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Helpful Training to Strengthen Your Next Interview

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Career Change, Career Services, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Centura Columbia, Centura Newport News, Centura Norfolk, Centura Richmond, Centura Virginia Beach, Lifestyle, Tips & Tricks

Helpful Training to Strengthen Your Next Interview

By Esperanza Poquiz

Some of us find interviews a little nerve-racking while others may be cool, calm and collected. Preparing for the interview process can ease stress. Whether you are a pro or amateur, keep these tips in the forefront of your mind when going to your next interview.

First Impressions

We’ve all heard that making a great first impression is important. A survey showed that 66 out of 2,000 hiring managers knew in 90 seconds if they would hire the job candidate. Ensure that your appearance gives the hiring manager a great first impression by:

  • Smiling
  • Having a firm handshake and great posture
  • Wearing more neutral colors like: black, gray, navy blue and white
  • Communicating with proper vocabulary and grammar

Confidence

Having confidence in yourself definitely shows in an interview. Emitting confidence lets the hiring manager see that you know what you want and you take initiative. Radiate confidence through:

  • Voice projection; don’t mumble
  • Eye contact
  • Body language: don’t fidget, play with your hair, touch your face or cross your hands over your chest
  • Hand gestures, but keep them to a minimum
  • Enthusiasm; Let your personality shine and show warmth

Know Who You Applied For

Before going in your interview be sure to do the following:

  • Research the company and get general information
  • Have a specific position in mind and learn the requirements of the position you seek
  • Come prepared with questions based on the company
  • Know the company’s mission statement and what is important to them

Final Suggestions

  • Have a generic answer about why you lost or left your last job
  • Don’t put down previous positions, employers or peers
  • Don’t focus on pay, schedule or benefits in the initial interview
  • Ask relevant questions

Be sure to keep these suggestions in mind for you next interview. You can also ask family and friends for help through mock interviews. Good luck!

How Much Does a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Make?

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Medical Billing & Coding

How Much Does a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Make?

How much Does a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Make - Centura College

The rapidly aging American population has created a crisis in the health services and insurance industries. There are far more patients than there are doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, so the Federal government has been forced to step in to create incentives to attract more people into these industries. While you need at least a college degree to qualify for most jobs in the industry, office support roles, like medical billing and coding specialists are growing at a rate of over 20% a year, with no end in sight.

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Medical Billing and Coding ICD 10 Requirements

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Medical Billing & Coding

Medical Billing and Coding ICD 10 requirements delayed | Centura College

The Medical Billing and Coding ICD 10 Requirements are delayed until 10/1/2014

The Medical Billing and Coding ICD 10 Code Set was originally slated to replace the out dated ICD 9 Code Set in October of 2013.  The Department of Health and Human Services announced a 1 year delay which puts implementation at October 1, 2014.  This was in large part due to the AMA’s (American Medical Association) advocacy for more time and for the Department of Health and Human Services to reduce the amount of regulatory burdens to be placed on the physicians because of the new requirements. …Read More Here

Well Advantage Partners with Centura College to Staff its Workforce

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Career Fair

Well Advantage Partners with Centura College and hires over 20 Centura College Graduates in the Medical Assisting, Medical Billing & Coding and Practical Nursing Fields!

Well Advantage Partners with Centura College

From Left to Right: Robin L Howell, Well Advantage Richmond Office, Dawn McCormack, Well Advantage VA Tech Office, Steven Terry, Centura College Career Services Coordinator, Valisha Cranford, Well Advantage Area Director, and Sandra Hampton, Well Advantage Richmond Office

On Wednesday, June 19th 2013, The North Chesterfield (Midlothian) campus of Centura College partnered with Well Advantage for an onsite Career Fair for the graduates of Centura College.  Well Advantage is a medical services organization based in Sykesville, Maryland that specializes in providing access to activities, services, and education in the area of health, wellness, stress reduction and fitness within their client’s place of work. …Read More Here

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