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6 tips for a Skype Interview for Medical Roles (Pre-interview)

Skype interview tips

Preparing for your Skype Interview

Moving overseas for work is a big decision and while there are many steps that medical personnel have to take before securing a job, such as registering with Irish medical bodies, doing the IELTS and other exams; things really begin to hit home when you get your first interview. If you are overseas, it’s very likely that your interview will take place over Skype.

Here are 6 tips to help you with your Skype interview:

Check the tech 

Depending on where you are, you may either have a great internet connection or your connection may be choppy. A day prior to your interview, contact one of your friends via Skype and sort any connection or hardware issues you might have. Nothing is worse than receiving a call from a prospective employer to find that your head phones don’t work or your speakers don’t function. Interviewing consultants usually have a fixed amount of time to interview and too many glitches may result in them moving on to the next candidate on the list. Remember that your interview will very likely take place over a video call so you’ll need a stable internet connection.

Clean up your profile

In face-to-face interviews, an interviewers’ first impression of you influences how you are assessed. In the same way, what your interviewer first sees when they add you on Skype will inform their impression of you. Check your profile picture and status to make sure that they convey professionalism.

Stand Out

Look yourself up on Skype. You may have other users with similar names or multiple IDs. To make it easier for the interviewer to find you and to avoid further delays, choose the ID you are going to use and ensure that it is different from the other ones so that you can let the interviewer know which ID you’ll be available on. You can do this by adding an initial to your name or by describing the profile picture on the ID you will be using.

Dress the Part

While the interview is not face-to-face, treat it as one. Dress as you would for a regular interview because interviews tend to be conducted over video calls and the interviewers will be able to see you.

Set the Scene

As interviewers tend to use the video call function, how you present yourself and your environment is important. Find a quiet, well-lit space and ensure that you are not disturbed. Often times interviews are scheduled one after another and can sometimes run into each other or be delayed so make sure that you have access to this place for at least half an hour before and an hour after your scheduled interview time.

Don’t Forget Your Documents

Keep your passport or other identification documents with you as you may be asked to present them. Keeping your CV with you is handy as you can refer to it when talking through your experience.

While many of these tips may seem obvious, we have had occasions where candidates have tried interviewing while commuting, on vacation at the beach and in the corner of a busy ward. Have you interviewed over Skype before? Have you got any advice? Share your tips with us! Tweet us @ThreeQ

 

The Benefits Of Yoga For Nurses

The benefits of yoga for nursesNurses – Put Yourself First For Once And Unwind With Yoga!

Nurses are extremely skilled and are great at taking care of others. However, more often than not, they forget to take care of themselves.

It’s been proven that taking part in yoga consistently, has positive effects on stress relief and emotional health. A study carried out in 2015, found that after completing an 8 week yoga intervention, the participants reported significantly higher levels of self-care and less emotional exhaustion. Before you take care of anyone else, you have to put your own health first!

So for all of those days that you are taking care of everyone around you, don’t forget that you’re allowed to be selfish and take care of #1 first! (That’s you by the way!)

So why not take even 30 minutes a day. Just for you to unwind. Any time, any place that has a flat surface and just breathe.

Here are some of the ways that Yoga can help you do just that!

Here are some of the benefits of Yoga:

  • Increased Flexibility.
  • Stress Relief – Modulates perceived stress and anxiety by slowing down rapid breathing and heart rates, lowering blood pressure and increasing heart rate variability.
  • Increased muscle strength and tone.
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality.
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism.
  • Weight reduction.
  • Cardio and circulatory health.
  • Improved athletic performance.
  • Protection from injury.

Regular Yoga practice during stressful weeks can also improve mental clarity and concentration, making nurses more likely to manage their stress and pressure more effectively.

Never done yoga before? Hakuna Matata, my friend because there are so many styles of yoga that you can try as a beginner. Hatha Yoga is often recommended for beginners for the following reasons:

  • It’s gentle,
  • It has a slower pace
  • It encourages people to focus on correct alignment and form, to support their bodies.

The best-known styles of Yoga include Hatha, Bikram, Kundalini and Ashtanga Yoga. It is important to find a class that suits your work and lifestyle and discuss benefits you want with the instructor before signing up.

I don’t have the time or the schedule for Yoga classes every week!

I thought we might run into this problem! Don’t worry you don’t need to go to classes because there are so many great channels on Youtube that you can watch and learn from in your own time and for free! I highly recommend Yoga With Adrienne for a great 30 day yoga challenge!