21Sep

Staying in the same vein as preparing for success in a tech interview, let’s take a look at how to prepare for a Healthcare interview. Like in the tech industry, landing your dream job in the competitive world of healthcare can be challenging. However, with the right mindset, and through preparation, you too can emerge victorious. Here are a few tips that can help you prepare for a healthcare interview.

Customize your Resume

Craft your resume to highlight your accomplishments and how they relate to the role you are interviewing for. Like with other interviews, tailoring your resume to the job description can help you stand out to recruiters and potential employers.

Elizabeth Stoler, Principal at Green Key leading the Healthcare New York team noted, “It’s important to include your detailed job responsibilities for each position you’ve held and have a well-crafted objective that matches the position you are applying for.”

Stay Current on Industry Trends

It is important to stay up to date on the latest trends and developments in healthcare. Healthcare is an ever-changing industry and recruiters appreciate candidates who exhibit an awareness of current trends and issues. “There are new and exciting areas for both clinical and non-clinical professionals. Nurses now have more opportunities than they did several years ago,” said Elizabeth. “There are hybrid, remote and other positions available that emerged during the pandemic that have expanded the areas nurses can go in to. However, trends can change every few months, so it’s important to stay up to date on these trends.”

Practice Behavioral Questions

Recruiters often use behavioral questions to assess your soft skills. Use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, and Result) when discussing your experience.

Practice Interview Questions

Practicing with sample interview questions allows you to refine your responses, boost your confidence, ultimately increasing your chances of success. Indeed and University of Phoenix are just two resources that provide sample questions as well as sample responses to give you the opportunity to formulate well-structured, concise responses.

Elizabeth stressed the importance of thoroughly preparing for interviews by saying, “The best approach I always tell my candidates to use is to look at the job description for the position you are applying for and have ways you know you have done this job ready to go.” She went on to say, “If you haven’t done every aspect, have examples of similar responsibilities to highlight your skills. Study for every interview!”

Highlight Soft Skills

Interpersonal skills are a vital skill in healthcare. You should always emphasize your ability to communicate effectively, work in a team and most importantly, handle stressful situations with empath and composure.

Ask Questions

Preparing thoughtful questions demonstrates your genuine interest in the organization and role. When thinking about questions to ask, think about questions that will give you more insight into the team, the organization’s mission, and initiatives.

Elizabeth shared some of the secret sauce by saying, “We always tell our candidates to ask, ‘leading questions.’ For example, you can start the interview by asking – “I have seen the detailed job description and looked on your website but tell me more about the kind of person you are looking for. What skills do you think are important to succeed in this position?”

“That way, when they ask you about yourself, you can respond using the information you found out from these questions.”  

Additionally, Indeed has a list of some note worthy questions that can help you formulate questions.

Be Flexible

Lastly, when interviewing for a healthcare role, you should be open to feedback and possible follow-up interviews and/or assessments.

Healthcare interviews are not just about highlighting your skills, you should make sure to express your commitment to making a positive impact on patients and the healthcare system in general. By following these tips, you’ll increase your chances of success in a healthcare interview. Good Luck!

Jun 6, 2023

How to Write a Clinical Study Report

If you’re new to clinical research, or even if you’re not, sooner or later you’ll be tasked with authoring a clinical study report.

These reports are required by regulatory agencies here in the US and globally. They follow standards and guidelines set by an international group to facilitate creating a standard accepted by agencies in multiple countries.

“A clinical study report (or CSR for short),” explains Eli Lilly in a blog post, “Describes the endpoints or outcomes being researched, provides details on how the data were collected and analyzed, and confirms whether the study endpoints were met or outcomes were achieved. They help regulatory agencies determine if a potential new medication is safe and effective.”

The first questions a novice report writer may have, therefore, are “What do I include in the report,” “What’s the report structure,” “How do I write the report”?

The International Conference On Harmonisation answers those questions in a 49 page guideline that spells out the details and includes sample forms.

Even with the guidelines, preparing a study report is complicated work, requiring the collection of data, analysis and making sure it is both accurate and complete.

Fortunately, the Association of Clinical Research Professionals recently published a much less intimidating primer answering those questions and many more. “Clinical Study Reports 101: Tips and Tricks for the Novice” provides an overview of the CSR, giving us a framework for writing and organizing a report.

The author, Sheryl Stewart, goes into just enough background to give a first time author or contributor an understanding of what needs to be in these reports and why. That goes a long way to helping us know what a report must include. She helpfully points to templates, and reassures us that “there are no requirements to follow the template precisely. Not every section is appropriate for every study.”

Her top level discussion tells us the first step is to review the templates she recommends to help you organize the report. Outlining it will tell you what documents and data you’ll need.

The next step is to identify all the stakeholders. These will certainly include the clinical study management team, those tasked with responsibility for the data and others. In a “Tips and Tricks” section Stewart suggests, “Drafting a project charter or scope document to ensure commitment from all required teammates on scope, deliverables, and timelines.”

Each of the stakeholders should be given a time table for their deliverables. “Time management is paramount for clinical trial submissions to regulatory authorities,” Stewart says.

In her section on the writing of the CSR, Stewart briefly discusses each of the six sections, offering insights into the process. Write the executive summary last, she suggests, because it will be easier then.

She also has a few tips about the review process. Have the reviewers initially focus on content. Formatting and grammar errors are much less important at this stage. She also says that once the review team has signed off on a section, discourage backtracking unless something major changes.

How long should you expect the process to take? Experienced writers surveyed at medical writing conferences came up with an average of 17 days from delivery of the final tables, listings, and figures to first draft. And 26 days from first draft to the final draft sent out for review.

Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash

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