By Kiley Griffin, R.N.
Nursing is a demanding career, and you deserve a job that values all you have to offer. Here are some steps you can take to make a great impression during interviews so you can find a job that fits.
For complete information and insights, read on — and get ready to get hired!
I. WHAT YOUR EMPLOYER/INTERVIEWER IS LOOKING FOR
If you are an RN with experience, your interviewer already knows that you can care for patients. They will put more focus on assessing your personality and attitude to make sure you’re a good fit for their organization. How do you make sure they see you at your best?
II. HOW TO PREPARE FOR A PHONE INTERVIEW
III. HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN IN-PERSON INTERVIEW
WHAT TO WEAR
Looking professional is important. Your interviewer will be looking at how you dress, how you present yourself, eye contact, positive attitude, and a firm handshake — and psychologists say you only have seven seconds for that first impression!
WHAT TO BRING
IV. QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK YOUR INTERVIEWER
Asking questions during the interview shows that you are interested in working with the hospital and that you want the position being offered. Here are some examples:
V. QUESTIONS TO EXPECT FROM YOUR INTERVIEWER
A few days before your interview, take some time to practice how to answer questions. If you are interviewing in person, keep in mind that staff from other floors/ departments may be in the room with you and your interviewer asking you questions to see how you communicate through different floors and departments.
Always be prepared to be questioned on anything on your cover letter, resume, and reference letters. And of course, know your strengths and weaknesses. They know that you are not perfect.
Here are some questions/scenarios to expect:
Behavioral interview questions ask you to demonstrate your skills and attitude by giving specific examples from your past experience that relate to the job opportunity. To prepare for behavioral questions, try to recall recent situations that show you in the best light. Be specific and honest.
A good approach for answering behavioral questions is to use the STAR framework:
Situation/Task: Describe the specific event or situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. This situation can be from a work experience, a volunteer position, or any other relevant event. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand.
Action: Describe the actions you took to address the situation. Be detailed. What specific steps did you take and what was your particular contribution? (This is an acceptable moment to use the word “I” in describing what you specifically did.)
Result: Describe the outcome of your actions and make sure you highlight either a positive result or an important lesson learned.
Example behavioral questions:
A wise man once said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” We wish you the best preparation and the best of luck during your interviews!