for us to get to know you. Relax. Ask questions. Listen. Learn. This may be the beginning of an exciting new career.
After the Interview
Send a thank-you letter within two days of the interview to all persons with whom you have interviewed.
Generally, numerous candidates are interviewed for each job. If additional interviews need to be arranged or additional information is needed, we will contact you. Please be patient.
Generally, hiring managers will contact all non-selected applicants completing a department interview to notify them the position has been filled. Usual notification is by telephone or letter.