As a final year OT student about to embark on my career in the coming months (pending results) nothing scares me more than the thoughts of preparing for my first OT interview. Although I may be equipped with the core knowledge and skills, how will I portray my ambition and passion in an interview? What if I completely blank and remember nothing? I will be going from a professional student to a complete novice OT. What types of questions am I likely to be asked? What placement experience, grades or personal qualities will they look for? What?Who?How? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
From joining in on one of the #OTalk’s during the summer I spoke with the lovely and encouraging Kirsty Stanley @kirstyes to host an #OTalk around the topic of preparing for OT interviews. My thoughts around this topic and hosting both petrified me but I thought seeing as the #OTalk community are made up of a mixture of like minded passionate OT’s, I could use this to my advantage and ask everyone to get involved on the night (29th of October). Preferably offerring their advice and information on their own experience of interviews. I also thought that OT students already involved with twitter & new graduates could also benefit of the discussion and possibly tweet in some of their own questions.
This #OTalk also appeals to OT’s in practice who have been in the same post for a number of years who are considering applying for a new role and want to brush up on their own interview techniques.
I encourage the #OTalk community to get involved & discuss their experiences or thoughts in those 140 characters 🙂
Since deciding to host this discussion another wonderful and inspiring OT Clarissa @clissa89 who started her very first OT post just over a year ago has created a wonderful and helpful blog of her own experience of preparing for interviews. http://shamelessotgeek.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/occupational-therapy-interviews/ This blog post really gave me an insight into how best to prepare for interviews. Reading Clarissa’s blog really calmed my nerves as to what is expected of me and how I need to take a deep breath and not be so frightened of the interview process. I cannot recommend this blog post enough and I highly recommend everyone read it. Thank you Clarissa for sharing 🙂
I have also had the privilege of chatting with Rehana @LabmedOT a specialist recruitment agency offering locum recruitment services. Rehana’s input was a great resource as she gave me insight into what exactly recruitment agencies look for in a candidate and how they filter through CV’s. Some of Rehana’s advice are bullet pointed below, however I am keeping some of her advice for the night of #OTalk 😉 so please everyone get involved on the night!!!
- Keep your CV simple! Make sure it is easy to read as possible
- Include relevant details- bullet points ok don’t use paragraphs (small chunks/points are easy to scan through)
- Locum work is completely variable 4 weeks option to extend/ 3-6months (2/3 new grads joined permanent roles recently as managers liked them 😉
- A lot more paper work is involved for locum work candidate’s need to be quicker & more efficient! Perhaps mention this somewhere in CV/at the interview
- Be open to do different things and apply for new roles GO FOR IT!!! 🙂
Please OTalkers 😉 get involved on the night and share your experiences & advice so we can all reflect and learn from each other.