Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Medical Assistant Job Interview Survival Tips

Possessing the appropriate combination of credibility, training, and experience leads to opportunities. Surviving the job interview opens the doors! Here are our hottest tips for job seekers and working professionals.

Follow thise tips and you will be golden:

Make Them Want You!
Possessing the appropriate combination of credibility, training, and experience leads to opportunities. Surviving the job interview opens the door! Stay ahead of the curve by presenting yourself as a knowledgeable professional, and reliable member of the health care/medical office team. But realize, that since "value" is subjective, you will need to support your claim with objective, factual statements, and documentation.

Don't Be Shy!If you can show during the interview that you are their most qualified candidate it simplifies the decision-makers selection process. But at the same time, be careful, tough, because the interviewers expect you to prove your claim. So, before you talk about how you can add value to their office have the documentation that supports your claim with you and readily available.

Tell Them Your Qualifications
Don't tell them you are a great asset to their organization because your mother worked in a similar field for 30 years. Instead, tell them about YOUR traits and qualities that matter most to them in a medical office setting...
Traits that matter…• High standards
• Attention to detail
• Analytical skills
• Efficiency
• Dependability
• Integrity
• Persistence

• Enthusiasm
• Listening skills
• Communication skills
• Flexibility
• Teamwork

Show Them You Mean Business!
You'll have to convince those present that your knowledge and skills provide genuine value and benefits to their business. After substantiating your best qualities, show them that you mean what you say. Pull out your "secret weapon" and hand over the following documentation to the decision makers in the room:
  1. Resume (a detailed description of your achievements and experience)
  2. Diploma from an accredited medical assistant school (MA program)
  3. Letter of Recommendation (previous employers, volunteer supervisors)
  4. References (individuals in your community, businesses, or organizations)
  5. Professional certification documents (credentials by means of exams)
Now think about it!
Why wouldn't they want to hire a medical assistant like you? Do your homework so you are confident. If you don't you are more apt to struggle internally and blank out.

To learn more about educational requirements, and practical tips for handling emergencies, and proper documentation visit Medical Assistant Net on the Web. There is lots of additional "scope of practice for medical assistants" info at that web site.

Medical Assistant Job Application Tips

New graduates from medical assistant programs looking for their first job often feel that don't have enough experience under their belt to compete with others and often get discouraged.

Do You "Suffer" From Lack of Experience?
Lack of experience can be an obstacle for new medical assistants fresh out of school. Most employers, indeed, are looking for workers with one to two years experience when they hire and it is the new medical assistant who feels the sting of not having the amount of experience the employer expects.

However, little do new medical assistants seeking for jobs realize that their skills gained from previous jobs, volunteer work, related coursework, vocational training, and extracurricular activities can be just as impressive and beneficial as direct experience in the field. It should always be listed in the resume and highlighted in the interview.

As a medical assistant student YOU DID spend a considerable amount of time practicing important patient care skills under the direct supervision of your MA instructor:
  • Basic concepts of EKG, ESR, Hematocrit, Urinalysis, stool samples, throat cultures
  • Administering injections: intradermal, subcutaneous, deltoid, and Z-track
  • Basic wound care, bandaging, and cast removal
  • Snellen eye chart vision screening
  • Venipuncture/Phlebotomy
  • Collecting and organizing data for research and patient care
Medical Assistant Certification---The Best Documentation!
The BEST way to document your skills and qualifications is through certification! There's no better time than now. Get free publications to quickly determine which certifications are right for you. You can get certified based on your training or years of experience in the field. Find out when, where, and how! Free medical assistant study guides are also available...
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