You’ll receive a call if the prospective employer feels your resume matches the job description asking you to come in for an interview. Be accommodating and schedule the interview for a time that is convenient to both of you. Keep your conversation brief. Focus on arranging the interview and not on your qualifications or on the position. Leave that for the interview and make sure to obtain: the date and time, the name of the person you will be meeting, the spelling of the person’s name and title, directions to the building, instructions for parking, and instructions for meeting the person. Sometimes you’ll be asked to wait in the reception area.
You have one chance to make a good first impression, so you’ll need to prepare yourself for the interview. The prospective employer is looking for you to prove two things during the interview – you fit the team and you have the skills to do the job. Here are the tings to do to prepare you for your interview.
* Visit the organization’s Web site and learn about the organization and its goals.
* Study the job description and be prepared to explicitly describe how your background meets the job requirements.
* Update yourself on the latest medical billing and coding trends so that you can discuss them during the interview.
* Refresh your memory on some unique requirements imposed by major insurers. You’ll then be prepared to mention these to show your depth of knowledge in the field.
* Review your resume for inconsistencies that might raise doubts over your qualifications – and then prepare a rationale to explain them.
* Dress to impress. Get your hair trimmed and shoes shined, and wear clothes that fit well and are clean.
* Bring three copies of your resume.
* Get a good night’s sleep before the interview.
* Drive by the employer’s location a day or so before the interview if you are not familiar with it.
* Prepare alternative routes in case traffic is backed up on the day of the interview.