Dietitian Job Interview Tips

When you are selected as a potential candidate for a nutrition job based on your resume, the next step will be an interview. Some companies will begin with a phone interview, and then if they like what they hear, you will be invited in for a face-to-face interview.

Other organizations skip the phone interview and begin with the face-to-face interview. Proper preparation and conducting yourself in a professional manner is necessary for a successful experience with both types.

Prepare your answers. Many interviews are similar in format. Those filling a position will often ask what you feel your strengths and weakness are related to the field, how you would deal with a potential situation related to the job, what you can bring to their organization, and about your most rewarding or difficult experiences. Take time to think about your answers to these types of questions.

Write them out and review them. Consider making a few notes to take to a face-to-face interview or have them nearby for a phone interview. You won’t be reading them word for word, but a glance at the page will keep you on track and save you from getting stuck when trying to answer an interview question.

Dress and act professionally. Wear your best business attire, arrive early to find parking, be friendly and approachable with your greetings, and shake hands firmly. Send positive non-verbal cues by sitting up straight, facing the person with whom you are speaking and avoid crossing your arms at the chest. For phone interviews, find a quiet, private spot for the call which is free of distractions. Have your notes nearby and be ready and waiting for the call to come in.

Ask questions. Most interviewers will invite you to ask questions.

It is a good idea to prepare some beforehand to show that you are interested in the position and company for which you could be working. Ask about the mission and philosophy of the organization or workplace environment. Ask about the details of the job such as current projects going on, any travel involved, working one-on-one with clients or groups, or day-to-day duties. Avoid questions about salaries and days of vacation. These are things that can be addressed later when you are certain that you are going to be offered the position.

Find a balance with the amount of information you provide. Answer questions directly, and then elaborate on it if necessary. Offer information about your education, work experiences and accomplishments, but avoid going on and on and including information about your personal life. Keep it professional. Providing answers that are too short and sweet is as bad as talking too much and getting off topic, so it is important to find a balance between the two.

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