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Nursing Job Interview

You've applied for the job. You're expecting an interview. You're excited yet nervous. How can you best prepare to win the job? The following 6 tips can help you raise your game and present the best you!

  1. Begin With The End In Mind. It is important to understand first what the health facility is looking for in a candidate. This understanding can help you tailor your responses to reflect your strengths and satisfy the facility's needs. While all facilities are not alike, most are looking for 3 things: (1) Competence. You must be good at what you do or have the raw skills to become competent (2) Personality. Facilities want employees with a good attitude, a team player mentality, and a strong work ethic. (3) Dependability. Facilities want an employee that is reliable. If an employee isn't there to apply his /her skills, then his/her skills hold no value.
  2. Rehearse! Like an actress on Broadway, your interview is your play. Practice your responses. This will help eliminate the "Um's", the "You know what I means", and will give you the ability to choose meaningful words that best describe you and your strengths. Ask your spouse or significant other to role play with you. Record yourself and listen to how you sound. Research the facility that you are interviewing with. Write down the questions you plan on asking.
  3. Set The Stage. If your interview is to initially be conducted by phone, inform your family that you are expecting an interview call and to please keep noises to a minimum and to not interrupt you while you are on the call. When the interview call comes in, be sure to turn off your stereo, TV and anything else that might cause a distraction. Keep bottled water close by to stay off a dry mouth. Have a notepad and pen available for notes. Go into a secluded room of your house and shut the door. Be certain to ask the interviewer his or her name. Write it down. Clear your head and turn the focus to your career. Have your resume ready so you can refer to it. Keep your facility research material in plain view. Have your questions ready.
  4. What To Do And Not Do During The Interview. Be a good listener. Avoid interrupting the interviewer and let her complete her sentence or thought before you respond or seek clarification. Smile. Smiling changes the tone and inflections in your voice. Let the interviewer hear your smile. Speak slowly and enunciate clearly. For a phone interview, stand while you are on the phone if possible. This too helps project a positive upbeat voice. Do not smoke, chew gum or eat during the interview. Don't doodle on your notes, surf the net, or glance through something to read. Keep your attention directed fully on the interviewer. If the interview is face to face, sit up straight and make good eye contact. For face to face interviews, dress appropriately, have your hair combed, and men make sure you shave or have your mustache/ beard trimmed. Use breath mints. For any type of interview, you must be comfortable with silence. Don't feel compelled to fill gaps in conversation. If the silence is too uncomfortable, then ask a question you might have to break the silence. Most importantly throughout the interview, focus on what you can offer, what you can do, what skills you possess, and what type of equipment you have worked with. Sound positive and be self confident with a willingness to learn.
  5. What Questions To Ask. Make a list of questions you want to ask. Think your questions through. Good questions often show the interviewer that you are intelligent and serious about the job opportunity.
  6. What Happens Next? If you want the position, ask for it at the end of the interview. If you are unsure, don't immediately turn it down. Think about it first. If after 24 hours you still don't think it's right for you, then turn it down. Regardless, always write a thank you for their consideration of you.

Best wishes on landing your dream job.