Preparing for a Nursing Job Interview

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Landing that key interview is an essential step while you work towards your dream job. You should prepare for a job interview as you would an important presentation. Do not show up to a job interview unprepared.

Since employers filling a single position frequently receive applications from numerous qualified individuals, the interview is often the deciding factor. The following are suggestions to thoroughly prepare for a job interview.

Beforehand preparation

Approach a pending interview as you would a final exam. While discussing interview details with the individual scheduling it, confirm the location, name of interviewer, and get directions if necessary. If you’re being interviewed at a large building or complex, visit the organization’s website to locate exactly where the interview will be conducted. Obtain an organizational brochure if available.

If you have friends or professional colleagues currently employed at an organization you’re interested in working for, notify them. Network with nurses currently employed at the organization to learn more about working conditions, employer expectations, and current staffing needs.

To prepare for an interview, find and read some articles about interview strategies and etiquette, and attempt to locate some information about potential interview questions. Take time to develop some answers, and list a few questions for the interviewer.

Review directions, pack important documents and notes, and review the proper pronunciation of the interviewer’s name the evening prior to the interview. Take time to review your questions, polish your shoes, and clean and iron the clothes that will be worn to the interview. Get enough sleep the night prior to the interview, so you will be awake and aware during it.

Step up to the plate

Leave your home early the day of the interview in case you get stuck in traffic or public transportation is delayed. Arrive to the interview early if possible. If unforeseeable circumstances, such as heavy traffic or inclement weather, prevent you from being on time for an interview, call and notify the individual conducting the interview.

After initially arriving for the interview, firmly shake the interviewer’s hand, maintain eye contact, exude confidence through proper posture, and avoid pretentious introductions.

Be sure to look your interviewer in the eyes while the interview is being conducted. Listen attentively, and pay close attention to the interviewer. By doing so, you’ll demonstrate your preparedness and concern for the interview. Write down important details you plan to discuss later in the interview. Employers are often impressed when applicants act sincere and excited during interviews.

Accentuate the positive

While discussing prior work experience and you’re educational background, emphasize factual prior achievements and strengths you possess. Do not act cocky, but do not hesitate to confidently discuss your qualifications. Do not criticize previous managers or colleagues, and optimistically discuss previous challenges. Likewise, speak in clear sentences.

Salary and work benefits are important aspects of any job, but avoid inquiring about these details early on. Many employers could interpret early inquiries about salary and benefits as the sole motivation for applying for the job. Interviewers are primarily concerned that you’re capable and focused on the job. Inquire about salary and benefits when appropriate during the interview.

Closing the interview

Leave a final good impression because you might not have another chance. Ensure the interviewer is aware of your interest in the position before the interview is concluded. Describe to the interviewer why you’re an ideal candidate for the position, and do not be upset if the job is not offered immediately following the interview, regardless of how it went. Final decisions are typically made by multiple managers, so interviewers usually discuss their impressions of the interview with colleagues.

Upon leaving, thank the person conducting the interview for his or her time. A few days following the interview, send a thank you note to the interviewer and express your continued interest in the position.

Learning how to interview takes time and practice. Learn from previous interviews and apply what you’ve learned for future ones. Regardless of how difficult or uncomfortable the interview process is, with proper preparation and time you’ll land your dream job soon enough.


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