ABSTRACT An interactive session for students to establish their
Fri 30th Aug 2013
Session 3 / Talk 6
14:15 – 14:47
An interactive session for students to establish their
point of difference from other students when
applying for the first MRT job as a new graduate.
There will be discussion regarding how students can
sell themselves, and how to prepare for an interview,
with discussion around how to answer typical
So what is YOUR point of
A workshop to help you develop your interviewing skills………
The 3 year endurance exercise!
3 Years studying
3 Years learning
3 years being assessed
3 years preparing for that ‘1st night shift alone”
And not to forget the 3 year job interview………..
The next step……..
Expression of Interest Letter
- express why the employer should be interested in YOU!
- not too brief but not overstated!
Before The Interview!!
Features vs Benefits – the exercise!
You need to prepare for this interview
Don’t walk in confident without doing your homework
Is this the job you want?
How well do you know yourself
Are you prepared to sell yourself?
AND WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT FROM
EVERYONE ELSE THAT IS APPLYING FOR THIS
Features vs Benefits
Make a list of every role that you have had
from senior years of school through until
Volunteer work in a rest home
Working at McDonalds to pay your way through training
Top academic student at Ucol/Unitec/CPIT
The exercise continued….
What is the feature associated with your
Volunteer work in a rest home - Care for patients
Sporting Achievements - Commitment to training
Working at McDonalds to pay your way through training - Self-sufficiency
School prefect - Leadership
Top academic student at Ucol/Unitec/CPIT - High achiever
The exercise continued……..
So how will these features benefit your
Volunteer work in a rest home - Care for patients – Experienced in all aspects of
patient care, beyond what you have achieved in clinical
Sporting Achievements - Commitment to training – Self motivated to achieve at a high
Working at McDonalds to pay your way through training - Self-sufficiency - Independent
– not reliant on others, prepared to do whatever it takes, team work at any level
School prefect - Leadership – Self confidence, ability to lead
Top academic student at Ucol/Unitec/CPIT - High achiever – Strong knowledge to
Number of staff?
Trauma vs Private?
What is it about the above that attracts you
Hours of work - ? Shift work
Sole charge vs Team work
Trauma vs walk-in
What features of an employee are important to the
What sort of MRT do they normally like to employ?
What are their expectations of you as an employee?
What inside knowledge can you gain regarding the
Now put it all together….
Link all your features to benefits that are important to
i.e. I feel one of my biggest attributes is my ability to care of
patients as I have spent considerable time doing volunteer work
at a local rest home…….
i.e. I want to work shift work in a large trauma centre as I thrive
on the challenge of unpredictability. I have worked shift work at
McDonalds to pay my way through the course, which has exposed
me to shift work, as well as a multicultural array of colleagues
Create some commonly asked interview questions,
based around your research
Why do you want to work here?
Apply what you know about the job and employer
Shift worker in Rotorua hospital
Match your features and skills to these questions
I am committed to a high level of mountain biking and
through hard work and endurance I have achieved at a high
level. This region provides me the opportunity to support the
level of commitment needed to pursue this passion, and the shift
work will enable opportunities for me to train.
Practice, practice, practice…
Establish a list of questions
Find a friend to ask you all these questions and practice
Become comfortable with the sound of your own voice
Establish a sense of self-confidence
Develop positive answers to negative questions
Sense of humour
Do you have any Questions?
What do YOU want to know?
What does the interviewer want you to appear interested in?
What would impress the interviewer?
Don’t ask about pay!
Don’t ask about holidays!
Don’t inadvertently threaten the interviewer!
And on the day……….
Confirm your appointment
Know where the interview is being held
Get directions to the interview area/office
Dress like your life depends on this job
Carry a copy of your CV and a copy of referees and
AND STATE YOUR POINT OF DIFFERENCE